Ep 74: Climb Your Mountain, Preparation is Key, and Do It Together with Billy Oorbeek and PJ Vhalantones

Episode 74

In this episode, I speak with my good friend Billy Oorbeek and his brother-in-law PJ Vhalantones. Billy who spent 20+ years in political space to change careers into Fitness Training. PJ is a training and owner of a boutique HIIT facility called Fusion Integrated Training in Grosse Point Michigan.

We talk about their experience doing the 29029 Everesting event put on by Jessie Seitzler and Colin O’Brady there journey from start to finish – who came up with the ‘bright idea’ to do this challenge, how they prepared, some of the surprises along the way, and how they might approach it differently next time.

Topics Discussed:

Do More with Your Health

Do Hard Things

Always Be Prepared

Surprised by the Emotional Impact

Value of Solitude & Self Reflection

Common Goals Product Community

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Time on Your Feet

Relationships Built Through Trials

Physical, Mental and Emotional Journey





Billy: First Impossible and Sports Gene

PJ: Extreme Ownership

Listening To:

Billy: JRE podcast, 80-90’s music

PJ: R&R podcast, Craig Groeschel


Billy: Massage Gun, Watching Bob Ross

PJ: Nutrition & Sleep. Mid-day reset, Insight Timer (Meditation app)


*Anything discussed in this episode is not medical advice and you should always check with a health professional prior to taking any actions.

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