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Active Minds Podcast, Here’s What To Expect

by Jamie Kennedy on Friday 2 July 2021

Let me guess. You’ve tired yourself out listening to every last ‘true crime’ podcast there is, and you just want to hear a sentence that doesn’t end with “cold case”. 

Just when you’re ready to give up on humanity for yet another copycat crime, we’ve got you covered because we’re bringing you an all new podcast just for your ears and, you guessed it: it has nothing to do with crime. That’s right, the team here at Virgin Active Australia has come together to launch our first ever podcast and we are so excited to share it with you.

Welcome to the Active Minds podcast, a podcast devoted to health and wellness topics explored by wellness experts from around the world, as well as by our incredible local coaches you know and love from our Australia clubs.

We’ll be exploring topics you’ve probably thought about often when it comes to wellness but, topics that we don’t get to dive deep into at the clubs. This podcast will be so much more than just your average weight loss tips; we want to talk to you about the topics that matter in your wellness journey including: mental health, motivation, mindfulness and so much more.

Here’s what you can expect.

The host

At the very heart of Virgin Active Australia is the people, and we couldn’t be prouder to share that our very own Mark Seeto, Global Head of our Yoga and Pilates programs, is the host of the podcast. 

Mark has been with Virgin Active since 2009, with a passion in fitness from the very start. As a Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates instructor, Mark developed a deep understanding of not only the mechanics of movement but also the importance of mindset, motivation, and the power of relationships in creating a sustainable fitness lifestyle. This knowledge has set him apart in the industry, and ultimately has led him down the career path he’s taken with Virgin Active.

With his passion for all things wellbeing, nutrition, exercise and mindfulness, Mark leads the charge in our Active Minds podcast, as he navigates intimate conversations with the very brightest minds in the wellness industry. You’re sure to enjoy his lighthearted banter, and personal stories he slips into the mix (spoiler alert: you may catch Mark chatting about his favourite massage oil)!

The hot topics

No topic is off limits as we dive deep into conversation with the best and brightest minds of the wellness world. If you’ve got questions about health, exercise and wellness, we’ve got the answers one expert at a time.

We’ve launched the podcast with  6 incredible episodes and 6 unique experts and coaches. Not only do you get to hear what Mark has to share, but you also get to listen in on deeply interesting questions and answers about the science of Ayurveda, nutrition, psychology of music, mental health, path to transformation and the importance of community.

The experts

Our first guest Rachel Zinman has been practicing yoga since 1983, teaching yoga for 29 years, and has been training yoga teachers for 21 years. She’s a best-selling author, and has written for the likes of  Australian Yoga Journal Mindbodygreen The Poetry of Yoga  and many more. She’s an award-winning musician and shares kirtan all over the world. You’ll listen in on her conversation with Mark all about the practice of ayurveda, an ancient alternative medicine, as they discuss how it relates to your own life today and how you can use the practice to benefit your life. You can listen in here .

You won’t want to miss our conversation with Krista Scott-Dixon, who is the Director of Curriculum at  Precision Nutrition , the world’s #1 nutrition coaching certification program. She has her PhD from York University as well as holds counseling certificates from George Brown College and Leading Edge Training. With over 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, teacher, researcher and counselor, Krista is a leading educator of nutrition. Her recently published book  Why Me Want Eat  explores the struggle that so many people face with food, eating and body image issues. We talk to her all about these issues and more  here .

Also available to listen to  now  is Paul Taylor, a true intellect into the study of the brain. His list of credentials is long: an Exercise Physiologist, Neuroscientist, Nutritionist, and a former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, amongst many other accomplishments. He’s the Director of Body-Brain Performance Institute, where he’s worked with large corporations such as Medibank, NAB and Woolworths. He’s also the founder of The Personal Training Academy based in Sydney. He’s an award-winning international speaker, and even appeared as a regular consultant on The Biggest Loser. Mark and Paul sit down to chat about the mind-body connection as well as the real secret to motivation.  You don't want to miss this one.

Interested in the link between music and mental health? We had the opportunity to sit down with Rich Lucano, a Sydney-based music producer, composer and brand sound strategist. He is the Music Director of  The Indigo Project , an innovative mental health organisation that performs immersive sonic installations at such places as Sydney Opera House, Vivid in Sydney, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This year, Rich has also released his debut album,  Onykia , under the name  Phondupe , a 2-hour original audio experience. In Sonic Branding, Rich has also shaped the sound of international brands such as Virgin Mobile, Skype, Microsoft Office, Jim Beam and Virgin Active. You can listen in on the episode  here.

These experts are just the beginning! Along with future episodes featuring wellness experts from around the world, we’re also thrilled to interview our very own coaches here at Virgin Active Australia, including our Head Coaches of each of our 5 programs: Yoga, Pilates, Grid Training, Cycle and Boxing. Get to know your favourite coaches more intimately. And who knows, perhaps you can impress them with your knowledge during your next class! 

Check out the complete list of episodes hereon Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you’re the first to know when new episodes drop. Also check us out on  Instagram to be part of the discussion.

Interested in finding out what we’re all about in club? We’ve got you! You can  book your free tour  today. Come see what our members are raving about, from our personal training to  hundreds of classes offered weekly , there’s something here for everyone’s fitness journey. 

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