Podcast with Dennis Frisch HERE


The insights from this podcast could fundamentally alter your understanding of exercise and pain. Thus it could alter you life.


Accepting suffering

How do you understand pain? How would you define pain? What do you do to avoid pain?

Are there different kinds of pain? Is there such a thing as good pain and bad pain? And what about the epidemic of lower back pain, what should we think of that, and how should we go about addressing it? How do we understand paradoxes such as: Phantom pain? That a boxer can take punches in the ring without it hurting? Why do some people succumb to pain and others don’t? Did you know that a lot of pain is primarily a signal of fear and not a signal of damage? Do you know the terms “danger in me” and “safety in me signals”, and did you know that these concepts are crucial to the degree of suffering you may be experiencing in relation to a certain pain?


In this podcast we pose many questions and answer many of them as we have invited an expert in physical training and keeping yourself fit and motivated into the studio. Dennis Frich is the man in the middle.


Dennis is the man who can teach you how to live with accept and carry through with your life and training pains and all. Dennis is the man who doesn’t shy away from fears and suffering and becoming a better man as a result. That is inspiring. That is why he is sat in the studio right now.


A quick glance at Dennis’ CV reveals 4 years as officer in the Danish army unit of Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art counting among other things an outing with a recon platoon in Afghanistan. Dennis also holds a B.Sc. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Copenhagen. Today Dennis is Head Coach at Anna Bogdanova’s Fitness and personal Training Company placed in the North of Copenhagen and oversees, teaches and supervises all the coaches, about 25 of them, making sure that the fitness and lifestyle coaching is implemented correctly and effectively. In connection with this role Dennis teaches a lot about stress- and pain reduction and issues pertaining to helping clients improve their life style.


In this podcast we:

Curiously find the answer to why something might hurt more when it’s cold.

Arrive at some general conclusions that may be to the benefit of all.

Cover the importance of context in relation to the experience of pain.

Share some research into what works and what doesn’t work in the treatment of pain.

Importantly we look at the role of perception and cognition in the phenomenon of pain. Is the old adage of “making pain your friend” a worthwhile axiom?

Get to know Dennis – a truly remarkable character


Dennis is a solid guy. He is so nice that you can’t help smiling when you meet him. A personable character who has made a living out of his social intelligence combined with an impressive level of personal experience and education in physical fitness, training and coaching.


The mind body issue

The mind and the body are extraordinarily complex on their own, and in order to understand pain we have to delve into the strange connections between the two in relation to pain. Therefore we touch upon physical training regiments, consciousness itself and perceptions – though keeping it so down to earth that the information keep a practical utility about it.


“I spend a lot of time handling pain, because that’s the hardest thing for people generally. Back pain neck pain and migraines. There is a big part of education in neurology that I teach the coaches about. The coaches have many different back grounds so I teach a wide variety of topics in relation to physical training.”


At the end of the whirlwind pod cast we asked Dennis about his personal strengths. What has made him who he is, and what does he himself think about his character strengths?


Dennis’ character virtues or core strengths:


Three top strengths: Curiosity, integrity, self-discipline. We agree that Dennis is a natural coach seeing that he is genuinely curious in people. Also it seems obvious that Dennis have a great sense of self awareness. As Philip pointed out “I would have picked the same strengths out for you also, which equates in a sense to great self awareness. You walk your talk.”


Two strengths that Dennis wants to improve on: Creativity and courage. Dennis is aware that he has become more cautious with age, and considers in our podcast life and death, quality of living and parenthood. Dennis talks about rediscovering creativity and is – in honour of his curiosity – open ended about it.

We warmly recommend this podcast to anyone who is curious as to the understanding of the physiology and psychology of pain.

Thomas and Philip have themselves had a lot of personal experience dealing with physical training and pain, and a lot of experience coaching and treating people with a wide variety of fitness and pain issues.


Podcast with Dennis Frisch HERE