David and Stephen Flynn
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David and Stephen Flynn

The Happy Pear Podcast

“I think the fitness industry took a wrong turn when it adopted a top down model of fitness education. I also feel there is too much emphasis on working out alone and the collection of arbitrary data. WildStrong is the opportunity to embed movement in a community setting, with tangible benefits, creating a peer-lead, distributed model of health practice.”

Episode 165

In this week’s episode, we delve into the world of community-based health and fitness with guests Andrew Telfer and Gill Erskine, co-founders of WildStrong. Andrew, a public health professional with over 15 years of experience in strength and conditioning coaching, brings a wealth of knowledge about health promotion and achievable exercise for longevity. Gill, with a background in environmental politics and a passion for community building, co-founded WildStrong to create space for people to move more and get stronger, regardless of their gym-going habits. Together, they discuss the intersection of public health and local, community-based physical activity, sharing insights on building connections, fostering community engagement, and promoting holistic well-being.

Main Topics Covered:

  • The journey of WildStrong: From concept to community movement
  • The importance of community-based physical activity for health and longevity
  • Strategies for bridging the gap between public health and local fitness initiatives
  • Creating inclusive spaces for movement and strength-building outside traditional gym settings
  • Nurturing connections and fostering a sense of belonging within communities
  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activity and promoting accessibility for all

Tune in to explore how WildStrong is revolutionising the approach to health and fitness, one community at a time, and discover practical insights for incorporating movement and strength-building into your daily life.

Lots of love,

Dave & Steve

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