Josh Trent is the founder of Wellness Force, a wellness industry influencer, and consultant specializing in health technology. As a top-ranked iTunes podcast host with over 13 years in the health and wellness industry, Josh leads the Wellness Force community in discovering physical and emotional intelligence to help men and women live life well. His work has been featured in major health and wellness publications such as WellnessFX, NASM, and FitTech CES.
Without further ado, let's get Joovvin' with Josh...
You’re one of the few people I know who completed Mark Divine’s SEALFIT 20x Challenge. What are the top 1-2 things you learned about yourself through this experience?
This event cracked me wide open - both physically and emotionally. I learned that in my most difficult gut-check moments, that if I can breathe, I can choose. We tend to forget how powerful breath can be, especially when it comes to moving through discomfort. My breath control was my greatest ally in what Divine calls "embracing the suck" and in going outside myself to be of service to a mission greater than me. This event literally changed the color of the lens I see challenges through. So much so, that we partnered with SEALFIT to document the journey to inspire others to find their deeper “why” through the 20X Challenge.
What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Haha, burpees! Seriously that exercise takes me to my edge, every time. A close second would be high repetition barbell squats. But honestly, when it comes to fitness, I tend to secretly love the things that I hate because I know how strong they make me.
You talk a lot about emotional healing and transformation. What is the most important piece of advice you could give someone that is working on bettering their overall emotional state?
Surrender to the fact that emotional healing will take time. To begin, complete what I call the "emotional inventory." After a workout, shower, and get quality nutrition. Then, go to a quiet space where you won't be disturbed and shut off all electronics to be in stillness for 2 hours. Grab a journal and a pen, take a seat, and close your eyes to complete 7 rounds of a 5-5-5-5 box breathing session. Once you've used breath to reset your nervous system, open a blank journal page and draw a line down the middle. On the left side, handwrite the top 10 things you want to be different in your life. After a pause to reflect, on the right side, write down all the people, habits, energy, and actions that must change or be let go of in order for you to get the peace and fulfillment you desire. Once you have taken a full inventory, choose one thing that you are committed to changing in the next 7 days. This is important because identifying the one thing will be the catalyst for all future changes. Commit to the one thing, feel the discomfort, allow yourself to be vulnerable and to call in the support you need, then move through the threshold. It's okay to be afraid, we all feel that. But don't let the feeling stop you.
Most people know you as a health and fitness enthusiast, but you’re also a savvy entrepreneur as well. What are a few of your favorite online marketing tools?
For my WordPress site, I use a plugin called Thrive Themes. And for emails, we are switching over to Drip. Of course, I’m sure these will all change in 2018. Digital moves fast and the tools change almost every few months. But consistently, our Facebook page and the WFR iTunes podcast are the major channels where we engage with our super active Wellness Force Community.
You’ve been using a Joovv for about a month now. What intrigues you most about light therapy (photobiomodulation)?
The Joovv has been a morning energy booster. The science of photobiomodulation has been utterly fascinating for me. I use a kneeling meditation stool with the Joovv when I'm fully naked (for 10 minutes front-facing) to get that extra testosterone boost (applied directly to the genitals) and 10 minutes back-facing while I set my intention for the day and breathe. My next exploration will be using Joovv post workout to test for added recovery.
What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?
I think most people see me as an extrovert. But with as much as I talk and mash the gas pedal, I also deeply value my sleep and quiet time. I find it's the only way I can refill my tank to be able to serve our community and be fully present as a host. Most people would be surprised to know that I'm really a grandpa inside, and most happy when I get to unwind with a book and be in bed before 10pm - even on weekends. Great sleep for me has no equal.
What is your favorite quote? The one you always go back to when you need some inspiration?
"Do the thing and you will have the power." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
You’ve had the opportunity to interview some pretty amazing people on the wildly popular Wellness Force Radio podcast. Are there 1-2 guests that really stand out?
This is really difficult to pick the top 1-2 because they are all so deeply enriched with subject-matter experts in wellness niches, but the podcasts I'm really energized and continue to get messages about are Robb Wolf and Dan Pardi. I also have to add Mark Divine because, well, it's Mark Divine.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
I'd put up a billboard right next to the 5 freeway right where it hits the 405. It would say: LOVE > FEAR
Thanks again to Josh Trent for Joovvin' with us! Also, don't forget to check out his podcast when you get a chance. Josh hosts a phenomenal show. Cheers!