[Podcast] Ep96: How Sitting Almost Defeated This 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master

By now it’s no secret that sitting is bad for you, but after listening to today’s episode you may get a clearer picture of how dangerous it really can be. More importantly, you might learn some really cool new ways to do something about it if you live a dominantly sedentary lifestyle.

In this episode I chat with Ryan Fiorenzi, a black belt in Kung Fu and a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (the first BJJ black belt in the state of Michigan). In addition to being a martial arts master, recently Ryan also founded the website startstanding.org that has a very similar mission to my own: To teach people how dangerous being sedentary all long is, and then provide you the tools to do something about it.

Several years ago Ryan suffered a back injury, and while spending years dealing with debilitating pain, he discovered it wasn’t so much the injury as it was his sedentary lifestyle outside of martial arts that was causing all of his pain. You’ll learn all about his discoveries and how you can apply them to your own life.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How Ryan’s background in martial arts inspired his passion for daily movement
  • Learning to manage chronic pain and finding proper chiropractic help
  • The origin of Startstanding.org
  • Short-term vs. Long-term solutions for back pain
  • How sitting poorly can negate all of your positive lifestyle choices
  • Finding a chiropractor/massage therapist who will assess you individually
  • Adjusting your sleeping habits to improve your chronic pain
  • Avoiding the common errors of adjusting to a standing workstation
  • Using the pain/pleasure principle to assess your fitness goals
  • Focusing on cognitive and creative functionality more than simply body image

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Guest Bio:

Ryan Fiorenzi has been training in the martial arts since he was young, has a black belt in Kung Fu and a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After sustaining a back injury training in Judo, he suffered with back pain for over 8 years. After a lot of research and experimentation, he’s now pain free, which lead him to create startstanding.org.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of theTHAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold is an award-winning film & television editor (Burn Notice, Empire, Shooter, Glee), member of the American Cinema Editors, a documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story), and creator of the Optimize Yourself program (formerly ‘Fitness In Post’). He helps ambitious creative professionals like you learn how to more efficiently manage your time, energy, and attention so you can maximize your creative focus and minimize procrastination, depression, and burnout. After all, what’s the point of killing yourself for the sake of your career if you don’t have energy to spare for the most important people in your life?