Student of the Game: Josh Hash

Nolan Smith Josh Hash Podcast

In the second episode of the Student of the Game podcast, Nolan invites Josh Hash, the founder of Strength Side to discuss how he got started as a trainer, the importance of consistency, matching your lifestyle to your career, overcoming self-doubt, and the value of having a coach.

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Show Notes:


0:32 - How Nolan discovered Josh and his content


2:40 - The main message is using physical practice and what you do with your body to help fuel self-growth… “the thing is bigger than the thing”

  • What are you doing currently that is pushing you past your limits


4:30 - Role that basketball has played in Josh’s life

  • Played 3 sports in high school and played basketball in college
  • Enjoyed the process of becoming better at basketball and putting in the work
  • Finding his love of learning and having a “coach”  


7:33 - Importance of consistency 

  • Posting a video a week on YouTube consistently for 4 years
  • First 3 years still not having an audience
  • As Josh grew as a leader and in self-growth so did the channel
  • Still trying to grow and learn 


12:20 - Reaching 250k YouTube subscribers

  • A year ago at the same time being at 50k subscribers
  • Reaching 15k subscribers around year 3
  • You can make a living on youtube with a much smaller following 
  • Wishing he would have focused on Strengthside fulltime earlier rather than having it be his “side project”


15:40 - Going Viral, what was different about the video 

  • Instead of acting like an expert, he came from a place of being himself and people responded well to that
  • Decided to make his ideal audience the younger version of himself 


22:22 - Matching your lifestyle with your career

  • The influence traveling played in changing his lifestyle
  • Not being able to go to the gym while traveling taught him how to lift in other ways and 
  • Becoming more of a minimalist


31:40 - Diving deep into your passions

  • Committing is the key


34:15 - Josh’s daily routine

  • Every morning he meditates outdoors to get in a place where he’s inspired, he has a cup of coffee and journals to get into the right headspace followed by some movement
  • Winning the morning 


43:00 - Technology and being more connected than ever

44:30 - Social media, the great experiment of our generation 

  • Device addiction
  • How Josh handles his social media usage
  • The balance of using it and having someone else manage it
  • The best ideas come away from devices


53:00 - How Nolan’s fascination with growth fits into the hip-hop industry


56:25 - Josh and Nolan’s appreciation for Big Sean and how he intertwines self-growth into his art


1:03:00 - Navigating collaborations in the music industry

  • The simplest way to go about it is artist to artist 
  • Best way to do it is growing genuine relationships


1:07:15 - Creating what you know will be successful vs creating what you want to share

  • The difference between going wide with an audience or going deep with an audience
  • Perception is reality… once you hit it big once everyone expects it to keep happening even if it’s not what you necessarily want to do 
  • Developing that cult following 


1:12:47 - What is your favorite failure?

  • Josh used to have a youtube channel when he was in college where he would vlog his workouts called “Ball so Hard FItness”
  • Realizing now it was a creative outlet
  • The realization that once he was more aged as a person he could do this


1:20:00 - How to get over self-doubt

  • It never goes away but you train that skill of sidestepping that self-doubt
  • It’s like a muscle that you need to train
  • “Fake it till you make it”


1:21:40 - Advice to other YouTubers and the critics

  • One negative content at times can outweigh a thousand positive comments
  • When someone is willing to reach out negatively, they aren’t in a good place, so the best practice is to just show love and compassion
  • How you handle it is also a reflection of the place you’re in


1:25:51 - How the pandemic has affected KYLE’s album plans


1:30:36 - Things Josh has going on

  • Lately, a lot of follow-along content to help people workout during these unprecedented times
  • Move Strong Now Program, which is a 90-day strength and mobility program


1:35:00 - Advice for others who have fitness goals

  • Write down a goal and list your “because”, list the reason why you want it and through this, you enter an interesting territory of finding out what you’re really looking for 
  • ex: wanting bigger biceps may stem to just wanting more self-worth, which you can find through other means


1:36:00 - Goal setting practices

  • Recommend looking into Jordan Peterson’s course on goal setting 
  • It’s the practice on getting more clarity of what you may actually want


1:38:00 - Needing a coach

  • There are people out there who have done what you want to and they can help you get there sop much quicker than on your own
  • Having that objective point of view is so important 
  • It’s important to have coaches in various aspects of your life 
  • Investing in yourself is putting really good energy in the world


1:41:20 - Coach vs mentor

  • A coach is being paid whereas a mentor donates their time
  • Showing interest and willingness to learn is a great way of getting a mentor


1:59:00 - Nolan’s relationship with Mac Miller

  • Started off as an intern on the Mac Miller tour with Pac Div
  • This inspired Nolan to take management seriously
  • Running into Mac Miller a couple of weeks before his passing 
  • Gave Nolan the opportunity to thank Mac Miller
  • Testament of giving people flowers while they can smell them

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