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The Functional Life

33 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 2 months ago -

Born out of SYNERGY: A Fitness Community in Atlanta, GA, hosts discuss topics with guests on all things health, fitness, family, faith, business and other subjects that play key and valuable roles in our daily lives.

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Why We Are Leaving CrossFit

January 25, 2023 17:12 - 1 hour - 115 MB

In this episode, Synergy Head Coach Matthew Kurbell joins Jason and Will as they discuss the reasons why SYNERGY: A Fitness Community is deaffiliating from CrossFit, along with suggestions that CrossFit HQ could implement to prevent future deaffiliations and provide more value to the CrossFit community.  More info on Synergy at: FB and Instagram: @synergyjohnscreek 

Marriage, Fitness Programming, and Transparent Friendships with Jason and Will

January 02, 2023 18:23 - 1 hour - 133 MB

Hosts Jason Ferguson and Will Hamilton look back on 2022 as they reflect on launching this podcast and the need for more authentic, transparent friendship, support, and discussion within our modern communities. Jason picks Will's brain on how he goes about programming group workouts at Synergy. And the two discuss their own histories with the ups and downs of marriage and how they hope to protect and nurture those relationships.  Instagram and FB: @synergyjohnscreek

Alcohol, Purpose, and Relationships with Jon Harwood and Abby Hoskins

November 23, 2022 21:49 - 1 hour - 137 MB

In this episode, we have a deep and vulnerable conversation with two friends that have completely removed alcohol from their lives, but for very different reasons. Abby and Jon share their backgrounds and experiences surrounding drinking and how it effected their relationships, health, and sense of purpose.  The Huberman Labs podcast on Alcohol and it's effects on the body can be found here:

Church, Scripture, and Christianity Q&A with Pastor Aaron Snow (Pt. 2/2)

October 25, 2022 14:20 - 1 hour - 115 MB

Pastor Aaron Snow addresses questions asked by listeners on topics surrounding the Christian faith, scripture, Christian living. This is a follow-up from Part 1 where Aaron detailed his life and background that brought him into the Christian faith, and ultimately into full-time ministry.  Aaron is the Pastor of Purpose Church in Alpharetta, GA where he lives and serves with his wife Caity and two sons. Purpose Church: Instagram: @aaronsnow12 Twitter: @past...

Drug Addiction, Transformation, and Ministry - the Life of Pastor Aaron Snow (Pt. 1)

October 20, 2022 17:03 - 59 minutes - 110 MB

Aaron Snow shares his story and journey from a drug-addicted youth with a life full of conflict and adversity, to a transformed man with a life dedicated to helping people discover and live out God's purpose for their lives. Aaron is the Pastor of Purpose Church in Alpharetta, GA where he lives and serves with his wife Caity and two sons. Purpose Church: Instagram: @aaronsnow12 Twitter: @pastoraaronsnow Music: "Thief" by Ookay

Teacher Struggles, Adventure Travel, and Social Pressures on Women with Kristy Ventre

September 13, 2022 05:00 - 46 minutes - 86.4 MB

Kristy Ventre has 13 years of experience as an educator in the state of Georgia. She is also the owner of Ventre's Adventures, an adventure-travel company that takes both students and adults on trips domestic and abroad. We discuss how she balances that with all the demands of teaching, and the social pressures and fallout she experiences as a result of that.  Ventre's Adventures: Instagram: @ventresadventures Music: "Thief"- Ookay

Small Business Q&A with Will Hamilton

August 23, 2022 14:00 - 51 minutes - 95.5 MB

Founder and owner of SYNERGY Will Hamilton answers small business questions as a part of a consulting panel for brick-and-mortar startups in the health and fitness space. Topics include how and when to dive into your business full time, what roles to outsource, finding employees, and how to address competition. 

Is Food Quality Important?

February 05, 2021 17:55 - 12 minutes - 6.12 MB

In this episode, we discuss food quality, it’s importance, and why it isn’t the first thing we tackle in our nutrition coaching process.

Jillian Michaels is kinda right, but also very wrong

December 09, 2020 18:01 - 10 minutes - 5.22 MB

Jillian Michaela continues to point out some very true things about the dangers of poor fitness coaching and programming. But she is doing a HUGE disservice to a much larger issue, and that’s a shame.

A Better Reason to Leave CrossFit

June 12, 2020 19:49 - 11 minutes - 5.42 MB

This is disappointing. Enough is enough.

Do you need a Coach, Nutritionist, or Practitioner?

January 23, 2020 16:28 - 8 minutes - 4.22 MB

What problem are you trying to solve and who can help you solve it? All too often we find people attempting to solve problems they aren’t equipped to solve. This often start with us - we seek solutions from the wrong source.

Why do I still suck at working out?

January 15, 2020 20:47 - 13 minutes - 6.39 MB

All about V02 max and why comparison is kinda dumb in the realm of fitness (and most areas of life).

Episode 22 - John McLeod White

November 02, 2018 20:56 - 26 minutes - 9.32 MB

We sit down with wealth advisor and leadership expert John McLeod White to discuss his experience with Synergy Nutrition and various principles that can lead to a productive, impactful life.

Episode 21 - Nutrition Tracking Best Practices

October 16, 2018 16:01 - 25 minutes - 34.8 MB

Jana and Will discuss best practices as learned from a year of experience with Synergy Nutrition clients.

Episode 20 - Defining Excellence in Fitness

October 12, 2018 19:13 - 15 minutes - 28.6 MB

What does pursuing excellence in fitness look like? Can it be measured?

Episode 18 - Q&A

September 21, 2018 16:27 - 26 minutes - 47.6 MB

You asked the questions, we've got the answers!

Episode 17 - All about Supplements

July 24, 2018 01:24 - 17 minutes - 15.1 MB

In the episode, we discuss supplements, their use, and which ones we actually deem beneficial.

Episode 16 - CF Qualifiers, events, and new programs!

April 17, 2018 19:05 - 11 minutes - 10.1 MB

Latest episode of The Functional Life

18.6 is....

March 30, 2018 01:09 - 15 minutes - 14.5 MB

Final updates from 2018 CF Open and the intramural competition!

Updates after 18.3

March 14, 2018 19:29 - 17 minutes - 15.5 MB

Scoring updates, announcements, and updates after 18.3. And the new Bonus Points Challenge!!

Episode 13

March 07, 2018 02:47 - 17 minutes - 15.7 MB

Weekly updates after 18.2 and the 18.3 bonus challenge!!

Episode 11 - Corrected!

February 28, 2018 13:10 - 20 minutes - 28.8 MB

Latest episode of The Functional Life

EP. 11 - Challenge winners, Week 1 Open Results

February 28, 2018 03:13 - 27 minutes - 37.4 MB

A quick gear review, announcement of our challenge winner, and standings after W eek 1 of the Intramural Open!!

February 18, 2018

February 19, 2018 02:51 - 27 minutes - 25.2 MB

In this episode, we lay out details and parameters for the 2018 Synergy CrossFit Open!

Ep. 9 - The road to #18.6!!

February 12, 2018 04:33 - 17 minutes - 16 MB

Weekly member updates and the introduction of the 2018 Synergy Intramural Open!

Ep. 8 - The CrossFit Open

February 07, 2018 19:07 - 13 minutes - 12.9 MB

All the details you NEED to know regarding the 2018 CrossFit Open at Synergy! Get registered now!

Ep. 7 - Competition & The Ooen

February 02, 2018 14:18 - 26 minutes - 24.9 MB

In this episode we host special guest Travis Shepard, Owner of CrossFit Remnant as we discuss the pros, cons, and all things competition within personal fitness. We also introduce the actual sport side of fitness within CrossFit Affiliates, the CrossFit Games, and talk about the Open - the worldwide 5-week competition that allows anyone and everyone to participate in the sport side of fitness alongside their peers from inside and outside of their community.


January 29, 2018 01:00 - 21 minutes - 19.9 MB

Thoughts on how we can improve marriages, cut down on divorce, and help each other to lead a more Functional Life.

January 21, 2018 - Consistency

January 21, 2018 16:13 - 19 minutes - 17.8 MB

Thoughts one of the three pillars of training philosophy at Synergy, “Consistency”. Other weekly member content and updates.

January 14, 2018 - Intensity

January 15, 2018 02:14 - 20 minutes - 18.6 MB

Weekly member content, program design, intensity, and preserving the stimulus.

January 7, 2018

January 08, 2018 01:10 - 27 minutes - 25.3 MB

Strength cycle, Nutrition cycle, member survey, and more!

The Truth on Diet & Nutrition

January 08, 2018 00:55 - 54 minutes - 50.4 MB

In this episode, Will Hamilton and McCall Letterle have an open and honest discussion about diet and nutrition as many start another new year with exercise and weight loss goals. Learn what works, what doesn’t, how to spot gimmicks, and what the cold, hard, scientific truth about diet and nutrition is all about. Get helpful tips on simple food plans that will work for ANYONE, and when/if hiring a nutrition coach might be the right move for you!

Ep. 1 The Functional Life

January 01, 2018 19:38 - 4 minutes - 2.74 MB

Announcing The Functional Life Podcast!