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About Calm the Beast

Hosted by Dan “Nitro” Clark, former American Gladiator, NFL player, bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and heart attack survivor. “Calm the Beast” will give you all the tools you need to help you bust through your fears, doubts, and anxiety so you can unleash your best self. Tune in for an inspirational guest, a story, or a quick motivational episode with some of the most brilliant minds in health, fitness, entrepreneurship, psychology, entertainment and spirituality. You’ll love Dan’s easy-going, conversational interview style as he digs in with guests to give you tools, ideas, and inspiration to take action in your life to become the best version of yourself and live a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.


RECENT EPISODES

19: Misty Diaz | Adaptive Athlete, Influencer, Role Model.

Misty Diaz has completed more than 200 obstacle and endurance races – but when she was born, doctors never thought she’d walk. Diaz has a severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect that kept her spine from developing properly. By her mid-20s, the pain and exhaustion of 28 surgeries left her depressed and addicted to opioids.
In this episode Misty shares the journey from not being able to look in the mirror, to running over 200 races, to starring in a lipstick campaign with billboards in Time Square, to finally finding self-love and acceptance.

18: Bobby Castro | From Busboy to $300 Million

Bobby Castro’s story is the epitome of American dream. With only a 9th grade education he incredibly wound up building and selling his company worth $1 billion. Tune into this episode to hear how he made it all happen. 

17: Mo Gawdat | Chief Business Officer, Google X / How to Engineer Your Happiness

Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X],  the division of Google responsible for moonshots like the self-driving car and worldwide WiFi delivered by balloons. After the unexpected death of his son, Ali, Mo went on a journey on how to engineer happiness as a way to process his grief.  He shares what he learned in his bestselling book, “Solve for Happy.”

15: Sarah Hiner | How the Healthcare System Doesn’t Want You Healthy

Dan interviews Sarah Hiner, a health and wellness expert and CEO of Bottom Line Inc., about how to navigate a healthcare system that doesn’t want you healthy. In this wide-ranging conversation, they dive into parenting tips, whether anger and rage lead to illness, and how to advocate for yourself during a hospital visit.

14: Ben Angel | Bestselling Author – Bio-hacker

Ben Angel is the bestselling author of the groundbreaking new book, “Unstoppable” that introduces a revolutionary new approach to understanding depression, anxiety, and stress through the lens of neuroscience, psychology and biohacking.  In this episode Ben shares how in 2017 he became severely depressed, experienced crippling brain fog and fatigue, then went on a mission to biohack his way back to health by interviewing the world’s top neuroscientists, doctors, and biohackers.

13: Dr. Patti Johnson | Therapist & Anxiety Expert

Dr. Patti Johnson is marriage and family therapist who specializes in anxiety relief.  She is also the creator of EmMa, the emotional manager for anxiety app.  In this episode, tips and tools to manage anxiety, how to stay grounded in an increasingly turbulent world, sprinkled with communication blunders that blow up relationships. 

12: Hunter McIntyre | 6x Obstacle Course Racing World Champion – Sport’s Illustrated Top 50 Fittest Athletes

Hunter McIntyre – Hunter is a 6x Obstacle Course Racing World Champion, a 3x Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch Champion, and a 2x Tough Mudder X Champion, a Crossfit Games Competitor, and one of Sport’s Illustrated Top 50 fittest Athletes.  In this episode, the journey from troubled teen to pro athlete, difference between obstacle course racing and Crossfit, training routines and much more.

11: Zap and Ice | American Gladiators – Fitness Icons

Raye Hollit (ZAP) and Lori Fetrick (ICE) are former American Gladiators/Fitness Icons. In this candid episode Zap and Ice pull the curtain back and share their favorite/worst moments on the show, the brutality of being a female Gladiator, the joy of fame, and the shock of real life afterward.

09: Mind Pump | Exposing the RAW TRUTH about Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Dan does a deep dive with Mind Pump Podcast hosts, Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews. They share the best practices, tips and mistakes they’ve made as personal trainers, gym owners, and competitors over the last 20 years. They discuss everything from which diet and workout routines are best, easy ways to get started, to the number one fitness mistake, all the way to fecal transplants (say what?!). Mind Pump is an online radio show/podcast that with over 1 million downloads a month that has been described as “Howard Stern meets fitness.”

08: Jen Widerstrom | NBC’s Biggest Loser Coach – Bestselling Author – American Gladiator

In this episode Jen Widerstrom, bestselling author, TV star known for her big-hearted training style on NBC’s Biggest Loser shares the secret sauce behind personal transformation and why some people succeed and others struggle. Jen tells the story of how she got to Los Angeles to star on the reboot or American Gladiators and how that lead to her breakout role on NBC’s Biggest Loser.

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