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.




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