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#440. Mastering Discipline On and Off the Court: Zane Navratil's Secrets to Stress Freedom

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Discover the story behind pickleball's explosive growth with Zane Navratil, a professional player and renowned coach.

In this episode, Zane shares his journey from high school tennis champion to becoming a top-ranked pickleball pro, revealing the addictive elements that make this sport so appealing to players of all ages.

With his unique blend of competitive drive and engaging personality, Zane offers valuable insights into the future of pickleball and the importance of discipline in achieving success both on and off the court.


  • Why the social aspect and adrenaline rush make pickleball so addictive
  • How pickleball is poised to become a high school and collegiate sport
  • The potential for pickleball to become an Olympic sport in the future
  • Zane's journey from accountant to professional pickleball player
  • The power of discipline and how it can lead to a more stress-free life


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Quotable moments:

"I think the reason why it's so addicting is the social element of it. You're 14 feet away. So for somebody like me who likes to talk a little smack, opponents can always hear me." - Zane Navratil

"I think that the future of the sport is this is going to take over as a high school and collegiate sport. I think that's the near future." - Zane Navratil

"Discipline is freedom. If you're disciplined enough to get the things done that you need to get done, the rest of your day is free." - Zane Navratil

"I like to put everything down in a spreadsheet so that it doesn't live in my head." - Zane Navratil


The BluePrint Podcast is for busy professionals and Household CEOs who care deeply about their families, career, and health. Host Dr. Erik Korem distills cutting edge-science, leadership, and life skills into simple tactics optimized for your busy lifestyle and goals.   Dr. Korem interviews scientists, coaches, elite athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and exceptional people to discuss science and practical skills you can implement to become the most healthy, resilient, and impactful version of yourself.

On a mission to equip people to pursue audacious goals, thrive in uncertainty, and live a healthy and fulfilled life, Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer. He introduced sports science and athlete-tracking technologies to collegiate and professional (NFL) football over a decade ago. He has worked with the National Football League, Power-5 NCAA programs, gold-medal Olympians, Nike, and the United States Department of Defense.

Erik is an expert in sleep and stress resilience. He is the Founder and CEO of AIM7, a health and fitness app that unlocks the power of wearables by providing you with daily personalized recommendations to enhance your mind, body, and recovery.


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