Podcast: Sami Inkinen - Sustainable High Performance

by: Matt Dixon


Welcome to Episode Three of Purple Patch Podcast! This weekly podcast will explore human potential and how athletic training optimizes your performance in all areas of your life, including work and family.


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How a CEO Creates Sustainable High Performance

In Episode Three, Matt interviews Sami Inkinen:  Founder of Virta Health, Co-founder of Trulia, and Amateur World Champion Triathlete.  Sami shares his strategies and mindset for sustaining high performance in sport, business, and life.

Highlights include:

  • Word of the Week:  Sugar  Sugar is often referred to as the new smoking.  As an athlete, when do you need sugar?
  • Sami's life story, how he got into endurance sports, and why he left Finland for the United States
  • How he shifted his mindset and went from exhausted and forgetful to thriving in all areas of life
  • Sami's journey toward Amateur World Championships in triathlon while training 10-12 hours a week
  • A deep dive into his training philosophies, challenges, and mistakes as well as what’s important to success in life, work, and sport
  • Interesting reasons why Sami became so passionate about nutrition and the role of sugar in the body
  • How and why he and his wife rowed from California to Hawaii with no refined sugars
  • Virta Health and his mission to reverse Type-2 Diabetes in 100 million people by 2025
  • Habits and key benefits of adopting an athletic mindset

Sami was generous enough to share a typical race build phase going into an IRONMAN.  To view his training schedule and read Matt's insights, please visit:  Sample Week of Training:  Sami Inkinen

Next in Episode Four:  Endurance Training - Setting up the Week and Nailing the Basics. You won't want to miss this discussion of Purple Patch Fitness' first Pillar of Performance.  Matt will discuss how the focus of this training is to achieve the necessary volume while combining it with healthy lifestyle practices to avoid accumulated fatigue and improve performance.

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