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The Greater Purpose Podcast

67 EpisodesProduced by Matthew ChenardWebsite

Our society is in the pursuit of trying to fix independent aspects of the human, not the whole individual. We are missing the bigger picture of the whole being in the process. We aim to provide you with real-life stories and expert guests in the categories of the GPHF Flywheel. Spiritual, Physical,M… read more

67 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

068 : 5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to be in Shape Before you Start CrossFit

November 10th, 2022


We have heard it from time to time - “I don’t think I am fit enough to start CrossFit.” In today’s episode, Matt and Jilisa talk about why this is a myth. CrossFit has often been given a certain stereotype for being …

067: 5 Tips for Eating Healthy over the Holiday

October 21st, 2022


We know that the holiday season can be one of stress, and nervousness around food. The discussion of calories, gaining holiday weight, etc., becomes …

066: How to balance staying healthy and fit with a busy lifestyle

October 3rd, 2022


FInd us a person who isn’t “busy”... we’ll wait. There is no way around it, but if your life is busy, you absolutely have to schedule in your …

065: Well that's N.E.A.T!! 🔥

September 26th, 2022


Non-exercise activity thermogenesis is what we are talking about today (N.E.A.T. for short!). This is the activity that you do in a day, outside of …

064: Quit Quitting

August 22nd, 2022


We, as a society, are impatient. So, so, incredibly impatient. We’ve been taught that it’s normal to have instant gratification for most things in …

063: How Blood Testing Can Help Your Health & Fitness

August 15th, 2022


Understanding what is going on inside of your body, and beyond what the scale says, is one of the best ways to truly understand your health and …

062: The Ideal Workout Length

August 8th, 2022


Is there a perfect workout time? That length of workout that gives you exactly what you need? 

Surprisingly, NO! The length of your workout is very dependent on what your goals are, but even more so, how you spend the …

061: How to Get Over the Fear of Joining a Gym

August 1st, 2022


We totally, 100% understand. It can be really scary to walk into a gym for the first time. It can be intimidating. You don’t want to be the weakness, least fit, slowest, or the “newbie”. We get it, because we have ALL …

060: I'm too Busy to Workout

July 25th, 2022


Yeah. We know. You’re busy. We are all busy! We are certainly that at one time or another you have said, “I just don’t have time to work out.” But what happens when we say, “I cannot prioritize my health right now.” …

059: Should YOU be tracking calories??

July 18th, 2022


This is a hot button topic that gets a lot of attention, but with a bit of an unclear answer. The answer is always, and will always be… “It depends”.

What does it depend on? Well… a few things. Your goals. Your history. …

058: Using Your Fitness Outside of the Gym

July 11th, 2022


If your fitness only show ups while your in the gym, what good is that? It’s good for that hour or so, but what else can you do with your fitness? The entire point of being fit, is it actually be able to use your body …

Episode 57: 75 Hard, yay or nay?

July 4th, 2022


Thinking about jumping in to the 75 hard challenge? Sweet! That means you’re ready to get going with your health and prioritizing your fitness and nutrition. Good for you! So, is a program that requires 2x a day …

056: I've been working out so hard but NOT seeing results

June 27th, 2022


Have you been working out so hard but NOT seeing results? 

When working out, nutrition, recovery, physical adaptation, rest, stress, progressive …

055: Setting the Bar Low

June 20th, 2022


There is a sweet spot when it comes to starting your fitness and nutrition - it needs to be challenging, but doable. Set the bar low. Challenging enough to make change, but not so challenging that it becomes …

054: What are Your Fallback Habits?

June 13th, 2022


 What are your fallback habits?

These are the tried and true habits. The things we can almost always be in control of. We know that life can get …

053: Does the Thought of Accountability Scare You?

June 6th, 2022


If the thought of accountability scares you, you’ve maybe had a bad experience with a coach, or someone who checks on your progress. We’d love to change your perspective. 

A coach who keeps you accountable is someone …

052: How to Start Small to Win Big in your Health and Fitness

May 30th, 2022


Want to be successful?

Start small. Small enough that you can almost always guarantee success. Once you make those small things happen on a …

051: Ten Tips for Weight Loss

May 23rd, 2022


There are about 1 zillion tips for weight loss out there. We like to think of ourselves as being educated and experienced in helping clients reach their goals. Everyone’s journey is different, and not every tip is going …

050: Why Muscle Is Important And How to Gain It

May 16th, 2022


Muscle!!! How to gain it, why it’s important, and why you should care about it. We will cover it all today. There is no way we can talk about gaining …

049: Pain & Injury Series - Load vs Capacity

May 9th, 2022


On today's podcast episode, we dive into the Pain & Injury Series, which will focus on Load vs. Capacity.

Matt and Tom discuss the difference between load and capacity and how it relates to good stress on the body, …

048: Three Actionable Steps to Improve Your Nutrition TODAY

May 2nd, 2022


Today the team gives you three simple (simple is not the same as easy!) actionable steps to improve your nutrition. You may be surprised to hear how simple these tips are, but if you can consistently implement them, …

047: 5 Building Blocks to a Good Exercise and Nutrition Routine

April 25th, 2022


In order to establish a good routine, we need to know where you are starting, and where you are headed. In this episode, Matt, Tom, and Jilisa talk you through what the steps are right from the beginning of your …

046: The Power of the 5 WHYS

April 18th, 2022


We rarely will allow a client to come into our gym without asking them about their WHYS. We talk about it so much that it might even start to get annoying. It’s THAT important. We genuinely desire to get to know our …

045: CrossFit 101

April 11th, 2022


Shockingly, we rarely ever actually talk about CrossFit.  

But we, at Greater Purpose Health and Fitness are a CrossFit Affiliate, and we love it! We …

044: Is your weekend derailing your fitness? 

April 4th, 2022


Are you the person who crushes your nutrition and workouts during the week, and then go on a free-for-all every weekend and feel like you have to start over every Monday? Yah. You’re not alone.

In this episode, we talk …

043: Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

March 28th, 2022


Today, Matt, Tom, and Jilisa dive into how your mindset influences your success. If you think you can or can’t, you’re right. You’ve heard that saying before, right? Probably. And it’s true.

Today we talk about how a …

042: Why is Protein so Important to Seeing Fitness Results?

March 21st, 2022


Protein plays a huge part in how our bodies tolerate activity, fitness, and daily life! Our bodies thrive when we have enough protein in our daily …

041: Why You Don't Need to Be Afraid of Carbs!

March 14th, 2022


It’s not a secret, the diet world loves to condemn carbs. 

“If I eat carbs, I will get fat!”. We hear that all the time. However, we know that that blunt statement isn’t true. The truth is, if you overeat anything, …

040: 3 Pillars to Developing a Strong Mindset

March 7th, 2022


Mindset is such a powerful thing. Especially when we are ready to make changes.  

The first pillar to developing a strong mindset is to, 1. Know your …

039: How Relying on Motivation is Limiting Your Fitness Success

February 28th, 2022


If you have ever started something new, you’ll know that motivation ebbs and flows. In the beginning, it’s usually sky high, but give it a week or two, and the new and shiny things you are doing might start losing their …

038: The Benefits of a Powerful Morning Routine

February 21st, 2022


We talk about it all the time. But there is a very good reason for that.  Starting off your day on the right track is the best way to have a …

037: Are You Self Sabotaging Your Fitness Results?

February 14th, 2022


Success comes from following through with the healthy habits you say you are going to do. Easier said than done! Self sabotage is way more common …

036: How to Setup An Environment for Your Fitness Success

February 7th, 2022


A big part of your success will come from who and what is around you. Have you ever done as assessment of your environment? How do the people and things around you support or distract from your goals?   

What is the …

035: 5 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

January 31st, 2022


The holidays can be a tricky time to maintain health and healthy nutrition habits. Today, Jilisa offers 5 tips for staying on track, while still …

034: 5 Easy Ways to Start Your Exercise Journey

January 17th, 2022


Matt and Tom dive into how to start exercise. We know it can be scary and hard to start, so here are a few tips to make it a bit easier!

Find something that you actually enjoy doing. If it feels like a chore, it is …

033: How to Get Healthy Habits to Stick

January 1st, 2022


Healthy habits are easy to start, but getting them to stick for the long term? Not so easy.

On this episode, Tom, Matt, and Jilisa dive into how to get consistent with your healthy habits.

We give a book suggestion to …

032: Why People Struggle to Maintain the Results They Achieve

December 24th, 2021


We are all capable of pumping the iron and eating a carrot here and there. That is actually the easy(ish) part. Getting the results isn’t always …

031: Why You Aren't Getting the Results You Want From Your Workouts

December 23rd, 2021


We have heard it time and time again. “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” While that is pretty true, there are SO many other factors that go into how …

030: Why Goal Setting is So Important

December 22nd, 2021


Anyone can set a goal. But if we don’t know how to set realistic, achievable, yet still challenging goals, we can set ourselves up for failure before we even get started.   

Having a coach help you figure out those …

029: You Don’t Need to Starve Yourself to Lose Weight

December 22nd, 2021


Our bodies are always telling us when something is not right. Most of us can agree that there are times where we tend to physically do too much that reaches the point of emotional exhaustion. In this podcast episode, …

028: Corporate Burnout, Meaning & Purpose, Sailing, and Helping Others. With Allyson Mantey

August 19th, 2021


Our bodies are always telling us when something is not right. Most of us can agree that there are times where we tend to physically do too much that reaches the point of emotional exhaustion. In this podcast episode, …

027: The Last Exercise & Nutrition Program You Will Need to Do with Thomas Regier

August 12th, 2021


People frequently focus solely on losing weight and changing their physical characteristics, ignoring the internal aspects of their lives. We have a …

026: Nutrition Bits & Bites: What to Look For in a Good Nutrition Coach

August 5th, 2021


We know that it is a really hard decision to ask for help with nutrition (and most things, for that matter). And once you have decided you need help, how do you know where to look? We know this can be challenging, so we …

025: Nutrition Bits & Bites: A Deeper Look at Nutrition

July 10th, 2021


Nutrition can be a hot topic subject for so many reasons, and today, Matt and Jilisa talk about what healthy nutrition looks like from their perspective. They dive a little into fad diets, the idea of “health at every …

024: Investing In Your Health, Rehab/Prehab, and Crypto Currency with Coach Thomas Regier

May 31st, 2021


Join us in today’s episode as we chat with the extremely knowledgeable health and fitness coach, Tom Regier. Matt and Tom cover a plethora of information, right from crypto currency investing to prehab and rehab in a …

023: Overcoming Trials Through Exercise, Nutrition, Coaching, and Community - Jelena Bergen

May 18th, 2021


Join us in today’s impactful episode featuring long-time Greater Purpose member, Jelena Bergan. Jelena shares a story that will pull at your …

022: 5 Actionable Tips to Get a Better Sleep

May 13th, 2021


In today’s GP Podcast, host Matt takes 7 minutes to give you 5 actionable tips to get better sleep. Head to the website to inquire about our sleep course.

021: 3 Tips to Get Started on Your Fitness Journey - Chat with Matt

May 6th, 2021


In this quick episode, Matt gives you short actionable tips to get started on your fitness journey. Search out sustainable fitness habits and these …

020: Weight loss, Mental Clarity, and More Energy- Julie Rondeau

April 20th, 2021


Join us in today’s episode and find out how Julie managed to lose a significant amount of weight, build mental clarity, and gain more energy- all …

019: Finding Your Worth, Fitness/Nutrition, and Advice for Teens Struggling with Bullying- With Michaela Pohl

April 13th, 2021


Make sure to listen in on today's amazing episode featuring Michaela Pohl. Michaela has such an amazing heart for people. She is also deeply passionate in helping others live a better life through fitness/nutrition. …

018: Finding Motivation to Workout- Fitness Quick Chat with Matt

April 5th, 2021


Struggling with motivation? Listen to today’s episode for 3 quick tips to help you start and stay on your fitness journey.

Start your fitness Journey at Greater Purpose Health and Fitness

017: What is Holistic Health & Fitness?- Fitness Quick Chat with Matt

March 29th, 2021


The goal isn’t to just live a long time, we want to help you live well for a long time. In this episode Matt dives into what we believe Holistic …

016: From Heart Attack to Within 1% Normal Heart Function In a Year. CrossFit, Community, & Mindset -Kathleen Vasselin

March 23rd, 2021


Kathleen has such an amazing health and fitness story. From having a heart attack to gaining 6% heart function in a year. Within 1% of the normal …

015: Injury Prevention, Curling, & Athletic Programming- Erica Wiese

March 11th, 2021


Erica is a true testament of what consistency and athletic determination looks like. She has been working with an online fitness coach for many years now, helping her be better for her competitive sport of curling and …

014: Bluezones, Passions, Purpose, and Carbs- with Dr. Louis Minders

March 1st, 2021


In today’s Episode Dr. Louis Minders and host Matthew Chenard, dive into everything from chronic sickness to understanding the 5 love languages in …

013: Finding a Home at Greater Purpose with Megan Lethbridge

February 23rd, 2021


Megan has been a member of  Greater Purpose Health and Fitness for just a short while now but has found a community she has enjoyed immensely. She came into her first session expecting to dislike it, only to leave …

012: Health & Fitness Story- Leigh Kvill

February 4th, 2021


Have a quick listen to Leigh and her awesome holistic health and fitness story!

If you are interested in starting your own H&F journey, click …

011: Brian Krushel-Spiritual Fitness and Pursuing Our Passions

January 21st, 2021


The discussion on physical, and even mental fitness has become common stream as of late. However, a topic that is rarely dug into is the matter of spiritual fitness. In this episode, our guest, Brian Krushel gives us …

010: Anthony Do-Leaning into fear and finding a purpose filled passion along the way

December 20th, 2020


Purpose is an integral part of who we are and a big component of our health and fitness flywheel. It is difficult to clearly define what this word …

009: Lucas Hudec- Finding the good in the hardships of life.

December 3rd, 2020


We cannot change our story or what we have gone through. We can, however, choose to use our unfortunate circumstances and hardships to grow into a stronger person to help others. This is exactly what Lucas chose to do. …

008: Deanna Roper- Why we started CrossFit Camrose

April 10th, 2020


"Being at home for the last few weeks has brought back a lot of memories of where this all started."

In this episode, Deanna and Matt go way back and recount the steps it took for CrossFit Camrose to become the place it …

Episode 007: Coffee Break- Make the Good in Life a Priority

March 29th, 2020


Matt, Gaetes, and Tom provide some interesting discussion on how to grow and succeed during a challenging time. They touch on the 6F's, and how now more than ever is a good time to make sure each "F" is addressed …

Episode 005: CFC teens coach Gaetes Lomas on the importance of exercise and community for teenagers and young adults

March 24th, 2020


In today's episode, Gaetes Lomas dives deep into how he believes CrossFit Camrose is going to make a positive impact on the teenager community. 

The world can be a tough place for many young teens, and it is imperative …

004: Coffee Break - GPN Coach Jilisa: On supplements and how to they can help your fitness and recovery

March 21st, 2020


Today Jilisa talks about the importance of certain supplements. Which ones are important? Which ones don't you need to spend your money on? What do they do anyway??? Answering your important questions!

For more …

Episode 003: CrossFit Camrose Coach, Thomas Regier: The impact of a positive mindset and how it can make or break your progress

March 19th, 2020


In today's episode, Thomas Regier chats about the impact of having a growth based mindset. We also touch on the chronic disease epidemic and how a preventative approach is the best way to stop the wave of sickness. We …

Episode 002: Professional hockey player Karl Stollery- Living a purpose driven life

March 9th, 2020


In today’s episode, Karl Stollery chats with us about how to live a purpose-driven life, and how young athletes need to play more sports and not …

001: Jilisa Chenard's journey through a life threatening exercise addiction and eating disorder

March 1st, 2020


Jilisa's story is impactful for so many reasons. Not only did she overcome a very controlling, deadly disease, she has leveraged that painful journey …

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