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Real Pod

with Victoria Garrick

Former Division I volleyball player and TED Talk speaker, Victoria Garrick, is a mental health and body-image advocate who sits down with all sorts of inspirational and awesome guests to bring you the REALEST conversations around success, failure, life, and challenge. New episodes every Wednesday!


Episodes

  • Quarantine Mental Health - Sharing 3 of My Struggles and Giving 3 Pieces of AdviceVictoria sits down to share three things that she's been struggling with during quarantine and even goes as far as to share her favorite songs to cry to... yeah, we keep it very #REAL on Real Pod! She'll then give three pieces of advice which have...
  • Real Pod TrailerFormer Division I volleyball player and TED Talk speaker, Victoria Garrick, is a mental health and body-image advocate who sits down with all sorts of inspirational and awesome guests to bring you the REALEST conversations around success, failure,...
  • Dr. Michael Gervais - Understanding Our Minds: How To Unlock Your Full PotentialDr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who works in the most high stakes environments training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and releasing one's highest potential. His clients include world record holders,...
  • Sophia Stallone: Leaving the Modeling Industry, Coping With Anxiety, & Navigating the Single LifeWith over 1.3 million followers on social media and a last name that is recognized in almost every household, Sophia Stallone is one of Hollywood's "It girls." But what people don't know about Sophia is how down to earth, smart, and REAL she is!...
  • Female Athlete Struggles - Body-Image, Comparison, & Anxiety with Soccer Grl Probs!Alanna Locast, Shannon Fay, and Carly Beyar are all former Division I soccer players who founded the wildly successful and popular brand, "Soccer Grl Probs." These three female athletes, known to their devout fans as "Ladyballers," are known for their...
  • Patience and Emotional Growth with World Cup Champion Dustin WattenDustin Watten is a professional volleyball player and five year member of the USA Men's National Team. He is most well known for his underdog mindset and work ethic; Dustin spent six years wiping the floors of the USA Volleyball gym in hopes to make...
  • Body Positivity, Chronic Illness, & Health At Every Size with Life Coach Michelle ElmanMichelle Elman is a five-board accredited life coach, body positivity advocate, TED Talk speaker, and author of her debut book "Am I Ugly?" Michelle's has underwent 15 surgeries due to chronic illnesses, which include a brain tumor and hydrocephalus. These surgeries left her with multiple and visible scars that for a very long time, she despised. Michelle explains how nearly losing her life finally gave her the joy and strength to appreciate and love her body. (And also found her wildly popular social medi
  • Leaving the Olympics, Embracing Fear, & Choosing Life with Carli LloydCarli Lloyd is an Olympic medalist who spent seven years playing with the United States Women's National Volleyball Team. However, after her first Olympic games and two years into training for her second Carli made the decision to walk away from the national team, from the olympics, from everything she had worked for. You might be thinking, Why? Well today, and for the first time ever, Carli is opening up intimately about this decision and the powerful realizations she’s had about herself, life, and purpo
  • Kylie Ross - Body-Insecurity, ACL Injuries, & PerfectionismKylie Ross is a former Division I soccer player from Baylor University where she received both an undergrad as well as Master’s degree. During her last season at Baylor she created a YouTube channel which has since gained over 140,000 subscribers! Kylie and her videos are all about sharing her passion for sports, health, fitness, and more about her life as a female athlete. In this episode, Kylie talks about sitting on the sidelines her first two years at Baylor, recovering from a painful ACL injury, body
  • 3 Keys To A Strong Relationship + How We Met! (feat. Max Browne)Max is back! But this time he's here to talk intimately about his four year relationship with Victoria. Hear the candid story of how they met and fell in love, then receive their three key tips to developing a strong, healthy, and loving relationship. This is a good one to listen to with your boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and crushes!
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  • Anna Cockrell - NCAA Champion Explains Mental Health Struggles & Painful Pursuit to PerfectionAnna Cockrell is a highly decorated USC Track & Field star. She is an All-American hurdler and sprinter, a defending NCAA champion, and currently holds records for several events. Not only is she an incredible athlete, bust she also finished her undergraduate with a 3.98 cumulative GPA, the highest of any student-athlete at USC. However, with great success also comes immense pressure to perform both mentally and physically. In today’s episode, Anna gets real about performance anxiety, the pressures of per
  • Reid Priddy - 4x Olympian & Gold Medal Volleyball PlayerReid Priddy is a 4x Olympian and gold medalist, former member of the United States National Volleyball Team, and World Champion. Reid reveals what truly separates the best in the world from those who barely miss the mark, while diving into his own personal struggles with confidence and pressure to perform. Having been at the top of not only his game, but the world's game, for sixteen consecutive years, Reid's wisdom and experience offers invaluable knowledge to other athletes in pursuit of greatness. 2:30-7
  • Dr. Nicole LePera - The Holistic Psychologist Talks Ego, Worthiness, & Self-HealingDr. Nicole LePera, known by her 2.5 million followers as The Holistic Psychologist, focuses her teachings on the connection between mind and body. She views mental and physical struggles from a whole person perspective and works to identify the underlying physical and emotional causes. In this episode, Dr. LePera explains in depth why we develop the voice inside of our heads and how we can differentiate between the narrative we've formed around who we are as opposed to our true essence of being. (This is a
  • Brittani Lancaster - Body Positivity, Eating Disorder Recovery, and TikTok Fame!In just one year, Brittani Lancaster has gained over 400,000 TikTok followers who tune in daily for her honest, uplifting, and encouraging videos about body positivity and eating disorder recovery. After battling and overcoming both Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder in high-school, Brittani found healing and strength on her recovery path which has fueled her advocacy work. She dives deep into her journey, sharing her experiences and offering inspiring insight to anyone struggling with their relatio
  • Nyakio Greico - Founder & Female EntrepreneurNyakio is a first-generation American of Kenyan descent who used her grandma's Kenyan beauty secrets to help launch her own skincare company, "Nykaio," which is now sold online at Target and Ulta! Nyakio also works with Girls, Inc. to mentor young women of color, helping build them into strong, independent, and powerful women. Not only does Nyakio talk about her experience and success as Black female entrepreneur, but she shares her perspective on the current Black Lives Matter movement happening around the
  • Francesca Mariano: Chicks In The Office, Mental Health, & Unrealistic Beauty StandardsFrom Barstool's hit podcast, "Chicks In The Office," Francesca Mariano joins Victoria to dive deep into her journey to success and how she's stays grounded and authentic with millions of eyes watching. Fran also opens up for the first time about her challenging college experience and why she decided to seek help for her mental health when times got tough. This episode is fun, raw, and a side of Fran you've never seen before!
  • The Max Browne Interview - What Really Happened to the Nation's #1 RecruitMax Browne was the #1 football recruit in the country and offered a full-ride scholarship to USC at the age of 14. Fans and news paper outlets even cited him as the "next Peyton Manning." But once he began his career at USC, no one expected what would happen next... especially not Max. His story is one of heartbreak, resilience, and strength. This emotional interview will be sure to move you and inspire any and all dreamers out there.
  • Feel Better About Your Body: 5 Ways To Do ItWe all have those days where we wake up and feel bloated, gross, and just not cute! If that's how you feel today, or any day, you'll want to hear this... Victoria will guide you through 5 simple ways to feel better about yourself.
  • Ring Concierge - Nicole Wegman's Rise to the Top of the IndustryNicole Wegman, more popularly known by her IG handle Ring Concierge, built her iconic jewelry empire from scratch. Now amassing over 300,000 followers on Instagram and hand crafting engagement rings for celebrities, Nicole and her team are becoming one of the most sought out jewelry companies in the country. Nicole tells us how she re-routed her life after college to start her own company, diving deep into the world of entrepreneurship and starting her own business!
  • Victoria's BFF's! Quaran-themed Convo With Aubrey & NatalieVictoria's two best friends, Aubrey Gavello and Natalie Marshall, call in to have a totally candid, wildly unfiltered, and hilarious conversation about all things quarantine life! You just might pee your pants laughing at some of these juicy stories. They also divert into some random topics like ferris wheel kisses, the worst thing you could say to someone who's lost an item, and all the sob stories about their deceased childhood pets...weird right ... but the entertainment we all need! If you're craving so
  • BREAK FREE FROM DIETING & SHAME - Geneen Roth Part IIGeneen Roth is back to help YOU and your relationship with food during quarantine!! Why do we eat when we aren't hungry?? How do I stop obsessing over food?! What do I do if someone I live with makes me feel bad about my body? How can I fix all of this!? THIS EPISODE HAS THE ANSWERS, AND THE TRUTH! New York Times' Best Selling author and Oprah Winfrey Show guest, Geneen Roth, is back to promote intuitive eating and a deeper connection with oneself.
  • Kelsey Robinson - Conquering Your Inner Voice: The Pursuit of A World Class AthleteKelsey Robinson is currently one of the world's top volleyball players; she has dominated the sport in Turkey, Italy, and helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic games. Kelsey discusses what it truly takes to make it to the highest level in sports and talks us through all the road bumps she's hit along the way... like the day she thought she'd quit the sport forever! Kelsey gets real about her personal struggles with confidence, and a battle with food and body-image that she's never shared bef
  • Cindy Marina - Miss Universe Albania 2019!After entering her first pageant ever in 2019, Cindy Marina was crowned Miss Universe Albania! She then competed in the international Miss Universe pageant where she finished in the top 20. When she's not strutting down the runway on live television, she's competing for National Championships as a Division I college volleyball player. Cindy tells all about the behind the scenes details that go into competing on the Miss Universe stage, and how she was able to balance two totally different live styles as bot
  • Love Is Blind - Kelly Chase!From the #1 Netflix reality TV show, "Love Is Blind," Kelly Chase sits down to tell ALL about her experience getting engaged to someone she's never seen before. She shares inside scoop about how the show was filmed, her personal experience in the pods, and why she chose to say "I Don't" at the altar!
  • Sara Hughes - On Resilience & Overcoming Adversity as an AthleteSara Hughes is one of beach volleyball's most historic college players. Winning multiple NCAA Championships, multiple PAC-12 Championships, and setting countless records at USC, she has made her mark in the sand and has been continuing to do the same at the professional level. After peaking at No. 9 in the world beach volleyball rankings with her partner Summer Ross, a heartbreaking injury stopped their climb to the olympics. Sara had to pick up the pieces to figure out how she would qualify before time ran
  • Dr. Varun Soni - The Mental Health Crisis ExplainedDr. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, where he is the chief religious and spiritual leader for over 45,000 students. He has been featured on ABC News, Forbes, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times; he also has a close relationship with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He sits down with Victoria to discuss the current mental health crisis facing students throughout the country, and why so many are battling with issues of meaning, purpose, and loneliness. Th
  • Paralympic Gold Medalist - Mallory WeggemannMallory Weggemann is a Paralympic gold medalist and record setter! Her story is one of great inspiration and resilience; at the age of 18, Mallory was experiencing back pain and went in for a series of epidural shots. The third shot left her completely paralyzed from the waist down. Despite this life changing moment, she continued to pursue her passion of swimming and made it all the way to the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic games where she became a two-time Paralympic medalist.
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings: The Best In The World (Volleyball's Most Decorated Player)Kerri Walsh Jennings, the most decorated volleyball player in Olympic history, has competed in four Olympic games and dominated the sport for nearly three decades. Kerri gets honest about the challenges she's faced and the growth she's still experiencing as she explains how becoming the greatest of all time comes with a cost. She is shockingly raw, incredibly open, and sure to turn you into an even bigger fan once you've heard her heart.
  • Eating Disorder Q&AOn this episode, Victoria answers questions that were submitted to her by followers on her Instagram (@victoriagarrick @realpod) and in the YouTube comments section of her newest video, "My Eating Disorder Story."
  • 5 Tips To Get Out Of A Mental SlumpVictoria shares 5 quick and easy tips to get out of a mental slump! We've all been there... you're feeling low, or sad, and there's no particular reason, but you just want to feel better again! If this sounds like something you've experienced or are going through now, give this a listen!
  • Jake Olson - Blind Football Player Talks Gratitude & OptimismAt eight months old, Jake Olson was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and had to have his left eye removed. At the age of 12, news came back from the doctors that the cancer returned in his right eye and he would have to lose his sight completely. Despite this, Jake continued to pursue a life that surpassed his wildest dreams, playing on the USC football team, graduating college with honors, and traveling the country to share his outlook on life with executives, athletes, and people of all ages. In this episode
  • Rachael Adams: Olympic Medalist on Personal Growth & Finding PeaceRachael Adams is a current member of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team and the founder of JourneyStrength. She is an olympic medalist, world champion, and she's deeply curious about personal growth and inner exploration. Her kind nature coupled with her genuine desire to become the best version of herself will inspire you to think more deeply about your own journey.
  • Kate Austin & Sarah Sulsenti - Fiancés Talk Coming Out & LGBTQ
  • Ron Boss Everline - Next Level Motivation (Kevin Hart's Trainer)Ron Boss Everline is a celebrity trainer who works with stars like Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, and most famously, Kevin Hart. Boss is also the founder of the JustTrain gym empire and a motivational guru on his social media platforms where millions of people follow along to study his work ethic and daily wisdom. If you're feeling lazy, listen to this!
  • Sophie Flay - Journalism, Post-Grad Feels, & VulnerabilitySophie is an accomplished journalist who currently works as a reporter for ABC7 Los Angeles. She's also starred in popular Food Network Show "The Flay List" alongside her dad Bobby, as well as appeared on The Rachel Ray Show. Sophie talks about the difficult transition from college to the working world, and shares about therapy, relationships, and how she handles the inner critic we all have that strives for perfection.
  • April Ross: 2x Olympic Medalist Talks Training, Mental Health, & Body-ImageApril Ross is a two time olympic beach volleyball medalist; she won a silver medal in London and a bronze medal in Rio. Now, she is preparing to play in Tokyo for her 3rd Olympic games. April has been a volleyball phenomenon her entire life: Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school, All-American, back to back national champion at USC, and now making history as one of the best female beach volleyball players ever. April discusses what her journey has been like, the philosophies she lives by, her mental
  • Where CONFIDENCE comes from!On this quickie, Victoria tells you exactly where confidence comes from and how you can become more confident in your everyday life!
  • Christie Valdiserri - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model: Bald and Bold!Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model and Professional Dancer, Christie Valdiserri, was always the bombshell blonde who "looked" the part. But one day, Christie noticed a small patch of hair missing from the back of her head. Over the following weeks, Christie soon became fully bald and was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 22. At first she was devastated, embarrassed, and covered up her disease underneath a wig. On this episode, Christie takes us through her entire journey of how she went from blonde, to b
  • 8 Reasons To Stop Caring What People ThinkIt is so normal to worry and care about what others think of us. "Do they like me? Am I cool? Am I doing good enough??" Here are 8 reasons why you need to STOP letting the opinions and thoughts of others rule your world!
  • What is SB-206? The Bill That's Changing The Future For College Athletes (Feat. Activist Hayley Hodson)SB-206 is historic bill that will give  college athletes their rights to their Name, Likeness, & Image.  Victoria brings on Hayley Hodson, Stanford Volleyball All-American and SB-206 Activist, to discuss what this means for college...
  • Taylor Formico - 2x Pac-12 Libero of the Year talks Leadership, Mindset, & How To Make Your Team WinTaylor Formico, former UCLA starting volleyball player, 2 time Pac-12 Libero of the Year, and AVCA All american, shares her keys to success. We are going to talk all about her mental framework, how she approaches the pressure of an overlooked position, and the invaluable life lessons and morals the kept her focused through it all. This is a must listen for anyone functioning in a team/group environment as Taylor has truly mastered what it takes to help you team win.
  • Tiffany Smith Anoa'i - Getting Your Seat At The Table, Lessons From CBS Network's Executive Vice President of DiversityTiffany Smith Anoa-i is CBS Network’s Executive Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, a position that she petitioned the network create after she saw the lack of diversity both on camera and behind the scenes in media. She’s been written about in Time magazine and spoken at numerous female empowerment conferences. Tiffany shares all about her journey: how she lost her college scholarship, had to get a job and put herself through school, the lessons she learned along the way, and how she’s not onl
  • Why I Don't Edit My Instagram Pictures AnymoreSo a lot of people edit their pictures, but not everyone stops. I haven't photo-shopped or edited a picture of myself in over two years! (Such a millennial accomplishment LOL.) I explain what I used to be like, obsessed with my appearance and my feed's aesthetic, and what happened that made me change. I also share a few things that I realized along the way! :)
  • Angie Lee - Entrepreneurship: The Pros & Cons Of Being An Absolute Girl BossAngie Lee was once $100,000 dollars in debt...now the 7 figure entrepreneur, top public speaker, and hit podcast host helps other women achieve their business goals and reach career success! Angie talks about what it was like to start her own business, how she balances her chaotic schedule, the anxiety attack that helped her re-evaluate her life, and why failure is her best friend.
  • Stephanie Yeboah - Fat Acceptance & Re-Writing Society's Perception of BeautyAward winning blogger and fat acceptance advocate, Stephanie Yeboah, joins Victoria to talk about plus size representation in media, body positivity, and slim privilege ...(amongst other topics like Lizzo's world takeover, Beyonce's edited pictures, and her advice for plus size women everywhere!) Stephanie discusses what it's like to be a plus size woman in today's society and the ways that we can make the necessary change towards body inclusivity.
  • Erica Spiegelman - The Mind, Body, & Spirit Tri-Fecta: Wellness Habits You Need To KnowErica Spiegelman is the best selling author of Rewired, a self-help book that focuses on how individuals can change their behavior for positive change in their life. Erica is an addiction and wellness specialist who has been featured on both Fox LA and Fox New York News Stations, she’s been featured on Keeping Up With Kardashians, and she's written about healthy living on the popular website POOSH. Erica sits down with Victoria to discuss all things wellness: time management, self-care, stress management,
  • 4 Things I Learned This Summer & 4 Tips For A Fresh Fall!Victoria shares the 4 biggest takeaways from her Summer and 4 pieces of advice that will help you start your Fall off right! :)
  • Brenda Tracy - Sexual Assault & Setting The ExpectationBrenda Tracy, founder of national campaign #SetTheExpectation, is a sexual assault survivor and advocate. She details the mental health repercussions and lifelong trauma she experienced from a gang rape in 1998 that left her feeling helpless. More than a decade after the assault, Brenda found out that her community had been working behind the scenes to keep her silent. Now, her voice is louder than ever as she travels to universities across the country sharing her story and inspiring change in the next gene
  • Aubrey Gavello - MY BFF (friendships that last a lifetime!)Victoria and Aubrey have been best friends for 16 years! They sit down to spill all the secrets that make a friendship last a lifetime.
  • Geneen Roth - Your Relationship With Food & Diets ExplainedNew York Time’s Best Selling Author and Nationally Renowned Food/Body-Image Guru, Geneen Roth, sits down with Victoria to discuss WHY we diet and binge eat, and how to stop the toxic cycle of restriction and shame. Geneen has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. She has absolutely cracked the code on food and dieting and shares ALL of her philosophies in this episode of #RealPod. (Not to mention, Victoria struggled with binge eating and disordered eating for years
  • Hayley Hodson - Volleyball's #1 Recruit Speaks Out About Her Career-Ending InjuryIn 2015, Hayley Hodson was the nation's top volleyball recruit. She went on to play at Stanford University, and was named an All-American and the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year after her first season. She hoped for a national championship and a future Olympic appearance, but what she never expected was a career ending concussion. Hayley is an example of true strength, someone who can handle adversity even in their darkest times. She discusses how she dealt with her fate and was able to create a completely diff
  • Katie Defeo - Haters, Ride or Die Friends, and Why Everything Happens For A ReasonUSC Lacrosse player and YouTuber, Katie Defeo, joins Victoria to talk about the real reasons she took a break from social media (mental health), the one hate comment she’s learned to love, how she got the tightest friend group ever, and why sacrifice is necessary for success!
  • Elise Lougee - Toxic Body-Image, Pro Dance Pressures, and Girl MustachesAfter being forced to step on the scale everyday and maintain an unrealistic appearance, Elise sought out to re-define what success meant to her. The girls talk anxiety, scales, and accepting past traumas.
  • 10 Tips For Performance ConfidenceVictoria shares 10 mental skills that will help you feel more confident and prepared to perform at your highest level.
  • Serena Kerrigan - Confidence, Therapy, & Not Caring What People ThinkRefinery 29 host and shameless confidence advocate, Serena Kerrigan, joins Victoria to share how she developed her "DO ME" mentality, and why she believes everyone needs therapy.
  • Nicole Davis - An Olympian's Mindset & Advice For You, MUST LISTEN!!Two-time Olympic medalist and volleyball legend, Nicole Davis, shares the truth about what it takes to become the best in the world. This is a MUST LISTEN as she explains how to unleash your full potential and make it last.
  • Perry Mattfeld - Hardwork to Stardom, Accepting Yourself, and Inner FullfilmentStar of The CW's new hit show "In The Dark," Perry Mattfeld, joins Victoria to talk about her rejection filled journey to success. Hear about how Perry overcame the various obstacles in her career, the moment that she learned to accept herself, and the crazy similarities between athletes and actresses.
  • Katie Austin - Hustle, 'Fitsporation', and Becoming ConfidentCertified fitness instructor, blogger, and self-made entrepreneur, Katie Austin, joins Victoria to discuss the pressures of being an Instagram 'Fitsporation,' the girls who tried to tear her down, and how she went from 0 confidence to 100.
  • Katelyn Ohashi - Gold Medal Standards, Self-Love, and Finding Her WhySix-time All-American UCLA gymnast and viral sensation, Katelyn Ohashi, gets real with Victoria on the podcast's first episode. She ranks number one in the nation on the floor, was a four year USA national team member, and uses her voice to advocate for female athlete body image and eating disorders. This is a MUST listen!

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