Extreme Workouts To Build Mental Strength

Extreme Workouts To Build Mental Strength

It is 10:50 am and I have been working at a serious pace since 7:30 am.  So far, we have run 11 miles,  3 sets of stairs, 5 runs up the steepest hill in town, 30 burpees, 30 clap pushups, 200 weighted pullups, 400 weighted pushups, and 600 weighted squats (2 Murphs and a bunch of running). I have already consumed and sweated out over a gallon of water, but right now, I am just staring at a barbell and wondering if I can pick it up.  
The barbell was 155 pounds and was the single implement to a classic CrossFit hero workout called DT. 

How to Be A Better Fishing Guide

How to Be A Better Fishing Guide

I got a question from a listener named Nick asking about how to be a better guide. This is a topic that I have mentioned or talked about certain aspects of, but never just full on addressed. So here goes, quick overview on how to be a better guide. You need to be on the water a lot, you need to be keeping a journal, have a plan A, B, C, D and so on, be dedicated to professionalism, be the best communicator possible, be there early, keep your gear in perfect condition, watch your dress and language, maintain your health and find time to read.

Using Dice For Elite Fitness - The Game Evolves

Multiple Dice make things more interesting

Multiple Dice make things more interesting

The Dice Game is evolving for me.  I have thought about this format for quite a while but just never really got around to creating the workout.  Finally, Max Baumgardner gave me a pack of blank dice and I began to play around with the idea of a randomized workout with select exercises.

One of my favorite workouts on the road is the Deck of Cards.  I have written and discussed this workout many times because it has been one of the foundational workouts for me on the road for the last 20 years.  I simply take a deck of cards in every travel bag and I know that I will be able to get a great workout no matter where I am, or if I have any equipment.

The dice game solves at least one problem with the Card game.  When it is windy, the cards blow away.  It would take a hurricane to blow away the dice so if it is windy, the dice can be a much better alternative to the cards.

Another advantage to the dice might be that there are 6 sides to a standard die.  I can select 6 exercises that require no equipment or do just 5 and leave one open as a Joker so that I can incorporate whatever is available on site.

This morning we used 3 dice + the number die to come up with a challenging workout.

Die 1





Flutter Kicks x 10

Joker = pullups today

Die 2 - Sandbag 

Clean and Jerk

Plank Pulls

Shoulder 2 Shoulder

Front Squats


Sandbag 2 shoulder

Die 3 - kettlebell


Single arm snatch


Goblet Squat

Single arm press

Joker = 200 m run today

Number Die (I have it in 5’s but you could make them any numbers you want)







For the first 5 minutes, just the bodyweight die

Second 5 minutes, bodyweight and sandbag

Last 10 minutes, bodyweight + sandbag + Kettlebell

The workout was good, not especially challenging but I will continue to work on the numbers and exercises to create a masterpiece of reps and exercises guaranteed to be extremely effective.

If you come up with some devious routines with the dice, let me know.  I really like the idea and want to continue to work on it for road workouts. Send them to me at Podcast@saltwaterexperience.com or tag me @tom_rowland on Instagram

How To Assemble A First Aid Kit Feat. Dr. Max Baumgardner

How To Assemble A First Aid Kit Feat. Dr. Max Baumgardner

I brought Dr. Max Baumgartner into the studio to go over some things he carries in his First Aid Kit. Dr. Baumgartner is an Emergency Room Doctor and he has seen a lot of common injuries that occur on the boat. He goes over some common things you should have in your kit as well as some things that he added in that he thinks are important.

Carter Andrews - Obsessed




“We did 40 miles up a river dragging old dug out canoes to get to this waterfall where, the story goes, the Son of Tupa lives.”

Podcast Synopsis

Carter Andrews is obsessed. He is obsessed with fishing..all types of fishing.

Carter and I have a similar story and our paths have intersected many times over the last 30 years. We both grew up in Tennessee which makes a career as a saltwater fisherman unlikely at best. We both had the desire and followed that desire to end up in Jackson Hole, WY and guide for different and competing outfits. From there, I went to Key West and Carter went to Crooked Island, Bahamas then to Panama.

We fished many tournaments together and competed against one another in big events like the ESPN Great Outdoor Games. Today, our paths cross again in the television world. Carter has two shows on television now. The Obsession Of Carter Andrews and Legendary Catch.

Carter and I catch up, tell some old stories and I get to find out what he has been up to since the last time we saw one another. If you are a fan of Carter, please forward this article or share the player above with a few of your friends. Tag both @tom_rowland and @carterandrewsfishing on instagram and let us know that you listened to the show. Im sure Carter would love to know what you thought about his story. As always, if you liked this episode, please rate and review the Tom Rowland Podcast on iTunes with 5 stars and a review that tells the world why they should listen as well. You can reach me directly through the dedicated email podcast@saltwaterexperience.com with future guest suggestions or show suggestions.

Here are some highlights of this show:

00:00:00 - Guest Intro -  The story of the hunt for The Son Of Tupa

00:1:30- Tom Rowland’s introduction of Carter Andrews, and the many times their lives have intersected in tournaments, fishing shows and more.

00:02:57 - Catching up with Carter

00:03:26 - The last time Tom and Carter caught up and saw each other

00:04:05 - When Tom ran out of gas on the way back from The Everglades

00:04:34 - Carter’s biggest year, what he’s been up to (YETI Film, National Geographic, etc…)

00:07:10 - Carter and Tom’s overlap from growing up in Tennessee, Guiding in Jackson Hole, to working on and making TV Shows

00:10:15 - The people who started their fishing career in Jackson Hole, WY. (Joe Bressler and Jack Dennis)

00:11:59 - Tom guiding in the Keys and Carter in the Bahamas, what is it like to guide in a foreign environment where you know no one?

00:15:55 - Learning to chum with live bait

00:17:38 - Carter moving from the Bahamas to Panama

00:19:57 - Crooked Island

00:20:30 - Carter talks about Marlin Fishing

00:24:38 - What made Carter the character he his and made him successful in guiding

00:25:30 - Watching other guides and seeing how they do it versus doing things yourself and figuring it out and making mistakes

00:26:25 - Difference between two shows, The Obsession of Carter Andrews versus the National Geographic Show

00:32:00 - The story of The Son Of Tupa (The Jaguar and the Dorado) and the National Geographic shoot in Bolivia

00:35:21 - The last chance catch of pulling up the line and landing a fish

00:39:40 - What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened when catching a fish?

People, organizations and terms mentioned in this podcast:

The Son Of Tupa, National Geographic, Carter Andrews, The Obsession, The Everglades, YETI Film with Carter Andrews, Scott Sanchez, Jay Buckner, John Simms, Boots Allen, Jose Wejebe, Crooked Island, Simon Becker, Tim Hoover, Joe Bressler, Jack Dennis, Jeff Currier

See you next time,

Tom Rowland

How To Book A Guide Featuring Hunter Leavine

How To Book A Guide Featuring Hunter Leavine

I got a question recently about how to best book a guide for a fishing trip, so I called up my friend Hunter Leavine to have him come talk about some tips for booking guides. Hunter runs a podcast called Captains Collective and he goes around interviewing guides all the time so he has some awesome insights in this podcast.

How To Build Your Own Garage Gym Without Spending A Fortune

How To Build Your Own Garage Gym Without Spending A Fortune

I got some questions on the email (podcast@saltwaterexperience.com) that spawned this episode of Physical Friday. Which if you have any questions about fishing, fitness or guest suggestions just send it over maybe your question will make good material for an entire episode. I have my own home gym and it has certainly spiraled out of control. It takes up my garage and some of the driveway and I have more equipment than some actual gyms have. The way I have done it with my group is that people are welcome to come workout at my house and every now and then we will all chip in on a new piece of equipment.

Mike Iaconelli - 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion, 2006 Angler of the Year - Pursuing His Mission With Passion

Mike Iaconelli - 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion, 2006 Angler of the Year - Pursuing His Mission With Passion

Mike Iaconelli is a professional Bass Fisherman from South Philly, now living in New Jersey. He's had a passion for fishing since childhood and has been competing in fishing tournaments since high school. Since that time, Mike has won, or come near winning almost every major award in tournament bass fishing, and is the only angler to have ever won the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Angler of the Year and B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. Most notably the 2003 Bassmaster Classic and 2006 Angler-of-the-Year awards. Most recently Mike won the Bassmaster Open on the James River only a couple of weeks after this podcast was recorded.