08 – Chris Hinshaw on regaining functionality and endurance coaching and programming for the CrossFit community

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Chris Hinshaw has an extensive endurance background as an all-american swimmer and professional triathlete with multiple podium finishes at the Ironman World Championships. 
 
Chris started CrossFit about 6 years ago as a way to regain his own functionality, and he has done an amazing job of bringing his extensive knowledge and coaching abilities from the endurance world into CrossFit.  
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With Coach Chris at a training camp in Cookeville, TN with CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
 
He is the head coach for the NorCal CrossFit Endurance program which has 50+ members. He also shares his methodology in his aerobic capacity seminar and through online programming for individuals and gyms at aerobiccapacity.com where he has over 400 members. He coached and/or programmed for multiple teams and individuals at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games including CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, UTE CrossFit, NorCal CrossFit, and Kinnick. He personally coaches 23 games individual athletes, including 4 individual podium finishers at the 2015 CrossFit Games, and 9 podium finishers within the past 3 years. He also dedicates time working with adaptive athletes such as Stephanie Hammerman and Kevin Ogar.
 
In this episode, we sit down to discuss:
  • Chris’s career as a world-class Ironman triathlete and what his training was like for nearly a decade
  • How he discovered CrossFit and its impact on his life and health
  • Bringing CrossFit to the endurance community and vice versa
  • How he assesses an athlete’s aerobic capacity needs
  • Our experience working together this year and how he helped me to reach my 400m TT PR milestone
  • How he manages coaching and programming for so many athletes
  • What drives him to help make athletes better through his endurance programming and coaching
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
You can learn more about Chris through his Aerobic Capacity Specialty Seminars, his website with online programming, Instagram, or the CrossFit Journal video below:

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07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

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*I apologize for the poor audio quality, we had some technical difficulties on this one* :)
Dr. Mark Hyman is the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Director of the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also an 8-time New York Times bestselling author. He is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He works every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.
 
I first met Dr. Hyman at the Cleveland Clinic where I attend medical school. I had become frustrated with certain aspects of medicine during my early medical training, but the more I learn about Functional Medicine, the more I believe this is the medicine of the future. From my vantage point, Functional Medicine is creating a revolution in medicine much like CrossFit has in fitness.  
 
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Hyman to discuss:
  • What is Functional Medicine?
  • How Dr. Hyman found Functional Medicine and why he started practicing medicine this way
  • His view of the future of medicine
  • What he is working on at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine 
  • His experience volunteering with Partners in Health in Haiti and the importance of community in creating health
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday!