This week I welcome Chase Chewning to the YKAL podcast. Chase is the creator of the platform Ever Forward and host of the podcast Ever Forward Radio. I’ve been on his podcast twice and y’all, he is an amazing host who is doing phenomenal things in the wellness industry (and wait until you hear his radio voice. Just wait). Today we take on big topics such as mental health, the revolution in masculinity and moving ever forward no matter the circumstance.
Chase shares openly with me the physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma he experienced following a serious hip injury, which led to being medically discharged from the military and having to learn to walk again. And like many of the conversations I have with my guests, ours shifted to topics I did not expect but am so glad they did.
We discussed the stories men (and women) sometimes make up about what it means to be a man (as in hiding one’s emotions) and how a revolution in masculinity is flipping those stories on their heads. As Chase so eloquently stated, “Every area of your life will be significantly better once you get honest, look inside, and allow yourself to feel.” Yes, we got a bit deep, philosophical, and real in this episode. But as you’ll hear at the top of the show, it’s important to be the person you were meant to be. This episode is a perfect example of Chase and I, doing just that.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- The physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma Chase experienced following medical discharge from the military due to a hip injury and having to learn to walk again (11:00)
- Internal and external healing: who and what was most helpful to Chase (emotionally and physically) during his journey (19:00)
- Chase on the revolution in masculinity and the importance of women being present with a man while he shares his deepest and darkest fears (27:00)
- Coming to our own conclusions about religion and spirituality (35:00)
- Chase’s mantra, Ever Forward: what it means and why it matters so much to him (47:09)
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A Virginia native and Army veteran, Chase is a Virginia Commonwealth University alum, graduating from their Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science undergraduate program in 2013. Having completed his MS in Health Promotion from American University in Washington, DC he also holds the following credentials: ACE Certified Health Coach and TRX Certified Suspension Trainer.
Living a life of wellness has always been a part of him – since growing up eating fresh food from his grandparents' garden, playing baseball throughout school and enjoying time in the mountains surrounding his family's southwest VA home. After six years of active duty, Chase was medically discharged from the military due to a string of injuries that ultimately required him to have bilateral reconstructive hip surgeries. After learning how to walk again, twice, exercise as medicine and healthy lifestyle modifications became his passion.
Chase has filled a variety of wellness roles since 2012; working in corporate fitness centers as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, coordinating employee wellness programs, training in public gyms, running boot camps as well as working alongside physicians in clinical environments as the Wellness Director for a concierge medical practice along the East Coast. Here, with a team of up to nine other health coaches, he helped patients with specific medical concerns such as diabetes, high cholesterol, physical limitations and disabilities, as well as run weight-loss and overall healthy lifestyle modification programs.
His family creed of “Ever Forward” is not only tattooed on his arm, but it is also what he instills in his clients. He strives to show his clients and podcast audience how to take control of their lives through bettering their physical and mental toughness. Chase now resides in downtown Los Angeles with his wife May, RN, BSN and their dog Nella.