49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

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“I go into the gym and now I have a group of people that I train with. I have my brothers, I have my family, I have this community around me. That’s what it is really all about. You have to enjoy it, you have to be a good person, you have to take care of people around you, and treat people well.” – Ben Smith

Ben was an avid baseball player growing up and was introduced to CrossFit during his senior in High School in 2008. As a self-instructed athlete, he has had eight appearances at the CrossFit Games, finishing on the podium four times and finally winning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” in 2015. Ben Smith has a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and is the founder and co-owner of his affiliate CrossFit Krypton where he also serves as lead programmer and coach. His personal philosophy is that through hard work and dedication anything is possible. We sat down at the 2017 Reebok Athlete Summit to catch up on his life and career as a CrossFit Games athlete.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Ben’s background playing sports from his youth through college
  • How he found CrossFit
  • Owning and running his affiliate, CrossFit Krypton
  • The CrossFit Games from 2009 to now
  • What motivates him to train year after year
  • How his training and goals changed after winning the Games in 2015
  • The benefits of playing other sports
  • A typical day in Ben’s life
  • Three things Ben 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 Ben’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ben at CrossFit Krypton or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also check out his training program The Ben Smith Blueprint on Beyond The Whiteboard.

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05 – Men of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team – Matt Chan, Paul Tremblay, and Zach Forrest

29 – Dave Castro on Applying Lessons Learned as a SEAL, His Daily Routine, and Directing the Reebok CrossFit Games

41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

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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.


48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

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“This is why I love fitness and health. It does not live in the gym. What we do, what we take on mentally in a workout that scares us translates in our lives. It translates in our courage out there.” – Jen Widerstrom

Jen grew up outside of Chicago and competed in gymnastics growing up. She then transitioned to track and field and competed in throws for the University of Kansas. From there, she started fitness modeling and eventually fell in love with training others. She appeared on American Gladiators in 2008 and she has been a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser since 2015. She’s also been doing CrossFit since 2012 and made appearances on the CrossFit Horsepower Regional team in 2013 and 2014. We caught up for a workout at CrossFit Horsepower while I was in town recently and although this was only the second time I’ve been around Jen in person, she is incredibly down to earth, genuine and easy to get to know as I’m sure you’ll hear in this episode.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Her childhood growing up outside of Chicago, and being a college athlete at the University of Kansas
  • Her introduction into CrossFit
  • Training for health versus training for fitness and competition
  • Losing her identity after college athletics and her path to eventually finding her passion and purpose
  • Why it took her three tries before being hired for The Biggest Loser
  • Why she loves coaching and training others
  • The impetus behind her new book, Diet Right For Your Personality Type
  • How different personality types approach behavior change
  • What Jen and Julie’s personality types are
  • Three things Jen does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Jen’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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        Post-workout at CrossFit Horsepower

You can follow Jen at her website or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Snapchat at @JenWiderstrom.

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28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear 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.