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19: Matt Wagner – Team Proud as a Peacock of NBC Universal

By February 25, 2015Podcasts
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Business-based teams are more prevalent than ever in the Whole Life Challenge, and in this episode, Andy and Michael head out to Universal City, California to visit with one.

The team’s name is “Proud as a Peacock,” which makes perfect sense considering the company they work for — NBC. Matt Wagner (aka “Magner”), Chira, Jocelyn, Karyn, Lauren, and Anna share with us about the workplace challenges they’ve gone through together over the past six weeks. Things like:

  • Trays of ice cream and cupcakes floating by their offices
  • Catering business lunches
  • Their “emergency” drawer — open in case of an emotional break-down
  • Social drinking and business dinners
  • Eating off the cheese plate only because of the discomfort of passing

The team is captained by Matt, who’s a seven-time WLC veteran, and they have over twenty members on their team that is split between Universal City and New York City.

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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.