The UNcivilized Podcast

| Dec 24, 2020

Embracing grace and grit while in transition with Andy Petranek

Andy Petranek

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In our outer world, we can have everything; money, fame, strength, beauty, and still be empty inside, without feeling anything, without having anything that makes us feel complete or even happy. Suffering from internal wounds that we have not taken the time to heal and that we have created a shell so strong that we have not allowed ourselves to cry.

This is a beautiful episode of self-improvement, an episode that tells a fascinating transition story about the life of Andy Petranek.

Andy, an ex-marine, entrepreneur, and coach, is also my mentor, whom I appreciate so much and wanted to invite him today so that he can tell us his story. A man with a fascinating outer life who struggled with internal problems that led him to suffer from depression and panic attacks, thus leading to the business of his life to decline.


Andy Petranek is a life and leadership coach who’s been helping people create greater levels of confidence, joy, fulfillment, and success in their lives for over 25 years. He was the founder of one of the first 10 CrossFit affiliates in the world in 2004 - CrossFit Los Angeles. And he is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge - a global, six-week, online game people play with others to see how much of a long-term impact they can have on their overall health, fitness, and well being. Through the Challenge, Andy has impacted the lives of over 200,000 people over the past 8 years and has helped thousands of gyms, fitness trainers, and health practitioners use it to improve the health and well-being of their clients. He has also helped hundreds of small and medium-sized companies use the Challenge as a team-building and health-producing wellness event for their employees.

Andy is a former United States Marine, was a semi-professional trumpet player, a Red Bull sponsored athlete in the sport of adventure racing, one of about 70 qualified competitors in the CrossFit Games in 2009, and has experienced adventure all over the world mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, outrigger paddling, and snowboarding. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Julia, son Dashel, and their two dogs, Odie and Bella.


Instagram: @andypetranek


[3:20] Andy talks about how actions can affect other people's lives.
[9:53] The feeling of emptiness: A 53 years old Andy talks about his life transition.
[22:50] After suffering from depression and panic attacks, Andy shares about the work he had to do to get over it.
[25:58] How to be okay as a human.
[30:10] Coming out of the depths: Andy shares the story about how opening a coaching school gave him a new life purpose.
[36:26] Andy talks about the patter and identity issues he suffered during his transition.
[38:54] A deeper work out: Andy talks about how he wanted to change more than people's bodies; he wanted to change their lives.
[55:48] Where to find Andy.

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