The Overcomer’s Podcast
S5: Episode12 - Death Race | The Toughest Race in the World

S5: Episode12 - Death Race | The Toughest Race in the World

May 12, 2022

Jeff Case is a Son, Husband, Father, Friend, Coach, Co- Author of 52 Amazing Journeys, Speaker and Overcomer. Franchisee of Journey 333 Horseheads. CPT- American Council on Exercise. Jeff’s purpose is to help encourage others to find their purpose. 

Jeremy Purifoy launched his fitness career at Journey Fitness’ first location as a Trainer/Coach. He spearheaded the opening of the second location where he was first the facility director, growing membership from 0 members to over 300 coaching clients in five years. In 2019 he became the first Journey 333 franchise owner! His Journey Fitness Corning location is the most profitable location. 

Samuel L Jackson IV, aka: Nerd coach fury
I love comic books, video games cartoons and almost all mediums in between. You can find me on Instagram @nerd_coach_fury on TikTok @nerdcoachfury and YouTube by searching Nerd Coach Fury and check out my podcast on anchor https://anchor.fm/ybwmm or wherever you listen by typing in "Nerd Coaching"

 

S5: Episode 11 - Andy Wales & Kelsey Burbank | Overcoming Diabetes

S5: Episode 11 - Andy Wales & Kelsey Burbank | Overcoming Diabetes

May 6, 2022

Andy Wales has been an art teacher for 35 years. He joined Journey Fitness in September 2020. Since then he has lost 60 pounds. He no longer has diabetes and is off all medications. Since this podcast was filmed he has retired from teaching and has begun an internship to become a coach at Journey Fitness. His God-sized dream is to help thousands of others make changes in their lives through exercise and nutrition to live better, feel better and look better.

Kelsey Burbank is a head start teacher with Family Enrichment Network in Owego! She loves teaching and doing all kinds of things with the kids in her classroom. She has been coming to Journey Fitness for a little over a year now and has loved every moment. She started her fitness and health journey back in November of 2020 when she started to have some health issues. She found out she had high blood pressure and was a type 2 Diabetic. Learning that type 2 Diabetes is reversible she started to work towards turning her life around. She is now in diabetic remission and getting stronger and healthier everyday. 

S5: Episode 11 - Andy Wales & Kelsey Burbank | Overcoming Diabetes

S5: Episode 11 - Andy Wales & Kelsey Burbank | Overcoming Diabetes

May 5, 2022

Andy Wales has been an art teacher for 35 years. He joined Journey Fitness in September 2020. Since then he has lost 60 pounds. He no longer has diabetes and is off all medications. Since this podcast was filmed he has retired from teaching and has begun an internship to become a coach at Journey Fitness. His God-sized dream is to help thousands of others make changes in their lives through exercise and nutrition to look better, feel better and live better.

Kelsey Burbank is a head start teacher with Family Enrichment Network in Owego! She loves teaching and doing all kinds of things with the kids in her classroom. She has been coming to Journey Fitness for a little over a year now and has loved every moment. She started her fitness and health journey back in November of 2020 when she started to have some health issues. She found out she had high blood pressure and was a type 2 Diabetic. Learning that type 2 Diabetes is reversible she started to work towards turning her life around. She is now in diabetic remission and getting stronger and healthier everyday. 

S:5 Episode 10 - Curt Tucker | Living Out Your Life Purpose

S:5 Episode 10 - Curt Tucker | Living Out Your Life Purpose

April 28, 2022

Curt Tucker is an entrepreneur, evangelist, and encourager who is husband to Rachel of 16 years, father of 4, and founder of Gym Growth Experts a Marketing and Sales Coaching company focused on helping Gym Owners grow and scale their training businesses.  As a Multi Club gym owner and Business and Life Coach, He is passionate about seeing Entrepreneurs and Gym Owners build the business and life they desire. One that is Winning in every area, resulting in what He likes to call the Champion Life!

S5: Episode 9 - 20 Pound Overcomers | Weight Loss Success Stories

S5: Episode 9 - 20 Pound Overcomers | Weight Loss Success Stories

April 21, 2022

Janice Bennett

After several short starts and stops with Journey Fitness (and fitness in general) over the last 5 years, Janice Bennett finally decided to get serious mid-July 2021...weighing in at 167 pounds.  Today she is 27 pounds lighter, at 140 pounds, and continues to get stronger and fitter.  Simple tasks are no longer a burden for her.  She works at Guthrie in Training and Development, is married with 3 kids, and enjoys camping and all fun activities in the great outdoors of God's creation.  Her fit-fam at Journey Fitness is also a blessing to her.  

Dana Comstock

Dana is a 43 year old wife, mother and Occupational Therapist!  She joined Journey Fitness during a 3 week challenge that ArnotHealth was having in October of 2017 and she hasn't turned away since!  She is proof that with hard work and consistency, you CAN achieve your goals!  She reached a 20 lb weight loss within 5 months of joining JOURNEY.  And since then, she has lost 10-15 more but has also increased muscle mass and GAINED confidence!  It’s not been a fast sprint for her, but a steady pace, which has been challenging but she KEEPS SHOWING UP which is the most important thing to do!  

Curtis Cook

Curtis Cook started Journey about 7 months ago. He has made this a life choice. Starting out he was never a very fit person. He started his journey because of how he was feeling. Chronic pain/aches due to his weight and physical health not being what it should be. He now feels 100% better after 7 months of giving his all. (All In). His sleep, pain, endurance, general all around is better. Journey has helped him reach farther in accomplishing new and more goals that he is able to set for himself everyday. If he were to give advice to anyone it would be that if you are feeling any way close to what he was feeling, step out of your comfort zone and act without thought. Find a time and just show up.

Ariana Deming

Ariana has lived with Multiple Sclerosis (potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord that can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions) since she was 15 years old. If it wasn't for the medication she is on now, she wouldn't be able to workout as much as she does! Coming to Journey Fitness has changed her life!

Jillian Mastronardi

Jillian is a PreK teacher and is 47.  She is married and has one son and a step daughter. She got her start with exercising/sports in second grade, so being in shape was just a natural thing. After having her son, the sports stopped and she gained weight. She did yo-yo dieting and did some exercising on her own, but nothing seemed to work. She struggled with not eating enough. So in May of 2019 she started a teachers challenge with a friend from school at Journey. She lost 20 pounds in a little over 3 months and then another 20 pounds to meet her goal. She has been going to Journey Fitness for almost 3 years and even sticking with it through the pandemic, either doing outside or virtual workouts. She isn’t going to say it was easy, you have to put the time in, work hard, have the right mind set, and trust your coaches and most importantly yourself. 

Kristen Swonger

Kristen is a 42 year old mom of 2, a full time chemistry teacher at Columbia City High School and suffers from Lupus, Celiac disease and Stage 1 CKD. She joined Journey in March of 2021. She knew something had to change. She needed to get healthy for her family.  One year later, she’s still going strong. She has completed 2 DEKA events and hit her 20 pound weight loss goal in August 2021. She loves Journey so much, she even got her husband to join her.

Andy Wales

Andy Wales is an active member at Journey fitness. He’s a busy teacher and family man. With the help of the coaches at Journey fitness he has changed his life through fitness at the early morning workouts. He lost twenty pounds – and then forty more. He has reversed his diagnosis of diabetes – he no longer has it!  He is off all the medications he used to be on for health issues.

Kristan Wales

Kristan is a wife, a mom, a grandmother and an active member at Journey Fitness Sayre. Her motivation for losing weight was to feel better and look better. Ironically, having chronic pain was one of the things that kept her from exercising, but after consistently training with Journey for over a year, she says her pain has definitely lessened. Kristan loves the high energy and motivation that the coaches offer and encourages people to get out of your head and stop listening to your negative self-talk. When you can’t pull yourself out of a pit, Journey’s coaches are there to help you out and lift you up.

S5: Episode 8 - Andrew Simpson | From Fear to Faith

S5: Episode 8 - Andrew Simpson | From Fear to Faith

April 14, 2022

Andrew Simpson is a husband, a father, a Founder of a company called Player’s Fitness and Performance, and the creator of the Winning Athlete Formula. A system that helps kids and adults alike become high-performing leaders without sacrificing values, health, or relationships along the way. He is also the author of a best selling youth sports book called The Youth Truth: a movement helping parents and coaches build true champions in today’s crazy youth sports world.

S5: Episode 7 - Joe De Sena Pt. 2 | The Depth of Your Struggle

S5: Episode 7 - Joe De Sena Pt. 2 | The Depth of Your Struggle

April 7, 2022

Joe De Sena is currently the CEO of Spartan.  Before this he built a multimillion-dollar pool and construction business while in college, and he created a Wall Street trading firm.  It was after his successful career on Wall Street that he moved his family to Vermont to operate an organic farm and a bed and breakfast.  It was here that his passion for ultramarathons, endurance events, and adventure races began.

 

Along with all of this, Joe is also an author of three books.  He is a man who has worn many hats, but has found his passion in bringing people together for fitness and to overcome obstacles.  He’s all about being better today than you were yesterday, and he lives up to that ideal on a daily basis.

S5: Episode 6 - Jarod Cogswell | It’s Gotta Start With Gratitude

S5: Episode 6 - Jarod Cogswell | It’s Gotta Start With Gratitude

March 31, 2022

Jarod Cogswell has been in the fitness industry for over 32 years.  He started when he was 18, and became a personal trainer at 19.  He worked at several gyms, was a director, and then a general manager at 2 different businesses.  He owned his own gym, is an avid mountain climber, a business coach, a coach in the Todd Durkin Mastermind.  He was even a trainer on the show  Alpha Warrior.  

 

During his time on Alpha Warrior he met Yancy Culp.  Yancy is a good friend of Joe De Sena, the founder of Spartan, and Yancy decided to partner with Jarod on a whole new Spartan race, called the DEKA.  Now, he’s fully invested in growing the DEKA brand and helping people get up and moving and pushing themselves in this obstacle course race.

S5: Episode 5 - Frank Pucher | Be Honest With Yourself

S5: Episode 5 - Frank Pucher | Be Honest With Yourself

March 24, 2022
Frank Pucher is a Platinum Level Coach & The Executive Director of the Todd Durkin Mastermind Program which serves 200+ fitness entrepreneurs from around the country. Frank is the former CEO of Fitness 121 Personal Training. He developed and ran that business in Roseland, NJ for 20 years from 1998-2018. During the time Frank owned Fitness 121, it was twice named “NJ’s Best Fitness Studio.” 
 
In 2018, Frank published his book, Smart Money Moves: The Fitness Professional’s Guide for Earning, Growing and Protecting Your Money, which became an Amazon Best Seller.
 
Frank is a fitness industry veteran and a 2x finalist for the Personal Trainer of the Year Award.  
 
When not working, Frank enjoys training & competing as an elite masters athlete. 
S5: Episode 4 - Jenna Mango | The Comfort Zone Kills

S5: Episode 4 - Jenna Mango | The Comfort Zone Kills

March 18, 2022

Jenna Mango currently works at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, as a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Coach.  She has a master’s degree from Western Connecticut University in Applied Behavior Analysis and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Psychology.  She was a former collegiate field hockey player.  Upon graduation, she accepted the position of Assistant Field Hockey Coach at WestConn and spent four seasons with the team.  She is also currently a WTBA (World Thai Boxing Association) Coach and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Master Practitioner while she is continuing to train in Hawaiian Kemp, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Boxing.

 

On top of all of this, Jenna has found time to become a writer.  Choose to R1se is a book about fighting to be the best possible version of yourself and striving to get 1% better every single day in all aspects of life.  In the book, Jenna opens herself up, becomes vulnerable, and shares advice and wisdom that has the potential to help many.

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