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Abdul’s Journey from NFL Athlete to Self‑Care Advocate

Host Deborah Rozman and Guest Abdul‑Karim al‑Jabbar

June 20, 2023 Episode #65 Add Heart Podcast Past Episodes

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This sixty-fifth episode is an excellent way to sustain your own personal heart-practices. We also hope it will be a supportive tool for you to offer to your clients, patients and colleagues.

In a world where "tough it up" is often praised above all else, our guest Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar, a former football player for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, courageously challenged the status quo that said, "If you’re injured, we’ll take care of you; if you’re just hurt, keep on going."

Guided by the intelligence of his heart, he embarked on a self-discovery journey and uncovered the power of heart vulnerability and the healing it brings as a key to health and fitness.

In this episode, released during Men’s Health Month, Karim talks talks with host Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., about the outdated narrative so many athletes are taught: "Don’t complain, suck it up," and its effect on mental and physical health.

Karim reveals his profound wake-up moments that shattered self-denial and illuminated the value of heart vulnerability and following his heart, and shares his story of how he discovered that real strength involves identifying what you really feel and having the courage to share it – to be self-honest first and then honest with others.

Hear why Karim learned to listen to his heart’s intelligence and the profound impact it had on his life. This episode will inspire you to reconsider societal expectations and embrace your own heart-directed journey of fitness, health and true self-care.

The episode closes with a heart meditation to help us hear our own heart’s promptings of our next steps to better mental, emotional and physical fitness.

About Our Guest

Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar is a ‘wholistic’ coach certified in personal training, precision nutrition, and HeartMath®. A former NFL professional football player, now works with executives and their families, (children, parents, and grandparents). He founded the National Center for Wholistic Coaching, where he teaches trainers to become wholistic coaches. This National Center is designed to empower coaches and their clients with tools to achieve wholistic health – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, covering three primary objectives: excellence, wellness, and character.

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