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

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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5 Responses to “08 – Chris Hinshaw on regaining functionality and endurance coaching and programming for the CrossFit community”

  1. Sarah Rowley

    I absolutely love your podcasts! Two questions. I was wondering if you could talk about how you hope to implement functional medicine on a day to day, visit to visit basis with the patients you will see in family medicine in the future. I was also wondering if you could discuss the research you are doing in med school and as well as how you hope to use what you find through this research in the future! From a CrossFit lover and undergrad aspiring to be physician, I want to thank you for all the wonderful perspectives on health you have been able to give thus far on your podcast!!

  2. The Chen

    Great episode! I have a question for your next one. How do you raise your mental game? I think that is my biggest weakness, specially because I cannot get in the zone constantly. Some days I feel unstoppable ad locked in, and others I just cannot mute all the thoughts of doubt, pain, lack of air…
    I also would like to hear more about functional medicine, perhaps another full episode about it? It is a fascinating subject!
    You are doing great job with your podcast. Keep it up!

  3. Nathan Boles

    Great podcasts. Question for your QandA podcast: How do you get better at short, burst workouts such as Fran, Diane, Elizabeth, etc?

  4. Joe

    Would love to see the guys from Romwod on your next podcast, I started it about 6 months ago and it has been the biggest improvement in my training to date. I think a lot of average crossfitters like myself don’t focus on there range of motion as much as we should. Keep the podcasts going great job!

  5. Jeff

    Q/A Question

    I get the impression that medicine as a whole is a relatively traditional field, especially on the academic side. For example, an undergrad nutrition class might teach a low dietary cholesterol, low fat diet citing the seven countries study, but then never mention the work of John Yudkin, et. al. surrounding high fat/low sugar diets. How do you reconcile what your textbooks say with the non traditional beliefs you’ve picked up surrounding fitness and nutrition? Or is Lerner a progressive environment and you don’t have that conflict?


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