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90: Jack Osbourne — Shining a Light on Addiction and MS

By April 1, 2017Podcasts
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You may remember Jack Osbourne from the hit TV show The Osbournes. He’s the son of the heavy metal singer Ozzie Osbourne and is a regular member at CrossFit Los Angeles.

Ozzy Osbourne and Jack OsbourneJack has a thriving business producing travel and history shows alongside his dad (who’s a closet history buff). He’s also a husband and a father to two daughters.

But the reason I wanted to have him as a guest on the show was to talk about his experience with addiction and getting sober as a teenager, as well as his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Jack OsbourneBefore the age of eighteen, Jack had become addicted to painkillers, recognized it, and then willingly went to rehab, kicking it without relapse — he’s now fourteen years sober and counting.

Not long after kicking painkillers, he got the sort of news that any human being who’s been to the doctor with strange symptoms dreads. He learned he has MS.

Jack didn’t tuck his tail under and run. Quite the opposite. He’s lives his life openly and honestly, sharing his trials and tribulations with the world in an effort to shed more light on this disease and to help others in need live with it.

Join me for this great conversation with Jack. Here are some of the things we speak about:

  • The unexpected twists and turns of life as a teenager, and how he pulled through
  • Climbing El Capitan — a 3,000 ft. sheer granite wall in Yosemite, CA
  • How choosing adventures or events that inspire you can pull you toward your goals
  • Getting “this chick” pregnant and getting married
  • His first symptoms of MS — “denial” is not just a river in Africa
  • His belief that, “Where you are at thirty is where you are with the rest of your life”
  • Commitment to three days per week of training — the start of changing his life
  • Getting his “life straight” through the Whole Life Challenge
  • Catching leptospirosis in the jungles of Borneo
  • The process of detoxing to cleanse his body
  • Process goals versus outcome goals
  • The importance of community in fitness and training


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P.S. If you only have five minutes, listen at 1:04:00 where I ask Jack how he makes sure to get “me time” with his crazy schedule.

THANKS, Jack Osbourne! If you enjoyed this podcast and want to thank Jack, click here to thank him on Twitter.

Episode Resources:
LA Times Article — How Jack battled MS.
CNN Article — How Jack overcame the “why me” moments post-diagnosis.
What Is MS? — From the National MS Society.
What Is Fitness? — By Greg Glassman
Man’s Search for Meaning — By Viktor E. Frankl.
Ozzy Osbourne — Website for Jack’s rock-star dad.
Orange Theory — Website for the high intensity training method.
Chelation Therapy — Information on the alternative treatment method.
Probiotics — Information on these stomach health nutrients.
Prolotherapy — Information on the alternative treatment method.

Connect with Jack:
Jack on Instagram
Jack on Twitter

If you enjoyed this podcast, here are some others to check out:
V Capaldi — How Food Cured Her “Uncurable” Disease
Jay Jacobs — Lessons for the New Year from a Biggest Loser Finalist

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.