55: Cody Burkhart

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Cody Burkhart is classically trained in both Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and works as a Robotics Design Engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He has taken his passion for Engineering, Math, and Science and applied it to movement paradigms, biomechanical analysis, programming, and coaching of athletes.

From competing in Taekwondo to Crossfit, he is both athlete and scientist, and this conversation reveals that potent combo. This conversation is as deep as it is lengthy, but it's worth it's weight in gold.

As self-described:

“Cody is a difficult person. He obsesses over things and, due to his obsessions, if you have a justifiable argument that comes with the same amount of obsession - or a uniqueness that catches him off guard - he will support it.  Otherwise, he is very standoffish; most of the time to his detriment, in the fact that he digs in so hard because he has spent so much time with the obsessions that he has. 

So… difficult to work with.

Both interested in, and driven by, the minutia, as much as by the big picture.  Cody definitely has a desire to understand how everything connects back to everything else and, at the same time, how that works with the beliefs and things that he holds true (and the priorities that he has).

A human performance engineer interested in trying to humanize data from your body to allow you to access more of the beautifully subconscious information that is surrounding you all the time.

Typically, nice.

Lastly, he is most proud to be part of his wolf pack: consisting of a marvelous wife, who is both a muse and a unicorn, and two boys, who question the world and intend on giving it a run for its money.”

Quotes

“There is only so much that is statistically possible.”  - Cody Burkhart

“I like the idea of choosing when I hurt and why - over being forced to hurt unexpectedly - every single time.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Life is not a hot shower.”  - Thane Ringler

“Life’s a cold shower - there is going to be things that suck, and aren’t fun, and aren’t easy - but that’s the human experience. And cold showers are a really fun way to train that in a lot of ways.”  - Thane Ringler

“You are, at any time, in a war against ideas in your brain. There is some choice to think this or that, do this or that - there’s always a war and you’re on both sides. So every single time, you’re the monster and the man, you’re the villain and the hero, you’re the murderer and the martyr. However you choose to pick that story most often, becomes who you are.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Moments are always glass priorities - you never get moments back. And you may never get another moment with this person you’re with now.”  - Thane Ringler

“It’s only right that you invest your time in the places that’s worth investing.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Good or bad, hard to say.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Do the due-diligence to understand what you’re getting yourself into, so that you can understand how to find what you need to find in either success or failure.”  - Cody Burkhart

“You can continue digging and digging into the origins of everything, but you’re still left with this very interesting question to me, which is: but why? And even if why, then, how so? And when? And ultimately, for what total purpose?”  - Cody Burkhart

“Are you you? Or are you merely the manipulations of your environment upon you?”  - Cody Burkhart

“That’s ultimately what I’m trying to do with my work as a whole - how can I get you, as a human-being, to increase your performance by being better informed about who and what you are, and being able to understand how to process that information. That’s power to me.”  - Cody Burkhart

“You just get better when you deal with crappy stuff.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Find a way to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”  - Cody Burkhart

“That’s what makes beautiful moments so beautiful - they are rare.”  - Cody Burkhart

“Suffer better.”  - Cody Burkhart

Show Notes

Discipline Equals Freedom - Jocko Willink
"You aren't at the mercy of your emotions" - TED Talk
Brian MacKenzie interview - The Tim Ferriss Show (w/ Laird Hamilton)
Interview with Jon Roberts (Ep.#49)
Jordan Peterson - First, Second, and Third interview - The Joe Rogan Experience
Consilience - E.O. Wilson
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean
A River Runs Through It - Norman Macleon

Email Cody! - cody.burkhart@gmail.com

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Time-Markers

5:30 - Body Positioning Habits
7:00 - Cody’s Self-Description
10:30 - N=1, and the Power of Self-Experimentation
16:00 - Cold Exposure
24:00 - Benefits of the Cold
30:30 - Origin of Cody’s Obsessive Mind
45:00 - Impact of Being a Father/Husband
59:30 - Cody’s Current Work
1:11:00 - How Cody Processes Risk
1:22:30 - Cody’s Perspective on Faith
1:35:30 - Cody’s Field Journal
1:48:10 - Books that Impacted Cody
1:56:45 - Advice Cody Would Give to His 25-Year-Old Self
2:02:30 - Ted Talk Cody Would Give
2:08:20 - Morning Text Reminder
2:10:30 - Connect with Cody