29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games

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Dave Castro knew he wanted to become a Navy SEAL before graduating from high school, and it wasn’t long after that he enlisted in the Navy, graduated from BUD/S and began his service as a SEAL from 1998-2010. In 2005, he first caught wind of CrossFit and started following CrossFit.com to support his training. By 2006 he had begun training at the original CrossFit HQ affiliate in Santa Cruz, CA and was soon helping out at Level 1 seminars. The following year, he hosted the first ever CrossFit Games competition at his family’s Ranch in Aromas, CA. Since that time, the CrossFit Games competition has grown exponentially into a professional sport under Dave’s direction, and this year marks the 10th season of competition in CrossFit Games history. Now Dave serves as the Director of the CrossFit Games and Co-Director of Training alongside Nicole Carroll. I was excited to sit down with Dave to discuss what drives him, how he continues to use his SEAL training today, and his approach to programming and directing the Games. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His thoughts on the 2016 Regional Competition
  • His approach to programming events for various levels of CrossFit Games competition
  • How he uses inspiration from art, music, literature, and other sports to inspire CrossFit Games events
  • His daily routine
  • His experience dropping in to every affiliate in San Diego county this year
  • His current training regimen
  • What inspired him to become a Navy SEAL
  • How he applies lessons and skills learned as a SEAL to his position as a leader within CrossFit
  • How he found closure as a SEAL and transitioned out of the military and into his full time role with CrossFit HQ
  • What drives him to make the CrossFit Games competition the best it can possibly be
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • The books he’s read most recently
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • How he distinguishes health from performance
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can learn more about Dave by following him on Instagram, The CrossFit Games website, or by watching the video below:

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

28 – James Hobart on teaching, competing, and the real purpose of CrossFit

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James Hobart found CrossFit in 2007, and over the past decade he has served the CrossFit community through a variety of different roles. James joined CrossFit’s Seminar Staff in 2010 while at Suffolk Law School and graduated with his JD shortly thereafter in 2011. After working for Reebok‘s Fitness and Training team from 2011-2013 during the early years of the CrossFit partnership, James took a full-time role on Seminar Staff and has since traveled the world teaching CrossFit and meeting the community. In the midst of these responsibilities, James has also developed into one of the top CrossFit Games athletes in the world, competing at the Games as an individual in 2009, 2010, and 2014 and on both the CrossFit New England and CrossFit Mayhem Freedom affiliate teams, winning the Affiliate Cup with each. James is notorious for training with some of the best CrossFit Games athletes including Austin Malleolo, Spencer Hendel, and Rich Froning. I was excited to sit down with James in the midst of the 2016 CrossFit Games Regional season to hear his perspective on teaching and competing in CrossFit and his relentless drive to make himself and those around him better.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he found CrossFit
  • His transition from using CrossFit for personal health while in law school to making it into a full-time career
  • His experience teaching CrossFit seminars all over the world and the lessons he’s learned from that role
  • His evolution as a competitor both individually and on two separate winning teams at the CrossFit Games
  • His recent CrossFit Journal article on training volume and what inspired him to write it
  • Watching his mom start CrossFit at age 54
  • His best advice for introducing CrossFit to a friend or family member
  • His best advice to someone who is just starting CrossFit
  • How and why he seeks out training partners such as Austin Malleolo and Rich Froning
  • 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 James by following him on Instagram or Twitter, or by watching the video below:

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 

 

 






27 – Adrian Bozman on teaching CrossFit, judging at the CrossFit Games, and garage gym training

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Adrian Bozman, known to many as “Boz,” has been a staple figure in the CrossFit community for nearly the past decade. Coming from a well-rounded fitness background that even included circus training, CrossFit was a natural transition. After attending his Level 1 Seminar, Boz started helping out the seminar staff and eventually found himself traveling the world teaching the philosophy and methodology of CrossFit as a Seminar Staff Flowmaster. Boz is also well-known as Head Judge of The CrossFit Games and has played a large role in the development of the standards and judging of this still very young and evolving sport. I was excited to sit down with Boz to find out more about his background, experiences, and perspectives from his very unique vantage point within the CrossFit community.

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Training at CrossFit HQ with Boz and James Hobart

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How he found CrossFit and eventually his role as a flowmaster on seminar staff
  • What he loves about teaching and the Level 1 Seminar
  • How he evolved into the role of Head Judge at the CrossFit Games
  • How the judging has evolved at the CrossFit Games and how he addresses controversy in judging
  • His recent “Ro vs. Boz” win in the 2016 Open and how that experience has evolved over the years
  • What he loves most about training in his garage gym
  • The essential equipment to start with for building a garage gym
  • His background before starting CrossFit
  • 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 follow Adrian on Instagram and throughout The CrossFit Games season.

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.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.