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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

23: The Gladiator and The Geek

On this episode Dan sits down in the studio with Producer Jason DeFillippo to discuss the holidays and how they had vastly different experiences. Dan and Jason share tips and tricks on how to handle depression during the holidays that translate into every area of your life. They also discuss the books they read over the break and talk about what lay ahead for the show in 2020.

22: Dan Clark | The Mind Pump Interview

Sal, Adam & Justin from The Mind Pump podcast interview Dan on this episode. Dan shares some fascinating stories from his past such as how Dan found ways to become bigger, faster, stronger on the outside after a tragic event in his early life, his introduction to steroids, how he finds the beauty in his scars, and how he became “Nitro” on American Gladiators plus many more.

21: Tim Storey | Life Coach to the Stars, Acclaimed Author, Motivational Speaker

Tim Storey is an acclaimed author, life coach and motivational speaker who has shared his inspiring words in 70 countries and written nine books. Tim has helped guide people, including many celebrities, through some of life’s most difficult circumstances. In this episode Tim reveals how to move forward when your situation seems insurmountable. And how to turn a setback into a comeback.

20: Dr. Belisa Vranich | Breathing for Better Performance, Life, & Sex

Dr Belisa Vranich, is a leading expert in mental health and fitness, and the author of Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health.  She is a regular guest on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and Fox News. Being a former pro athlete, Crossfitter, and a yoga guy who has been meditating for years, I thought I knew how to breathe. After reading her Belisa’s book, and interviewing her, I realized that I still had a lot to learn.  Listen in as we talk about proper breathing, it’s health benefits, how it can improve your athletic performance, health, stress and more.

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.

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