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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