From Ballerina to Corporate Branding to Extraordinary Fitness Trainer
If you are a woman who is feeling down about your health or your fitness, maybe your weight, or just life in general, you are in for a treat.
This episode can offer our male listeners plenty of fitness tips and inspiration as well, so don’t write this one off until you give Kristin a listen for a few minutes – you will be captivated by her story!
Kristin began studying ballet at the age of five. Like most girls, her body underwent a transformation in her teen years that ended her ballet career at age 15. Not because she could no longer perform ballet – the “gatekeepers” of her local ballet school told her that her body was “not the right shape” for ballet. This was an unfortunate event that made a considerable impact on Kristin. Tragically they took her first love away from her, so she shifted into other forms of dancing for the stage.
Fast forward to her early twenties – Kristin began a new career in the adult beverage industry, working in the branding and marketing departments. This work involved a lot of traveling, and Kristin was also the only woman in a team of 18 men. She shares how these years molded and shaped her in many good ways that empower her practical fitness coaching work today.
She’s a biohacker, certified fitness trainer, a “high-performance maven,” and a nutrition specialist who loves helping women gain optimal health.
Tune in to this interview with Kristin. Allow her wit and wisdom to capture your attention as she shares her passion for fitness, biohacking, and testing the human body to see how far it can go.
In this podcast, we cover:
- Kristin’s journey from child ballerina to corporate branding to certified fitness trainer
- How she bought a fitness studio to transition out of corporate America
- What it means to be in “warrior woman mode”
- How Kristin coaches women to become warriors while developing other “softer,” vulnerable parts to their personality
- Kristin describes her typical clients and the journey she takes them on
- Why Kristin strongly believes in ice baths and why she has her clients do ice baths despite their initial fears
- How Kristin incorporates meditation into her program
- The legacy Kristin wants to leave on this earth
The Beginnings of Kristen’s Warrior Woman Mode Mission
In her own words: “Warrior woman mode is a name I pulled, the LLC name, five years ago. I wanted a name that encapsulated strength and a little bit of that ancestral health, like a nod to traditional health.
I want women to understand how strongly they can stand. I always talk about women as powerhouses. They can have a ripple effect on the world.
So there is a warrior aspect, but I also like to remind myself and help my clients discover that they don’t have to be so intense. I have a Type A personality, and I work with many Type A females – but there is a softness that we need to bring to ourselves. There is a vulnerability. I think moving to California helped me open up slowly. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have talked about my background in the same way because it felt personal or like a wound that I didn’t want to share. But there’s a softness, and that softness has strength when you can talk about your broken parts.
That’s what I like to find – women who feel like it’s broken, and I show them it’s not really broken. It’s a vital part (of yourself) to share.”
How does a woman become a warrior yet retain their total femininity but can flip a switch at any time and say, “not today”?
Kristin said, “What I’m doing is working with women from a 360-degree health perspective. I’m not a medical doctor. And the women that come to me typically are between ages 30 to 55.
These women come to me for several reasons. Before Covid, it was mainly to lose weight and feel better. Which I think is upside down. You need to cultivate a healthy body, and then you can lose fat. If you’re looking for fat loss so you can gain more muscle, have better mental acuity, or sleep better? All those things will happen.
So what I do is work with women to help them understand that this is a 360-degree picture.
If a woman comes to me with a medical condition, that’s challenging. I will work with their doctor and make sure there are conversations. We’re all in the loop together. I spend nine weeks with them, and I’m a combination of the best accountability cheerleader and experienced coach they could ever have.
Be sure to tune in to the full episode if you want to wrap your brain around the “warrior woman mode” mindset and way of life. Kristin has 20+ years of fitness coaching experience along with many certifications, including breathwork. You have probably heard people talk about taking cold water plunges or ice baths and the positive benefits that result from doing something that seems so crazy on the surface. Kristen’s level-headed and personable approach to coaching will steer you correctly – even in ice water.
Take the plunge – ice baths could change your life.
Read The Episode Transcript:
Wade Lightheart: Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening. It's Wade Lightheart with BiOptimizers with another edition of the awesome health podcast. And today is such a great day because we are having our first live recording from the studio in the bio home, Venice beach, California. This is a dream come true. We've got decks in the background running and joining us today is Kristin Weitzel. She is the warrior woman woke mode, warrior woman mode. That's a mouthful and Kristin is a high performance muscle Maven trainer, extraordinary, jumps into hot saunas and cold ice paths in between ferocious muscle workouts and being an online information or infopreneur would that be accurate? Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. Definitely. Wade Lightheart: So you've got a great background. Why don't you just tell people a little bit about your background rather than me kind of reading, all the stuff. Tell me about how did you become the warrior woman? Kristin Weitzel: I get my background's a little bit of, it's been a bit of a journey, like much like yours. Wade Lightheart: So When did start? Kristin Weitzel: It started on long Island and grew up a dancer. I was super into trying to understand where my… Wade Lightheart: What kind of dance? Kristin Weitzel: Ballet. Wade Lightheart: Oh, wow. Oh, so you got the nervous system. Like that's a really tough sport. Kristin Weitzel: A lot of external rotation and a lot of, yeah, a lot of like nervous system control, living in sympathetic quite a bit. So dancing was amazing. And it was an opportunity for me to say, I mean, also back then, I, I like to touch on the fact that ballerinas back then there was a very strict understanding of what your physical form needed to look like. And so that came with some negative stuff, right? So body dysmorphia and things like that. Wade Lightheart: Right. Cause they're telling you, you know, you're, you're a young developing woman and you're like, Oh, you're too heavy. Or your butt's too big. Or, you know, your boobs are growing and that's not good. You need to be like 13 pounds and be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. And that's just… Kristin Weitzel: Totally! Wade Lightheart: It can be very unhealthy. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. So it was like just bad for the brain in some ways. But I think I got really quickly wanted to understand how I could feed my body well and still stay lean and still stay fit. And there was a lot of, you know, miscommunication and the things that I was being told and the way that I felt and all that. So figuring out very quickly, how do I eat? How do I take care of myself so that I can also like, sort of live in the best physical space that I'm in. And just like you kind of mentioned earlier, you sort of hit the nail on the head, which is I got into my late teenage years and developed very quickly overnight into a very different shape of woman's shape. That was. Wade Lightheart: So when it's just happens? Kristin Weitzel: 15 years old or… Wade Lightheart: So how long have you been dancing for? Kristin Weitzel: I started when I was five. Wade Lightheart: So you're 10 years in with all the goals and ambitions of a young person. And what's the time commitment on being a warrior? Kristin Weitzel: I mean I was taking classes at least three days a week and then I was headed and I ended up going to performing arts high school as well, but I sort of shifted trajectory is a lot of which, because thankfully it's different today. Like the, if you look at the prima ballerina for the New York ballet company, women are more shapely, they're more powerful. They look stronger, there's a different physique and understanding of physique and strength. But back then, it was just like, I was sort of shuffled into this, like, Hey, maybe you should look at like tap and jazz and other dance forms because you're not, your figure doesn't really quite fit the mold of a ballerina. Right. And so that was like a little bit of an initial, like blow to my mindset in the sense that I thought, maybe prima ballerina would be the thing I can do. Right. Some people want to be an astronaut or a fireman or whatever. And I thought prima ballerina and that went away pretty quickly. Wade Lightheart: What was that like emotionally? Kristin Weitzel: It was… Wade Lightheart: Cause it's kind of an interesting time, you're kind of a young developing woman and all of a sudden there's this judgment placed upon you by some external concept, but you don't know anything about, that's telling you, you're not quite what we want for this. Something that you've dedicated so much time to. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. It was like I just, you want, I think when you're a young woman in your teenage years, you really want, you like need a cheerleader. You're still learning how to cheer yourself on. And so there, all of these external pieces of information are coming at you. So it was like, it was a little like heart-wrenching really. Andalso emotional years, right. Growing hormones are fluctuating. Things are getting crazy. So it was a bit challenging. I think it gave me a negative image of sort of the way that I looked on the outside that I had to kind of tackle and probably for a bit sort of buried that down. And it was like, okay, cool, go and do some other forms of dance and theater and acting and singing and whatever else you could do that fit that performer mold. And I did a lot of things around food from that point on, interestingly enough, justI started juicing when I was like 17 or 18 years old. I bought a juicer. It was not very common back then. I was tryingfood combining, diets, like, you know, things that may or may not work or, you know, have been wives' tales, but just how to pair food and what was like to be, I tried veganism vegetarianism… Wade Lightheart: Where are you doing this to kind of lose weight or be healthy, or to fit into a certain physical kind of like, Hey, I need to fit and look a certain way. And that was that the driver. Kristin Weitzel: The driver was like, I wanted to feel good and look good and feel good about myself. And I think I was connecting a lot of that to like different ways I could eat to make myself really have a lot of vitality. And I think part of my mindset was if I can find the right eating lifestyle, then maybe I'll feel better about myself, which we know as adults probably, you know, that's not really the direction to go, but I was trying real hard to connect those dots. And that's why I look back and I think such a weird journey to take it and be like, how do I put food there as the thing that might solve the issue, the deeper issue, which is that I needed to understand how to love myself more. Right. And so that, but that started like, I'm still thankful. Like we, when you and I spoke on my podcast, it's like, you're thankful for the things and the failures or the challenges of the strife you had, because that's the thing that sort of gets you to the next place. And so I look back and think, how thankful am I, that I explored all these interesting eating lifestyles and choices and trying to do things and got made fun of sometimes as it happens in the world and got to the next place where I could understand what kind of foods worked for me. And eventually through a very winding road of working in corporate America and being the girl who's launching brands like red bull at the same time, running home from the office and going to like the gym or fitness classes, et cetera, figuring out how to kind of balance my life together and then bringing me here. So the long winding road of all of that lands, where I get to do what I think I was meant to do, which I needed all these years of experience around food and nutrition and studying fitness and getting certification so that I could help women specifically, that's who I enjoy working with. Because if you go back all those years, I think that women, you know, we've had some challenges. It's not that men don't have challenges. It's just, I liked to work with women to overcome the challenges, whether it be marginalization or body dysmorphia or having low energy or getting too many of my clients have gotten to a place in their life where they're like, I put everything into my career and my kids, and now I turned 40 and I don't know who I am. Right. So there's this inside out mentality that we need or mindset that we need to work on. And so,I use all the tools in my toolbox and all the biohacking that I can muster and all of the partners and friends like you to be able to integrate into a program with women that I think changes their lives. Wade Lightheart: That's great. We're going to get to the biohacking stuff, but I want to back the train up, cause you put up a couple of points. I think that I don't want to brush over and especially in today's world. And there was two things that I noticed about your story that I think that's really connective for women or even men, but let's specifically for women. And so you get into this developmental stage, you've got kind of a pathway, suddenly there's a change and you start experimenting with all these things to kind of appeal to a certain aesthetic or goals around that. And you're subjected to being made fun of or being stuff. And now in today's world, they would call that bullying or whatever, my question is, is that a total negative or do you think that's kind of a natural evolution of humans to kind of chip away at each other and you've got to kind of develop a thicker skin and develop it, or do you think that was so devastating? Not everybody's going to overcome it or you had some challenges from it? Like how do you, how do you see that today? Because right now there's this massive campaign about anti-bullying and don't make fun. And then there's, you knowI dualistic racial component. So if I'm a black person for say, I can say things to other black people that a white person can't say, even though that's common, I might listen to you know, if I listen to certain music from black rappers, they can say things in the song that I can't repeat. If I'm singing along, I can get taken out from it. So we've kind of blurred the lines of what's kosher. What's not kosher, what's acceptable between different cultures or what's acceptable among women. What's acceptable among men. What's acceptable race. And that's all become this mash pit of anti-bullying, anti hate speech, anti negativity, but the world's a tough, Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. The world is a tough place and cancel culture is hard. Wade Lightheart: I think the consequences of trying to protect everybody from every possible thing doesn't really make, you know, life's a rough and tumble sport. Nobody gets out alive. What was the impact of that? Those challenges, both from the external level, the judgment of your physique. Second, maybe some of the bullying quote, unquote, or negativity that you experienced in that. And how do you think that formed you both positively and negatively? Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. I'd say this is like an amazing question and something I've been like journeying a little and journaling a little and talking to people about lately because I think that there are long term ramifications to everything, right? It's like your body keeps score your cells and your brain and your energy and, and everything keeps score throughout your life. First. It's like, I don't have children of my own, but I see it with my niece and nephew. And I see with friends and clients, children who are bullied in school, you can see that it's like, it's really a tough thing to separate all the pieces because especially as kids are growing, they are all feeling different things and emotional States. And quite often we know this, I think as adults who hopefully have processed or have had therapists or things, it's like, well, I was in pain and therefore I was bullying someone else. And that's part A and part B I think is like, where's the line? The line keeps moving. And for me, a lot of the negative consequences, I think of like, I do not look at myself like the foremost feminist in the world, but I do look at some of the things that went on in my life either at that young age or even like when I first stepped into corporate America, that there is this term that I almost hate to use about saying, like, there has been a long-term long-standing marginalization of women in many work environments. It does not exist in the same way at all today. But when I was in my first corporate job and those arenas, I definitely had and have had to own lately that I had bosses that were, I had amazing bosses, but I also had many more bosses that were wildly inappropriate behaving. And that doesn't necessarily just mean towards me, but just seeing, you know, you got to call it what it is. It's just like, I predominantly had white male bosses. I was in the beverage industry. I was in beer. I was in, you know, the energy beverages. I was in all of these things as they were launching. And that shift, that energy coming at you, that foot feels like you were being judged a lot for your external, what you look like, what you sound like. And also my first corporate job, I was one woman in a regional team of 18 men. And when I talk about hazing and you think about it as like a college fraternity thing, I never have been so haze in my life as I was in that arena. And all of that can sound negative, but the thing that happened to happen, which was also the silver lining is that I learned really quickly how to communicate and change my communication style and shift and work and have conversations with men. I learned how to slowly but surely build boundaries in my life and telling people like that's not appropriate. And it took time in some cases. And in many cases, it wasn't even the people that I reported to, it would be I'm out visiting stores and locations and bars and nightclubs. Can you imagine at like 21 years old and thinking, you know, I've got the world on a string, I'm learning how to be like a business woman. And it doesn't feel like that, like there's alcohol involved in many cases, right. Wade Lightheart: Well, that was consciously aware areas when you go to a bar in New York and when you're 21 years old to see your clients. Kristin Weitzel: Totally. And so now I look back at it and I think I'm so glad that the world has gotten a more grown some more awareness about cultural differences, about differences in the way the sexist communicate and things like that. Just that we're all becoming a bit more fluid in general. But it's, part of the reason that I love to work with women is because there are many women that I've worked with various different ages that are dealing with different things like that, whether it's bullying, whether it's, you know, challenging work situations or whether it's… For me, quite often, I felt like, and I come into contact with women who feel like even now that they need to be able to be smaller and calmer and sweeter and hidden in order to be accepted. And that's like not the case. That's not real, right. It's a thing that we've sort of been set up for. And so there's a lot of passion in that area for me, because I have run the trajectory and I did really amazing jobs of creating boundaries and fighting back. And I did really poor job, in other cases when I was young and didn't know what to do, but something that it leaves you with, it leaves you with this, like, who am I on the inside? I need to figure that out. How do I get my insides to match my outsides and the person I to the world. And so if you have that Rocky journey and many different types of people have that journey where we're trying to figure out how our insights measure outsides and who we are and how we show up and what kind of integrity we live in and all of that. And you learn, in my opinion, you learn as much from seeing people show you what to do as having people show you what to do. It's just, you know, I was lucky enough to have a standup set of parents who we lived in a, you know, medium income household. I was lucky enough to stay in a relatively same, the same school for most of my life. I had some, you know, there was some positive economic factors that I had that I think helped a lot. I was a good student. Like I just, I could misbehave and run on off and do all the crazy things I wanted, but I still made sure I was a good student. Cause that was like, really, it was sort of like, if I could just get good grades, then we'll see everything else. You know, responsibility wise. I was like a little bit allowed to do, you know, within reason. Wade Lightheart: That's great. I call it this the natural experimentation of view youth, and hopefully you can survive it. I know as a male, I think a lot of people fail to recognize that if you make it to 30 years old as a male on the planet I think you've just outperformed almost all of the males in history from a longevity standpoint of traditionally we've you know, killed ourselves or been killed by someone else, whether that was voluntary or involuntary through the circumstances of life throughout history. And now we're in a different world. And the secondary piece to that is all of a sudden we had the invention of the birth control in the 1960s, which changed the possibility matrix for most women. Let's face it, millions of years of evolution, the only species on this planet for women to be able to control that, which opened up this whole range of possibilities. But now has changed that traditional social dynamics in such a radical way. We're still trying to adjust to that. And who knows how long it's going to take. And they'll probably some vacillations in too far, in too back and who knows where it'll all end up. Before we get to the warrior woman mode. How essential do you think those learning experiences, the tough things, the things that sucked or might've been emotionally or psychologically, physically challenging, how much do you think they led to who you are today in your career right now? Kristin Weitzel: I mean, they were instrumental in making me feel the level of, you know, hate to use the word passion it's overused, but it's just like, I would never be able to, I don't love being on camera and I would never be able to sit on camera now, especially with clients in this interview, all of this, if I wasn't feeling so, such an underpinning of wanting people and specifically and especially women, because I wanted and had to learn how to do that for myself to show up every day, to be able to have self-worth and to be able to feel like I could love myself and care about who I am. And I still something I work on every single day, you know, I had an Instagram live and like moment connection thing, this morning for half an hour with one of my clients who wanted to share the work we've done in her success. And it's such a beautiful journey. I'm so proud of watching the women I get to work with. But a lot of what came up on the conversation is sort of mental health and like how we are managing with what we're dealing with right now. And also how our mindsets affects everything that we do. Right. It's like, it seems easy to say, but it's not, it's like simple, not easy, right. Every day to wake up, to feel good to get out of bed. And to know that if you just get outside, get some sun, you know, and do the very best you can that like every day we'll feel hopefully a little bit more okay. If you're, if you're struggling with that. Right. Wade Lightheart: So let's go to the next phase here where you kind of went from corporate America and living the corporate dream. At what point you, I would suspect and correct me if I'm wrong, but you got disenchanted with that thing and decided, no, I'm going to go on a different route and throw barbells around and help women become warriors. Like, so what happened there? Like, where did like love of fast forward take us through that journey to get to where you're going today. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. So I was working incredibly crazy hours, 90 hour weeks for a long, long time. And like, in a way that's living in airplanes and hotels and really waking up and being like, where am I? Like you think It's like a thing somebody saying about a song, but it's like, I woke up on Tuesday. I had no idea what if I don't look at the hotel phone or the something over take me, you know, a few minutes, or maybe not even, I'd be like, where am I? And so that journey of working in corporate and let me be real clear. I learned a lot about people. I learned a lot about managing personalities. I manage massive teams. I hired thousands of people across the country. I educated them and taught them how to educate others. I learned about marketing and his amazing journey, but I was exhausted at the end of like 15 years of, cause I don't do anything half measure. Wade Lightheart: Right. I got that. Kristin Weitzel: So I'm like 110% and wildly intense about the job but it got to the end of 15 years. And the whole time every market I landed in, you will appreciate this. I'd be like, where's the juice bar? Where's the vegetarian spot. Where's this place I could get like clean source animal products if I was eating those at the time. And I would have to kind of do that research in advance, like my own little, like play my own secretary and be like, okay, let me, I want to stay at this hotel because it's close to this place and I can walk here and there's a yoga studio there. And so it was just like a little running joke amongst my team here. And they were like, did you get the green juice place or the gluten-free shop? And so after years of doing that as a pastime and becoming a certified yoga teacher and studying nutrition and just plugging myself away at certifications on the side, it was sort of like my friends and family thinking, like, when are you going to like, make the shift? We all are waiting for you to make. And it probably took me longer than it took them to figure out. But after 15 years I said, okay, the only way to really do this is to jump ship. And that was so hard at like my last day was like, Oh, an amazing day for the new adventure. And I like cried my eyes out at the office. I was working for sailor, Jerry rum at the time. And I was had, you know, had a wild fun adventure with that brand. And I just sort of like gave myself a high five for those years and said okay reinvention, let's start again. Wade Lightheart: So then Monday hits, you've left the corporate career. You've left the safety net. You've left the corporate trajectory. Right. What did you leave at for, but like what were you going towards it that much. Kristin Weitzel: At that moment? I was going towards understanding what it felt like to be on the back end or the inside of the fitness world in a way that wasn't like, I was never competing to the level that you were, I wasn't working on that. I was like, how can I help others by getting their physical form and shape? I had this dance background, I love all this fitness. I'm certified in like yoga and Samba and strength training and all these things. And so how can I do this? And so I looked and found a woman who was moving away who had a small boutique fitness studio. And I bought the studio from her. I moved to New Hampshire, I was like you are seeing… Wade Lightheart: So you bought this new. Wow! Kristin Weitzel: Everything. And then I went to New Hampshire and was like it's quiet here. Wade Lightheart: It was a big shit. Kristin Weitzel: It was a big shift and I was there for two and a half years and I did everything right. And so many things wrong and everything you could possibly in between for a fitness studio owner. And I learned how I applied marketing, where I used to have massive teams to do my brand marketing, or was just me and I set up classes and book trainings and did all that. And I loved it. And in the end I realized I kept running these like paleo challenges throughout the course of the two years I was there and thought, and then I saw a big juicing challenge, which my ex partner was calling Juice Pocalypse. Cause I was making all these juices like hundreds on home. Wade Lightheart: Anybody that's done Juicing understands what that is just fiber and juice and things blown up. This is a mess. I love juicing but I'm super happy to walk over here and here just get my juice done. I know it's 20 bucks, but I just don't want the headache. Kristin Weitzel: So crazy. So yeah, I had that big aha moment at the end where I was helping fitness studios. I was running my fitness studio. I was being asked by companies like mind, body to come and get paid, to speak about marketing to the fitness world. And that was great. And I was like, I'm good at this, but you know, when there's just that thing that's missing. And I was like, it's just missing. Wade Lightheart: Yeah. It's like a song without bass or something. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. Totally. Wade Lightheart: There's no bass guitar. There's something missing here. I'm not sure what it is. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. And so my heart was like going in the right direction and I knew I was like, it's close. I don't know. And then there was a year or so where I had, my father had about with cancer several times. And then a year he was very sick before he passed away. And that was a really challenging year. He passed away, my partner of 10 or 11 years and I, and New Hampshire decided to split. And I was like, Oh, little tragedy strikes. And that both was the worst year of my life following that. And the best, because what it did was I broke off everything. I sold off the business lists and the name. And I picked my things up and I moved to Los Angeles and I've been here three years since. And I, you know, I had the vision for the business before I had made the name, like warrior woman mode and a logo and like all the marketing things. But I didn't quite know how it would feel until I landed here. And some of my clients from fitness businesses or fitness studios before came on right away. And some of my clients were built through the relationships of me, training different people in different modalities and boot camps here. And when I landed in California, thankfully I found like XPT and then oxygen advantage. And I got breathwork certified and cold exposure. And you know, all of the layers of the biohacking stuff or that we would say the fitness piece sort of merged together because I had been doing likeyoungers book clean and Dave, you know, all the Bulletproof stuff I had been doing that since New York, like 10, 12 years when it was like the weirdo with butter and her coffee. And that was part of the like discovery and research and intrigue and my partner at the time, like I will always credit that he did so much research so that we could both do it together. It's always nice that when you have someone in your life, who's like wanted to expand. Wade Lightheart: On the same page. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. Wade Lightheart: The values are, Hey, let's do some butter in my coffee and jump in the ice bath. Kristin Weitzel: I feel all this stuff out and the basic explainer in the house. Wade Lightheart: It's like cool! Kristin Weitzel: It was like insane. And so I had that really beautiful baseline. Again, another thing that was like, not an easy ending, but wouldn't trade because I would be so different. And then here I am in California three years and every single day I get to get up. And even the hard days I get to get up and I know why I'm here again. Wade Lightheart: Beautiful! Kristin Weitzel: That's the moment, right? That's when you're like, okay, it's not easy. Or today I might not make ton of money or, you know, these challenges arise or you have a big success, but you still are like, both my feet are on the ground and my heart is full. Wade Lightheart: That's beautiful. This is such an interesting thing. You know, if New York is the center of corporate America, California is the center of health, fitness, and wellness. And in these kinds of areas, and I know my own journey spanned essentially 33 years to get to the point where I was actually living, working and doing my thing here in Venice beach California, let's dive into what you're doing now and how you're expressing yourself as and helping women. I think that's really where it, thank you for sharing all that personal side of the story. I think it's always so many people kind of say, Oh, like, you know, like you're jumping into ice baths and you're in this hot saunas. And you're like throwing these ferocious weights around. And you were like, you know, like you're a warrior woman, but hearing it and people think, Hey, she was just born this way, but you've really molded and craft yourself into the person that you are today. And these experiences both positive and negative are little parts that kind of make you tell me about your business right now and what you're doing and who you're helping and why that's so important and passionate for you. Cause you know, like as soon as you talk about it, you just light right off. And I think for everybody that is caught in the corporate machine and some people are born and love it and that's where they're going to be. They're not listening to this podcast. And there's some people that are listening to this podcast are in that and wanting to kind of express, maybe a different way of being. And when I see people light up like that, I go, okay, that's the person that's on point that like, they found their passion. They found what it is that they would, however long it took them get there as irrelevant to the point that they're expressing it. Talk to me about your work. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. So warrior woman mode has been around for, I mean, I pulled the name, the LLC name, you know, five years ago or something. And I wanted to have something that encapsulated strength and also a little bit of that, you know, a nod to ancestral health in some way but also, you know, a lot of times, yeah. Warrior woman mode. I was telling you earlier that Sean Wells who I've met recently as like warrior woman mode, like, you know, you do it like a radio, video. Wade Lightheart: Warrior Women mode… Kristin Weitzel: Totally. And I don't know, like my tagline is like switch on warrior woman mode, but… Wade Lightheart: Booting out. Kristin Weitzel: Some way, there's like, I want women to understand how much they can sort of stand. I always talk about women as powerhouses, just like this like be can of something that can have a ripple effect on the rest of the world. And so there is that aspect of warrior, but I also like to always remind myself and the people I'm working with that there are at cause I'm, that can be intense. I have an A type personality. I work with a lot of A type personality females, but there is a softness that we need to bring to ourselves. And there is a vulnerability. And I think especially maybe it's California, that's helped open me up slowly, but especially the last few years, you know, I might not have talked about my background in the same way five years ago, because it felt personal or like a wound that I didn't want to share or something but there's a softness, there's a strength in that softness of being able to say here's where my broken parts are, you know? And so that's what I want to find. Women who feel like it's broken and show them it's not really broken. It's a very strong parts to share. Wade Lightheart: There's a really interesting historical aspect of the Spartans that very few people know about who were oftentimes considered kind of the ultimate icon of warrior mode. AndI read the book on the Spartans and where the movie came from the course of this historical aspects. And there was a couple of things. It was really interesting, but basically it was one of the Squires that had worked as serving. One of the Spartan warriors was captured in battle. And then after that the captain one, he released the whole concept, which had been hidden for hundreds of years of how these Spartans actually lived. And a couple of things that was really interesting is that the Spartan warriors would wear these bands into battle and they would take them out and they would put one in the bowl. Okay. And they had a double piece, they put one in this bowl before the battle. And of course like warriors back then, like people are running with 220 pounds of battle gear. They're beating each other. And it's like guts and blood and death and dying and stanchion, fire. And people get like, it's horrific beyond anything we could we talk about, Hey, someone said something bad to me. We're talking about people running you with swords and beating you with hammers. And, you know, it's pretty intense. And after the war, after the battles, the adrenaline piece would be so intense that people would be bawling on the ground, laughing uncontrollably. They would literally go into a shock state because it was so intense this life and battle thing. And of course, when the Spartan workers that were killed, of course, they would find that the bowl there, you know, maybe that person got maimed beyond recognition or you can't see them, or they've been burned to death or whatever. And the ones that would come back, the Leonidas would say, Hey, it's okay to cry. It's okay to bring the emotional part, because this was you and your family life. This is you as the father. This is you as the husband. This is you as the person who operates there, we put that in the bowl when we go to battle and we go warrior mode. But when we come back, it's okay to have these emotions and connections because we want to reconnect. And I think that's a really beautiful part about becoming a totally balanced human is to be able to have that on switch, to go after it. And nothing touches you. And we're going to achieve this achieve our goals or whatever objectives are, but to recognize that we can't be in that mode all the time. So when you say you flip the switch or you help women maybe cultivate that warrior caricature, that icon Sasha fierce, if you will, in their lives, where they go out into the world and being that, but they don't lose this other side of them, which is another aspect. And how do you communicate this to your clientele and what type of clientele comes to see you and that sort of thing. I'm curious about that, because this is a new era for women to kind of cultivate and adapt and maybe some of the traditional upbringing or old paradigms don't necessarily you talk about the shrinking away or not being able to do that. New Speaker: So how do you become a warrior still retain your full femininity on the other softer parts, but know when to flip the switch and say, not today. Kristin Weitzel: I mean, I try to look at it. I mean, what I'm doing is working with women from a 360 degree health perspective, right? So I'm not a medical doctor, so many cases of women, some women come to me, typically it's like 30 to 55 year old women. They're coming to me for a number of reasons. Pre COVID, it was a little bit more of this like I want to lose weight to feel better, which I think you and I've talked about before. It's like, I don't believe that is, I think that's upside down. I think you need to cultivate a healthy body and then you can, the fat will be able to lose the fat. If you're looking for fat loss, so you'll gain more muscle or you'll have better mental acuity or you sleep better. All those things happen. You know, the weight loss comes when the body gets aligned when homeostasis happens. And so what I want to do is, I work with women to get them to understand that this is a 360 degree picture. And as much as we say that we don't take the little actions every single day to make the shifts that need to happen in our physiology. So sometimes I will work. If a woman comes to me and has a medical condition, that's challenging, I will work with their doctor and just make sure there's conversations. We're all in the loop together, of course, but I spend nine weeks with them and I'm a combination of the best accountability cheerleader they could ever have. And a coach who has spent 20 plus years, if you go back to my certifications, all the research of just reading and learning and working and talking with mentors and knowing people like you, so that if I will never have every answer, but I know that I can pick up the phone and ask you a question, because look at the experience you bring to the table as someone who I know. And so I take this full picture of health and I work with women and I bring them through a nine week journey. And it used to be an eight week journey in the beginning, but it always find that when we first lay it out, everyone needs a planning week. They're like, okay, I see what's on the table. I've made this big commitment, but now I need to just set myself up for success. Whether that means like grocery store trip or buying new sneakers, or just really setting themselves to go, okay, I'm in, right? It's like maybe taking the, produce it off and leaving it in the bowl and getting ready and knowing it's a, we are going to lean in because we will speak every single day. We have a video call once a week. We speak every single day, at least on text and each week, instead of trying to make them digest everything at once, each week we have a focus and it's like every week you get an opportunity to focus heavily on something. And most of those focuses are layered on top of the baseline nutrition and the baseline fitness programming, we've set up for them for the course of the nine weeks. And so you can imagine if I gave them seven things to do a day on top of food and fitness, they would be like, Kristin, over here, it's like, you know, setting them up for failure. Wade Lightheart: So what is the typical night, I hate to generalize but who are the type of women per se that are coming to you? What are they hoping to achieve? Or what's, you know, the modus or get them there. And then what do they discover? Because I find that when I used to do a lot of personal training or coaching, people would come to me thinking, Hey, I want this, I want a six pack. And I used to tell them, Hey, you know what, getting you in shape, that's easy. Figuring out what you think you're going to gain from looking a certain way. That's where the real rubber hits the road. So what type of women are coming to you? What are they coming for? And then what are they learning in the journey when they're with you? Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. Great question. Because I always say they come, women will come to me and say, this is what I want. And I'm like, okay, you can have that, but you're also going to get what you need, because there is a, you can't have a six pack if you get an hour of sleep at night, but that just that's the reality in many, many ways, you know, so women are coming to me typically because it is an intensive program. I mean, I have a great meal plan. That's like DIY, if you want to compartmentalize and work on some stuff, and you're a good, like, go get her. I have programs that are a little more DIY and digestible pun intended, but the night. Wade Lightheart: DIY what? Kristin Weitzel: Do it yourself. Wade Lightheart: Do your self. Kristin Weitzel: Just like that, like that are a little more do it yourself and like self paced. But the nine week program, it's like the diamond in the rough program. It's the chance for women to make a commitment to themselves, to get buy in from their families. And, you know, just making sure everyone around them knows that they're doing it and that they have someone that's basically holding them. Like, I'll catch you if you're fall the entire time, right. To answer their questions, to not have to do all the research. And the women that are coming to me are quite often on the edge of burnout in some way, they've tried nine diets. They can't get the fat list that they want. They feel terrible. They're not sleeping well. Right now, a lot of women are coming to me who are saying, I'm really depressed. I'm really living in anxiety every day. And I don't even know why, like, it's not like one thing happened in the morning. It's just, I wake up this way. And how do I have some solves for that? Women who are trying tons of different supplements and no idea what they're taking, why they're just like, I saw it on this TV show or this person said this or whatever and… Wade Lightheart: I need you to alleviate that anxiety by taking action and spending my resources because I get the little biochemical hit that I've done something to deal with this, but you've never dealt with the absolute cause on the deep level. So you kind of, you know, a lot of people don't realize that great ton of marketing on television is driven by fear and lack. You're not worthy. You're not good enough. You've got this issue, go see your doctor, take this pill, take this drug. Kristin Weitzel: You just try my venue. Wade Lightheart: Right. Yeah. Or, you know, completely indulge yourself in, you know, the luxury item of du jour so that you can get validation that you're worthy or that you're successful or that everything's okay. But you know, those have, I would say diminishing shelf lives until eventually it doesn't matter. Right? It's become like, you know, a new car, a new dress, a new outfit, a new person who, you know, a new program, whatever that… Kristin Weitzel: Like, I'll be happy. I'll be fit. I'll be healthy. When I buy that thing, I would argue that you and me and everyone who's watching this, you yourself are the luxury item. And you need to find the way to like start on the very inside. And it's going, you know, this from working with many different athletes, it's like everyone has a different physiology and a different response mechanism to the way they perform. And figuring that out is an art. It's like what, it's where, if I launch back into the career of hiring thousands of people and training thousands of people and working with all different types of personalities, it's where I got a level of mastery around getting to know a person quickly, right. Someone recently said to me, I interviewed a gentleman on my podcast who said, it takes a long time to learn someone. And I thought there is some truth to that, but I also don't subscribe to that. I think if you are open and vulnerable and put cards on the table, as many women do, who come to me because I very quickly want them to see the trust we can have amongst each other. And that requires me sharing as well. But it's like, if you can cut yourself open and put your cards on the table and say, here's where I'm broken, then you can with, especially when you have a coach, right, you can build yourself to the place you want to go. Like I say in the beginning with women, I want to work this nine weeks with you. And at the end, the thing I want to give you, I'm going to check in with you all the time to see if you feel like we're in the right trajectory. Because at the end of this, I want you to meet your next, the next version of you. And then, and that, like, I always say to them, it kind of sounds a little hokey, but the reality is that they will say to me, at the end, I felt a little hole. That felt a little hokey when you said it back then, but now I can't believe the woman. I am. I can't believe the person I become, I can't believe I'm sleeping or eating, or, you know, there's a work with some women overseas who have a wonderful, fabulous cultural diet of fried food and sugary things. And they think I'm just going to get through the nine weeks so I can go eat that thing again. And at the end of the nine weeks, they're like, I don't really even want it. And I can't believe I'm saying this. It's like a living commercial for the work that I do because they just, their taste buds have changed. Their physiology has changed the way that they feel changes. And they know that it's not that important to have that thing. So the big, full circle is that I work with meditation. I work with breath work. I work with cold exposure. If I can get him in a tub of ice I'm down. But if not, they're taking cold showers, they are… Wade Lightheart: What's that like, I mean, let's the purpose of people? Like, what do you mean a tub of ice is something. Now of course, many of our listeners are going to understand that, but let's talk about the tub of ice program that you may subject one of your students do. And before we get into that, I'll give you a moment to think about it. But I remember when I first hired my coach, Scott Abel, back in 1997, and he laid out some pretty harsh words for my diet and my training and my supplements. And he just smashed me in and, you know, but on the other side of it, he also said, look, as your coach trust is earned. And so when we start off your ability to communicate the information that's going on in your life in an absolutely transparent manner is critical because I'm going to put you to things that you never thought you would ever dream of doing. And I always love the movie. If you ever remember, like the Rocky movie, the Rocky movies is not him winning. That's the part that's cool. It's the transformation. Or if you watch the Hobbit, it's the transformation of the character. Or if you watch Dorothy, it's the trend in the wizard of Oz. Like, it doesn't matter that the hero's journey, it's not the outcome it's school the person becomes in this journey and their exposure to their fallacies are there. Their insecurities are their weaknesses that allows them to come forward this, but jumping into an ice bath for a lot of people seems absolutely bananas. I mean, I left a cold country for that reason. Tell me why you do it. What's the benefit of do it. And then what happens for women who engage in this process with you? Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. I mean, cold exposure, ice bath, ice plunging, lots of people know Wim Hoff, right? So there's a lot of that, like ice man. I think it's a. Wade Lightheart: What if a nice woman. Kristin Weitzel: A nice woman. Wade Lightheart: Don't you think so? Kristin Weitzel: I'm ready for that role. It's one of my favorite things. Like it's, you know, it's the thing that gets a little sensationalized, cause it's like on social media and lady Gaga and then people are in ice and it feels very dramatic, but the ice, it's like as it goes in the ice, it goes in life. Like you want to find your blind spots, throw yourself in a 40 degree Fahrenheit, tub of ice. And I know that sounds, a lot of times people will say I'm working up to it. And it's like, okay. But unless you have a big Contra indication that your doctor would tell you about or something and for your, for like pregnant or you have heart disease or something, you can get in a bath tub of ice and you can manage it by using your breath and you can overcome it. And there are a massive amounts of long-term benefits. But the other one thing you are always going to get out of it is learning mental toughness, learning resiliency, understanding how your nervous system responds to stress and understanding how to down-regulate in an intense moment so that when you're in traffic or there's an accident or trauma or COVID or any of that that you can say, okay, I know how to do this. I know how to breathe through this. I know how to manage this. And I potentially just know how to get through the process, even if it doesn't feel so good. And that to me is like the number one benefit is like building resiliency, building mental toughness. And we could talk for a whole podcast about the benefits from a cellular level versus I'm a fan of cold showers. We get benefits from that too. I'm a fan of cryotherapy. Awesome. But the benefits are tenfold. When you get in a bathtub of ice, the evidence and research sort of talks about this for six minutes. Even if you have to do two rounds of three minutes. Wade Lightheart: Yeah. So let's walk. I think this is a really fascinating piece and there's a lot of mystery around it. So imagine that I'm a first-time person coming to your place and I'm walking in the door and you're like, okay, today is ice bath day. What does that process that you're walking a person through? Kristin Weitzel: I am definitely, I'm trying to get people to know that it's something, there's two different ways, it happens, right. If it's my one-on-one clients, they kind of know what's coming. They follow me on social kind of relationship. They know that they'll have a week. That is, I have a, one of my women who's in the cold exposure week right now. And she's texting me every day. Like, Oh my God. But you know what she's doing it. And it's great. So I like to have people know it's coming. I also coach over here in Venice, not so far from you on Wednesdays in gym. Wade Lightheart: Yeah. Kristin Weitzel: Breath and exposure. So there's like sauna and ice and breath work there. And that combo just goes beautifully together. So mostly people know it's coming, but the anticipation of the ice bath is worse than the ice bath itself. And so… Wade Lightheart: Isn't that Interesting just the fear that could brings up for people's like, Oh, I don't know if I can handle it. Kristin Weitzel: For sure. It's like, it's a notation on how weit's not, you're not in the present. Right. You're in the, what's going to happen in the future. So it's just like this little microcosm of showing you where your brain and how… Wade Lightheart: Which is where a lot of anxiety comes from a negative projection into the future. Kristin Weitzel: It might not even happen. Quite many people get out of the ice and they're like, wow, that was awesome. I didn't think I could do that. And it's like, yes, you just did it. So there was no need to worry about it. Wade Lightheart: So you get them ready, you know. Kristin Weitzel: So, we get them ready. I usually breathe them first, just meaning, like I have a little session where they're breathing, where I talk about two or three pieces of downregulation. Less often do I do sort of Wim Hoff style breathing, although it's beautiful depends on how your nervous system works. But for very first timers who were really nervous, I like to down-regulate them using some breath work for about 10 minutes, getting people chill enough, maybe getting their mind off of it. That they're about to get into a cold tub of ice. And then I, I coach them. I have a conversation about how they need to enter the water and I have a conversation about what they need to do. And so if we're going to talk specifics about it, it's very much like don't stand on the side of the ice tub and anticipate for five minutes. You're only making it worse. Right? You just go sometimes I have them do, you know, hands on their hips and stand before they get in. But step, step in the ice. Some people like to hold their nose. I tell them to plunge their head underneath for a moment and then come up. And then we like put our thumbs in our fingers and cross our chest, which is just like this, you know, it does warm you a little, but it just makes you feel little safe. Wade Lightheart: Safer, little safer, little safer to the stress. Kristin Weitzel: This was a good point is that safety is the most important thing. But the area, even at the gym, which is a hard bang and barbell jam, you know, that's in the front of a garage, the space we have created has cactus and plants and it's in the back. And it's just, it feels much like people need to feel like they're in safety in order to do things like that. So making sure they're feeling safe and then I'm there every step of the way I'm there. I'm timing them. I know how to talk to them. I know how to keep them in or get them out, if there's any issue that arises, which, you know, I haven't lost anyone yet. And just really walking people through, not having to have it always feel like a PR like I'm going to do this many minutes, but just getting people to do. I always shoot to try to get people to do three minutes on the ice, their very first time, even if I'm not telling them that, just so that they have a success barometer but if they do a minute and a half and that's where they're at, then it's just as successful. It's just as beautiful. And then, you know, plunge underneath before and then on the way out and do a lot of breathing. So we do two X breathing for the most part long nasal exhales. And it's like, this is the thing in stress. If we down-regulate our breath. And that's like just a fancy way of saying that we are calming the breath by inhaling through mostly the nose, exhaling through the nose or hissing out the mouth for twice as long. It is sending a signal to the brain to calm ourselves, to calm our nervous system state to… There's this beautiful moment that happens that you may have experienced in cold exposure, but I call it the turnover. It's not an official term. It's just, when you see someone get on the ice, there's usually 30 to 60 seconds of, for lack of a better word. There's a little panic, a little fear, a little bit You have a response. Wade Lightheart: Shock, there is a shock factor. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. And so those 30 to 60 seconds, that is the time I really have to coach them. Once they get to about the 60 second mark, there's this beautiful moment where the body and the brain and the nervous system has a turnover and you can just even see it in their eyes and how they're breathing and how they're looking at you. Like white-knuckling, the tub sides. And at 30 seconds, 60 seconds, it depends. Everyone's different, right? The turnover happens and they just sort of like, let go into it and let go of all of the preconceived notions in the fear and the things in the cold and the body is like shunting blood to the central part of the core. And the brain is kind of like, okay, you're actually going to stay in here. So we need to now be regulate to make this stress manageable. And it's just this beautiful moment. It's like this opening, right? Not to sound all yoga, but it's just like the moment of letting go that happens. And then people can have a conversation with you and be fine and be wonderful. And, you know, just go for it. Wade Lightheart: I had a Mark divine, the Navy seal that developed SEALFIT and he was on the podcast recently. And I thought it was very interesting about, he said a big aspect of the seal training is just staying in the breath. And these are guys that are risking their lives in the most insane kind of situations, underwater, behind enemy lines, you know, getting bad guy, like true life and death situations. And what we thought was so fascinating, he's like, yeah, we start teaching people breath, how to manage their breath in order to just regulate and in a world that's so stimulant oriented and adrenaline kind of cortisol, dumping all and dopamine response with all this digital stuff. It's an inversion to maybe accessing an aspect of our physiology that I think is required in an increasingly complex or anxiety driven world. With some other things that you do with your ladies community programming… Kristin Weitzel: We do a lot around breath work because I think it's like the overlooked inexpensive gem. Wade Lightheart: Yeah. We put a number one on the awesome formula, air, water, and exercise before you even get to food. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah, right. And there's just more and more studies like Patrick McKeown has come out with a couple of books. I mean, James Nestor's book breath is been a New York times bestseller. Patrick talks a lot about the research, his book is oxygen advantage, the new one that that's just in presale now it's called the breathing cure. It is about all different correlations from research that is good deep years of research put into summarization against different illnesses, disease, stress, even COVID. And I love this book, the breathing cure, because it's got to, of course I was like, I have to have an early copy, but there's two chapters on women and breathing and how structurally and hormonally it affects our breath. And there's a chapter on sex and orgasm and breathing, which is like, everyone needs to read that. Wade Lightheart: Yeah, that's the first chapter I recommend. Kristin Weitzel: Exactly. And so it's like, how do we get to use the breath to solve so many of the issues that have arisen for us today and how are we kind of many of us breathing wrong? And so I do you know, for every woman that shows up to me, I like to, I customize the program. So it's not in many cases, I will have two different focal weeks around breath because one is learning how to calm the breath and use nasal breathing. And one is really around how we can put ourselves into like a high performance state or how we can do physical activity with the breath and really give herself the most benefit possible. But that's spans all the way to the crazy, you know, fringes. And I don't even think it's fringes, but when I talk about mouth taping, when people sleep, it spans to that. So I have some clients that will do that. I've had women come to me now just saying, I want to do eight weeks, but I want to do all breath because they have sleep apnea or asthma or something that's really challenging. Or the onset of like all of the COVID scare. If people want to learn how to breathe better, which is another silver lining of this. Wade Lightheart: I've had mouth taping suggested to me ever since I entered into a school that someone wants to tape my mouth up. And finally I developed a career of just blabbing. So I I'm totally resistant. So one of my coaches the other day said to me, How do you feel about mouth taping? And I'm like not doing it, but that's my choice. But anyways, I understand the mechanism and why that is. I just have to work out that deviant aspect of my psychology. Kristin Weitzel: So, I mean, we do other de-stressing modalities, like a lot around meditation. I do a decent amount of aggregation, meaning I will use a plethora of different meditation teachers and styles and share with them because people need to kind of find the right meditation partners style. Wade Lightheart: Right? Yeah. There's so many different types of people saying meditation, but there's so many different styles and waves, but it's just a new way of kind of interiorization. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. And for the breath work, I do other recordings custom for them. So tell me what they like and USIC and whatever. And I record them all because I love doing that. And then I would be remiss to not talk about, you know, the biggest piece of we set a lifestyle, eating choice for them, a food plan. I'm trying to work to build metabolic flexibility, but their nutritional support program. And this is how you, and I know each other is very, you know, it is very supplement based. And so me looking throughout the course of the year is finding the partners where I was like, I know this sort of thing is good. I know that the guys running the show are noble and you know, want to spread love in the world as well as health, right. In our ethical and all of that. And that's how I found you in the beginning. And I am, you know, always so thankful to have brands like yours, like BiOptimizers to work with because women's lives are changing and their guts are changing. And they're understanding, you know, the biggest thing I think of a woman is not just this nine weeks of being the very best health optimizer body she's ever had. But the thing that I can give these women is like, at the end of this, I want you to be able to go say to a few of your friends, Hey, I have some information I can share and you know what? I can go back to every one of those emails. I could run the program for myself again in three months, if I need a little reset, I've educated them enough that they are now more educated and they know what they didn't have to do. They didn't have to go through 19 hours of Googling and misinformation and have all these failures because they've had someone who on the road to success. I've had plenty of failures, right? It's like… Wade Lightheart: Success road is paved with the failure flagstones. Kristin Weitzel: Totally. And so it's like, how do we fail faster? Or how do we… I really love just leaning into it now. Right? It's like, it's uncomfortable, but it's also like, I know what the other side of the mindset challenge or the issue that may arise in my life, that there's going to be something that I can bring to a client that alleviates them having to spend years or months or days or whatever, just they'll do it in less time. So how is that? Like at the end of nine weeks, it's like, I've given you everything I got. If you need more than you go to wait or you go to the next person, but like everything, I want the very best client I can have as a woman who comes to me and it's like, you're a lemon and I'm going to get every drop of juice out of you. And I'm going to, for every dollar I spend with you, I'm going to just get everything because that's why I'm put on this earth is like, I will give them every part of me. I always say the women, it's like the first thing in the morning I will check in with them. It's like, I wake up, I meditate, I make my coffee. I meditate. And then the first, however, many women, five to 10 women that I think of other women that I'm working with. One-On-One and like it's nice to know that someone's giving a crap about you. First thing in the morning, that's like I have been fortunate enough to have people care for me in that way. And I want the women I work with to know that I'm in their corner in that way, you know. Wade Lightheart: Couple more things. Fast forward to the end of your life, how do you want to be known, recognized looking back on your life? How do you want to see it? Kristin Weitzel: I love that you're asking this question because the part of the reason I left corporate America is I said, look, I don't want to be like 80, 90, 150, however long I'm going to live, but I don't want to be that age and then have her run to gather around and be like, she got everyone into the best bars and the best cocktails ever like that was… Wade Lightheart: Well, that was cool when you're 20, it's pretty cool. Right? Kristin Weitzel: A big part of how I made the final decision to leap was thinking, this is not the legacy I want to leave for myself. The legacy I want to leave for myself is that I am giving women a platform. Like we talk about the shoulders of giants. It's like, I want to be able to give women faster, better, stronger platforms to stand on, to be their very best selves, like in their very best health. And the only way that I can continually do that is by doing what I'm doing now. Right. Whether anyone likes it or not. Right. That's the other message that you have a lot that I think is important to always share with the audience is whether anyone likes it or not. You figure out what you're here to do in this world. And then you just do it over and over again to the best of your ability. Because if you know, you know, right. Wade Lightheart: Last fast questions before we wrap it up and you know, kind of go to all your bad things, it's always like this fun stuff cause… So favorite healthy food? Kristin Weitzel: Favorite healthy food. I'm a sucker for Avocado. Wade Lightheart: There you go. Favorite unhealthy or decadent food ever you'd have something that's off the list regularly. Kristin Weitzel: Chunky monkey Ben and Jerry's. Wade Lightheart: Right, there you go. Kristin Weitzel: Oh my God. Don't tell anyone. Wade Lightheart: Favorite or most impactful book? Kristin Weitzel: I've been talking about it a lot lately, but I'm just gonna say it anyway. There's a book called going right by Logan Gilbert who, you know, it's so logical justification for pursuing your dreams. Wade Lightheart: Awesome. Favorite movie? Kristin Weitzel: Breakfast club. Wade Lightheart: Why? Kristin Weitzel: I wrote my college essay on the breakfast club movie because I thought in each one of us lives, each one of those characters, there is a version of the dirt bag and the cheerleader and the junkie. And so like, how do we put those together in a way that forms the person that we are. Wade Lightheart: Most influential person in your life? Kristin Weitzel: My dad. Wade Lightheart: Why? Kristin Weitzel: He taught me about unconditional love. He taught me that you can, even if you're not a hundred percent sure what someone's doing, if they're really excited about it, you should try to cheer them on. And he gave me permission. He was the first one that sort of gave me this nickname hurricane when I was a little kid and that stuck with me through, we were talking about burning man earlier and he just let me be me without judgment. Wade Lightheart: Favorite vacation spot. Kristin Weitzel: Malvi. Wade Lightheart: And I think I've got a couple more here that I can come up with. What would you say is the historical person that most influenced you? Kristin Weitzel: They have to be dead. Wade Lightheart: Doesn't like anybody in your history. Kristin Weitzel: I mean, I, you know, here's the thing I should have and I feel like I should have an answer. That's like, who's like the woman that really influenced me. I read a lot of, I want to say Shakespeare because I feel like I did all this theater stuff and I really loved it. If you're talking about someone who's like long gone and just… Wade Lightheart: Beautiful inside. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah, totally. Like, there's that. And then there's the first answer that I can't turn my head was Mark Sisson, because he really, that was like when reading his work, reading Mark's daily Apple, all those years ago, that was like lots of his great job of summarizing research. And like, lots of it was like slaps in the face, like talk about disconfirming information. It's like wait what's happening. So that I would say from the onset of nutritional curiosity assistant was a big, that's a big player. Wade Lightheart: He's one of the great influencers of our world and doing such a great work. Kristin Weitzel: Yeah. But let me say one other person who is Emily Fletcher. She's a very big influence on me. She's an amazing woman. And she runs Ziva meditation because she's always in the back of my mind, I meditate every day. And she's someone who got me to really be able to manage my emotions through meditation. Wade Lightheart: Another great contribution right there. So we'll put some links to that. Where can people find you social media website, all that sort of stuff. Kristin Weitzel: All of it is that mouthful of warrior woman modem, Instagram is their warriorwomanmode.com. I have a podcast called well power. Wade is one of the most fabulous episodes. You have to come listen to Wade well power podcast as well. And yeah, and then you guys also are putting a link in for my 30 day meal plan, which teaches women how to eat with their cycle and train with their cycle and has some fun recipes in it. I'm not a chef, but I worked really hard for a year to pull together the best of the best easy peasy recipes. And I gave you as a code, so your audience can get it for a really sweet deal. Wade Lightheart: Well, you know where to find it, all the links are there. I want to thank you to all our listeners who listened to this episode of the awesome health podcast bye-bye BiOptimizers. And thank you for joining us, Kristin, and the warrior woman mode, all the links and connections to that will be found in the show notes. And of course, welcome to the first video podcast thing. I want to thank our behind the scenes man, decks over here. And Kristen, I know you've been waiting for this, and it's great to have you as the first guest. And I know we'll be having you back again for some of the events and some of the things we'll be doing maybe next time we'll go upstairs and throw some weights up on the roof, up in God's gym. So for all our listeners, thank you for joining us for our very first in the bio home video episode, we'll see you on the next episode, take care.