Ep 95 – Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski

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EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 to break out of a globo-gym rut, and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1.  Her enthusiasm and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster positions for the Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting courses, a CF-L4 certification, and a career as Training Program Manager with CrossFit, Inc.

In 2017, EC stepped down from her position at CrossFit to focus on finishing her second master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.  From there, she founded her company, OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals understand nutrition physiology and it’s day-to-day application.  Her website provides educational resources and tools so that individuals may find their own ideal nutrition program. She is also the founder of the #800gChallenge, an inclusive eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods.

EC and I met up in Cleveland to chat about the importance of food quality and quantity, the tips she has to offer to the majority of the population for better nutrition, and to answer listener questions about trending nutrition topics.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • EC’s background and how she became interested in fitness and nutrition
  • Her transition to working for CrossFit Seminar Staff
  • How EC built her nutrition knowledge and experience
  • The founding of OptimizeMe Nutrition
  • The best approach to nutrition for 99% of the population
  • The process EC uses to get clients on the right track
  • Her thoughts on elimination diets
  • The importance of food quality, and her approach to the plant vs. animal debate
  • Tracking macros and finding balance in measuring food quantity
  • EC’s advice for getting your diet back on track after a setback
  • Her take on the ketogenic diet trend
  • The importance of self-experimentation
  • The #800gChallenge
  • The role of supplements in a healthy, whole foods diet
  • Nutrient timing, fasting, and post-workout nutrition
  • EC’s thoughts on sweeteners
  • Her thoughts on how cuts can affect hormones
  • The approach EC recommends for individuals who want to gain mass
  • Her thoughts on eating late at night
  • Her favorite resources to learn more
  • EC’s daily routine
  • The three things EC does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to EC

You can follow EC on Instagram,  and you can follow OptimizeMe Nutrition on Instagram and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

13a – Umahro Cadogan on using functional nutrition to create health
13b – Umahro Cadogan on functional nutrition for athletes and recovery from injury
Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on functional nutrition
Ep 39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 76 – Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Ep 94 – Danica Patrick on Trailblazing and Shifting Gears

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From a young age, I was never put… I wasn’t put on the same platform as just girls, it was everyone.  It wasn’t like, ‘Oh you’re the best girl out there,’ it was, ‘How do you be the best, period,’ and stop worrying about the differences, the small differences or the obvious differences, it’s about how to be the best.  And so, I just feel like that was just kind of ingrained from a young age…  And also, not even just be the best, but, forget it, YOUR best, which could be excessively better than everyone else.  You know what I mean?  Take it to the limit.  Your limit, not someone else’s limit.” – Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick is an athlete, author, television personality, and former professional race car driver who made headlines as the first woman to achieve several landmark victories on the IndyCar circuit and NASCAR.  Over the course of her career, she broke gender barriers and was a vocal proponent of pushing her limits to be the best.

Despite her May 2018 retirement from racing, Danica shows no signs of slowing down.  A long-time CrossFitter, she is shifting her focus to promoting health and wellness, starting with her recently published book Pretty Intense: The 90-Day Mind, Body and Food Plan that will absolutely Change your Life.  Danica is also heavily involved with her wine business, Somnium Wine, and her clothing line, Warrior by Danica Patrick.

I sat down with Danica at the 2018 CrossFit Games to chat about setting new goals after retirement, her experience as a trailblazer, and how she uses a holistic approach to constantly push herself to be her very best.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Danica’s CrossFit Games experience
  • Her retirement from racing
  • The evolution of Danica’s personal fitness and nutrition
  • How CrossFit impacted her racing career
  • Training for longevity and the importance of rest days
  • The importance of personal experimentation
  • The role sleep can play in weight loss
  • Highlights of her racing career and things she looks forward to in retirement
  • The qualities within herself that have allowed her to be a trailblazer
  • Using positive self-talk, and how Danica prevents doubt from creeping in
  • Three things Danica does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she thinks could have a big impact on her health, but that she struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to Danica

You can follow Danica via her website, InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 02b – Dr. Michael Canales on my Achilles injury and pursuing excellence
Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on chasing greatness
Ep 18 – Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury
Ep 51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness
Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance
Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, The Legend
Ep 70 – USA Track & Field Heptathlete Tiffeny Parker on Beating the Odds
Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes

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“You spend your whole life sort of cycling in and out of diets.  I was a football player, I’m the kind of guy who gains weight easily.  I know what it’s like to have to lose weight and be hungry all the time and to eat small portions of food, and now I’m eating enormous portions… and I’m losing weight.  It’s a different phenomenon- trust me…  And it doesn’t seem… There’s no sense of restriction, there’s never any time when I’m hungry.  There’s never any time when I’m not eating large portions of food.  It’s an entirely different phenomenon.  It’s as though my body without carbs, and now with intermittent fasting, works like my lean friends’ bodies work all the time.  It’s just- you take away the carbs… we’re now kind of similar people.” – Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSci.org).  With a background in physics, Taubes brings a unique perspective to scientific journalism, and takes a special interest in investigating so-called “bad science.”  Taubes is the author of several books, including The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It, and Good Calories, Bad Calories.  He is also a contributor to publications such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has won numerous awards for his journalism.  He lectures extensively about why we get fat, sharing his knowledge about the myths surrounding nutrition and how faulty research has led to poor food choices and an obesity epidemic.

I caught up with Gary at the 2018 CrossFit Health Conference to talk about investigating bad science, nutrition misconceptions, and the importance of self-experimentation to determine which type of diet is healthiest for your body.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Gary’s relationship with the CrossFit community
  • The importance of critical thinking and skepticism
  • Gary’s educational background in physics and how he became a journalist investigating bad science
  • How he came to be involved in nutrition
  • The research and writing process for his book, Good Calories, Bad Calories
  • The shift in conventional nutrition wisdom that he’s witnessed over the past 15 years
  • How his Nutrition Science Initiative is working to dispel the misconceptions about by years of faulty research methods
  • Bad science in nutrition and the importance of approaching obesity research without preconceptions
  • How he’s now witnessing that health information is now flowing from the bottom up- patients toward doctors
  • How Gary’s diet has changed over the years
  • Gary’s hypothesis that people physiologically respond to food differently due to different hormonal responses
  • The healthiest way to eat for the general population and the need for self-experimentation
  • The role of carbohydrates for athletes
  • Three things Gary does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he thinks could have a big impact on his health, but that he struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to Gary

You can follow Gary via his website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 13a- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health
Ep 13b- Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury
Ep 16- Pete Katz and his Physician on Using CrossFit and Paleo to Overcome Chronic Disease
Ep 22- Brigid Titgemeier on Functional nutrition
Ep 39- Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo
Ep 44- 5 Tips for New Year Nutrition and The HealthySelf Reset with BeingBrigid
Ep 80- Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease
Ep 88- From Hypocrite to Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Blonsky

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Ep 92 – Bob Harper on Surviving a Heart Attack

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“But I really think one thing I’ve learned during this situation is to not sweat the big things or the little things.  How important it is.  We are so lucky to be here right now.  We are fortunate we have our health.  We’re here.  Don’t get so wrapped up in all the crap.  You know when you look at yourself in the mirror, and you’re like, “oh, if I could lose five more pounds,” or “if I could look more like…” or “if I had Julie’s arms…” Or whatever the case.  Who cares.  None of it, none of it matters. What matters is your friends, your family, the love and support that this community gives us.  I relish it.  That’s why I was so excited to be here because all I want to do is be around CrossFitters because they’re the best people in the world.” -Bob Harper

Bob Harper has an extensive background as fitness trainer and health expert, 3-time New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, and is perhaps best known for his role as the host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. In February 2017, Bob suffered a shocking and near-fatal heart attack while exercising, and has since used his experience as a platform to educate others and to advocate for CPR training and AEDs. Following a slow, physician-supervised recovery process, Bob is back to doing CrossFit workouts with the community he loves. You can find him working out, taking black and white photos, or hanging out with his dogs, Karl and Vivian.

For his second LIVE visit to the Pursuing Health podcast, Bob and I sat down at the 2018 CrossFit Games.  We discussed how his experiences surrounding his heart attack have changed his life, and how he hopes his story can help others.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What it’s like to be a well-known trainer, the picture of health, and suffer a heart attack
  • The symptoms he had leading up to his heart attack
  • His family history and the Lp(a) cholesterol condition that contributed to his attack
  • Bob’s memories from the day of his heart attack
  • The emotions he experienced as he processed the event
  • The support he’s received from the CrossFit community
  • Bob’s physical recovery process and the panic he felt surrounding elevating his heart rate again
  • The changes he’s made to his diet
  • What Bob’s doctors are monitoring post-heart attack
  • The importance of having an established, trusting relationship with your physician
  • How he’s advocating that all gyms have AEDs and CPR certified coaches and members
  • How Bob hopes his story can influence others
  • The importance of knowing your family history
  • The tools Bob used overcome the depression he suffered following his heart attack
  • How he’s currently modifying his workouts
  • Bob’s stance on eating meat vs. veganism
  • The parts of his identity that he’s been able to focus on since his heart attack

You can follow Bob on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.

 


Ep 91 – Mind Over Matter: Improving Performance in Athletics and Beyond with Sports Psychiatrist Dr. MaryEllen Eller

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“And when it comes to mental preparation, it requires the same level of intention as any other training program.  It’s not gonna happen overnight. Being able to shift to that more internal motivation where you’re able to harness that energy when you’re having those bad days- that takes practice.  And it’s not gonna happen naturally.  And so, it’s incredibly important that people… that people develop a plan, that they invest in being intentional, and that they put as much focus on their mental training as they would for their physical training.” – Dr. MaryEllen Eller

A former gymnast-turned sports psychiatrist, MaryEllen Eller, MD, works with athletes to optimize their performance through the development of athlete-specific mental skills training.  Dr. Eller completed her undergraduate education at Andrews University in Michigan prior to attending Loma Linda University for both medical school and residency training in psychiatry. She enjoys specializing in high performance medicine and finds that the principles utilized to improve athletic performance can carry over into day-to-day life, helping individuals excel at work and at home.

I recently caught up with Dr. Eller to talk about how athletes can use a positive mindset to improve their performance, the impact of perfectionism, and the importance of being intentional.

Bio adapted from RxPerfomanceTherapy.com

In this episode we discuss:

  • How MaryEllen’s experiences growing up as a gymnast led to her interest in medicine
  • Her perspective on how the combination of young athletes and a focus on perfection can lead to a culture of fear and anxiety within the sport of gymnastics
  • How negative self-talk impacts our workouts and our daily lives and how one can address that
  • How automatic thoughts are formed and how to become aware of them and re-shape them in a positive way
  • The importance of writing daily goals and praising yourself for small accomplishments
  • How approaching life like a sports performance can lead to excellence
  • The stigma around depression and anxiety, and ways to recognize and actively manage these conditions
  • How to find motivation in day-to-day life and work towards being better every day
  • The importance of investing time and effort into becoming mentally tough and prepared
  • Three things MaryEllen 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 her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to MaryEllen

You can follow MaryEllen via her website, Rx Performance Therapy, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

Links:

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by Dr. David Burns
Performance Enhancement with Dr. MaryEllen Eller

Related Episodes:

Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on chasing greatness
Ep 51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 73 – RISEing to the Occasion with Olympic Swimmers Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni
Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.

 

 


Ep 90 – CrossFit Games GM Justin Bergh: The Man Behind the Magic

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“But I’m really happy that I had that experience of being at the Ranch and understanding culturally what that was.  And it wasn’t lost on me.  I think for a lot of people it was like, ‘Hey, this is fun and exciting,’ and for me, my whole background had been working in sport, in professional sport, and watching these little touring sports get big, watching big touring sports get organized, and going oh my gosh, this thing is…I mean, I used to joke, I was talking to Tony [Budding] a long time ago, and he was like ‘Hey the Games are gonna be really big, they’re gonna have a video display there.’  And I was like, man you guys are sitting on the top of a rocket going, ‘Hey, look at how high we are!’ and I was like, you haven’t even hit the ignition switch yet. I was like, once this starts taking off, it has unlimited potential.” – Justin Bergh

As the General Manager of the CrossFit Games, Justin Bergh is the man behind the scenes, overseeing details large and small to ensure everything comes together at just the right moment to create a phenomenal global fitness festival.  With the help of his CrossFit HQ team and over 800 volunteers, Justin plays an instrumental role in setting the stage to find and crown the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth each year.

A former aspiring major league baseball player, Justin suffered career ending injuries and used that challenge as an opportunity for growth.  After graduating from a sports management program, he found success working for a sports technology company, but ultimately took a leap of faith and opened his own affiliate, CrossFit Southside, in order to pursue his passion of helping others become more fit.

Now a prominent leader within CrossFit HQ, Justin has literally worked his way to the top.  After starting as an affiliate owner, Justin found his way to a role as an intern eventually a member and Flowmaster on the CrossFit Seminar Staff.  As the CrossFit Games grew, Justin was also able to draw on his sports management experience, leading him to his current role as General Manager of the Games.

I recently caught up with Justin to chat about his role as General Manager and to get a peek behind the curtains at what it takes to produce the most anticipated CrossFit event of the year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What Justin’s day-to-day schedule is like as the CrossFit Games event approaches
  • His athletic background and how he found CrossFit
  • The lessons Justin learned from multiple injuries as he pursued a dream of playing professional baseball
  • The path to opening his own affiliate
  • How Justin came to be involved with CrossFit HQ and the CrossFit Games
  • The growth and evolution of the CrossFit Games
  • The challenges of planning a competition for a constantly varied sport
  • How fantastic it is that a broad awareness of CrossFit is spreading, especially in a world dominated by screens
  • The structure of the Games production team
  • The scope of the volunteer component of the Games
  • The rehearsal process for preparing for events
  • The role of the CrossFit Demo team
  • What it’s like to work with Dave Castro on creating the Games
  • The most challenging and rewarding parts of Justin’s job
  • His excitement to be presenting the Games in Madison
  • How the CrossFit Games team decides which companies to partner with
  • The process to ensure a fair competition by testing for banned substances
  • Justin’s daily routine
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing that Justin thinks would have a big impact on his health but he struggles to implement
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Justin on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:
Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and quality of life and longevity
Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on teaching CrossFit, judging at the CrossFit Games, and garage gym training
Ep 29 – Dave Castro on applying lessons learned as a SEAL, his daily routine, and directing the CrossFit Games
Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, The Legend
Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host
Ep 85 – Back on Track with Carleen Mathews
Ep 87 – Stacie Tovar: From Legendary Competitor to Thriving Coach

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Ep 88 – From Hypocrite to Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Blonsky

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“And then in clinicals, I’m actually seeing people who are suffering from complications of obesity.  I remember seeing a patient whose BMI was I think 34 or 35, and they’re like she’s obese.  And all I can think is my BMI is 43, and I’m like…  I can’t do this.  And, as I’m going through and seeing patients in clinic as a medical student, “Well, you need to watch what you eat, and you try to exercise,” and the only thing I can think about is, “I sound like such a hypocrite.” All you have to do is look at me and obviously I don’t do any of these things.” – Dr. Rebecca Blonsky

As a young medical student, Rebecca Blonsky was morbidly obese, weighing over 320 pounds at her heaviest.  Growing up as an overweight child more interested in music and debate than athletics, Rebecca had long-struggled with her weight, but had never found the impetus to make a lasting change.

That all shifted when she started seeing patients as an upper level medical student.  Rebecca felt like a hypocrite when counseling her patients on making healthy lifestyle choices to manage their weight and medical conditions while she herself was on the road to diabetes and heart disease. By taking baby steps and making small, manageable changes to her diet and exercise routine, Rebecca has lost more than 150 pounds and now uses nutrition and exercise as a first-line approach when working with patients as a nephrologist.  Today she is an active CrossFit athlete preparing to take on her next challenge as an attending physician at Marshfield Clinic, the same place where her health journey began.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Julie and Rebecca met
  • Rebecca’s childhood and personal health journey
  • What attracted Rebecca to nephrology
  • Rebecca’s struggle to educate patients on obesity when she herself was morbidly obese
  • How she started her weight loss journey and how she uses her experience to encourage her patients
  • Rebecca’s realization that she lacked strength despite having improved her endurance
  • Her introduction to CrossFit
  • How she encourages her patients to find a form of exercise they love
  • The realization that the need to be “in shape to start” is false, and the advice she gives to people who are nervous
  • How Rebecca uses her weight loss journey to help her patients
  • What encouraged Rebecca to continue with her healthy lifestyle
  • How CrossFit and her healthy lifestyle has influenced Rebecca as a physician
  • The importance of educating patients on how they can control their own health before prescribing medication
  • Rebecca’s experience with talking about CrossFit among her medical peers
  • Using diet and exercise to slow the progression of kidney disease
  • How Rebecca realized she had the power to influence her own health markers and risk factors
  • Her advice on how you can help friends, coworkers, and loved ones start their journey to health
  • Three things Rebecca 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 her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Rebecca

Links:

Related Episodes:

16 – Pete Katz and his physician on using CrossFit and Paleo to overcome chronic disease

Ep 31 – Robert Porter and his Coach, Patrick Flannery on Losing 90 Pounds with CrossFit and Finding the Right Community For You

Ep 33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

Ep 44 – 5 Trips for New Year Nutrition and The Healthy Self Reset with ‘BeingBrigid

Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence

Ep 69- From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

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This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to recieve an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your order + a free order of bacon!

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.


Ep 89 – No Slowing Down: Two-Time 60+ Fittest Man on Earth Dave Hippensteel

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“I’ve always had trouble with the whole… I always never wanted to age.  You know, I like Neverland, and, growing up, it’s like, I’m just a kid at heart still, and just super excited about life, and I just wanted to be that way.  And so, CrossFit has kind of given me a second wind, because it’s like wow, I can still do things at age 60 that keep me young and give me goals and competition, and so, it’s eased the pain of aging.” – Dave Hippensteel

Since starting CrossFit in 2012, Dave Hippensteel has dominated the CrossFit Masters scene, rising quickly from winning the 2013 Open in the 55-59 division to standing atop the podium as the Fittest Man on Earth in the 60+ age division at the 2016 and 2017 CrossFit Games. This year, Dave will make his sixth CrossFit Games appearance as he heads back to Madison to defend his title.

An athlete from a young age, Dave has pursued a variety of sports, from football to track & field, motocross and triathlons.  A proud father of 4, Dave’s love of fitness has rubbed off on his children- in fact, it was his daughter, Heather, who introduced him to CrossFit!  As a full-time dentist running two practices while training as world-class athlete, Dave brings a unique perspective to the table.

We recently sat down to chat about how his training as a Master’s athlete differs from that of his younger competitors, what Dave is doing to protect his health and longevity in the sport, and what advice he has for his peers seeking lifelong health.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Dave’s athletic background in the decades prior to CrossFit
  • His introduction to CrossFit, and when he realized he wanted to pursue it as a competitive sport
  • The process to opening his own affiliate and the challenge of balancing that with practicing dentistry and training for the Games
  • How Dave balances working full-time with Games training, and how CrossFit helps him manage his work stress in a healthy way
  • What it’s like to train with athletes half his age
  • How Dave’s CrossFit training has evolved over the years
  • How paying attention to his heart rate variability and sleep using WHOOP has improved Dave’s recovery
  • What steps Dave takes that might differ from a younger athlete to help prevent injuries and overtraining
  • How his nutrition has evolved as he moved from triathlons to CrossFit, and how he now uses Inside Tracker to dial his nutrition in even further
  • The supplements Dave uses
  • His advice to other aspiring Masters competitors
  • How he’s approaching being in an age division that has no cap
  • His advice to masters-aged individuals who are intimidated to start CrossFit
  • Dave’s daily routine
  • How Dave uses functional medicine to monitor his own health, how he relates it to dentistry
  • How fitness is a family affair for the Hippensteels
  • Three things Dave 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 Dave

You can follow Dave on Instagram, and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master
Ep 61 – Ron Ortiz on fighting fires and raising the bar with age
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

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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.


Ep 87 – Stacie Tovar: From Legendary Competitor to Thriving Coach

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“Having a husband as a business owner, it’s literally all we do. It’s all we think about, and whereas before, when we weren’t owning the gym, I cared about it.  I really cared about it, but I wasn’t nearly as involved.  And then when we owned it and I was still training, knowing what Dustin was doing every day, just so I could do my thing, and what my coaches were doing every day just so I could do my thing, and what my community was doing in support of me… we talked about being selfish… oh man… you know, that just blows my mind.  So yeah, I’m heavily invested, and I want things to just be done really well.  And I want the quality of life of everyone to improve, and It’s my responsibility to do that… and program, and coach, and lead my coaches to make that happen, so… there’s a lot of work.” – Stacie Tovar

With more Games appearances under her belt than almost any other athlete, eight-time individual CrossFit Games competitor Stacie Tovar eloquently left her shoes on the floor and stepped away from competition at the 2017 CrossFit Games.  A former collegiate volleyball player, Tovar was introduced to CrossFit by her now-husband in 2008, and by 2009 she was competing in her first Games and making big lifestyle changes to support her goal of becoming the Fittest on Earth.  Throughout her career, she was celebrated for her drive, her tenacity, and for redefining Beauty Beyond Strength.

Now enjoying the next phase of her career, Stacie has shifted her focus to owning and running her affiliate, CrossFit Omaha.  She is actively working to improve corporate wellness, and she is a fitness expert for the Omaha World-Herald’s health and fitness website, Live Well Nebraska.

I caught up with Stacie at the 2018 Central Regionals in Nashville, where she was coaching individual athlete Josiah Naig and Team CrossFit Omaha.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Stacie’s decision to decline her invitation to Regionals
  • Why the timing was right to step away from competition
  • What she’s enjoying now that she’s retired
  • Her favorite competition memories
  • What’s on the horizon for Stacie
  • Stacie’s experience writing for the Omaha World-Herald
  • Her goals and mission, and how they haven’t changed since retiring
  • Her plans to start a family
  • How Stacie structures her training and what keeps her motivated
  • What it’s been like to coach Regionals competitors and how she’s using her experience as a competitor to mentor her athletes
  • What a typical day looks like for Stacie
  • Why being an affiliate owner is harder than she imagined
  • Stacie’s turning point from being the life of the party to dedicating her focus to fitness
  • Three things Stacie 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 her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Stacie on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 18 – Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury

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

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

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

Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, the Legend

Ep 68 – Pat and Taz Barber on CrossFit, Coaching, and Kids

Ep 72 – Finding Balance with Two-time Third Fittest Man Patrick Vellner

Ep 74 – Brooke Wells & Jessica Griffith on Forging Friendships & Striking a Balance

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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.


Ep 86 – James Maskell on Fighting Chronic Disease with Community-Based Healthcare

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“A transparent system by which people come together to share their cost is the way that things will be done in the future, and ultimately we’re trying to get to that future.  And what the pool will be made up of at that time in the future, who knows…Incentivizing people to help each other is an evolutionary priority.  You know that from CrossFit or otherwise, and… again, as I said earlier, if you look at the solutions that have been most successful at getting people healthy and keeping people healthy, it’s community-based solutions.”  – James Maskell

James Maskell has spent the past decade encouraging a shift away from conventional western medicine and toward a wellness-centered, functional medicine model. To that end, he created Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference.

He’s also the founder of the Evolution of Medicine, a community e-commerce platform that provides highly curated and customized resources, tools, products, and services, making it easier and more affordable for conventional doctors to embark on a new way of delivering healthcare. James lectures internationally, and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, and contributor to Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute.

In his second visit to Pursuing Health, I was excited to talk with James about his most recent project, a health cooperative called kNew Health and his upcoming kNew Vision Tour, both of which are poised to fight chronic disease through prevention and by using functional & integrative medicine.

(Bio adapted from goEvomed.com and FunctionalForum.com)

In this episode we discuss:

  • The best way to showcase what is going on with health systems in America
  • The driver for James’s book, The Evolution of Medicine, and what he’s seen it accomplish
  • How James hopes to increase the number of doctors interested in integrative and functional medicine
  • How having a micro-practice is currently the best way to practice integrative and functional medicine, and how getting started can have low overhead, which in a way parallels the CrossFit affiliate model
  • How James envisions the functional medicine movement taking over despite the current shortage of primary care physicians
  • The importance of addressing healthcare for people who do not have acute conditions but may be in danger of developing chronic disease
  • Using nurses, health coaches, and caregivers other than doctors to promote health and provide preventative healthcare
  • Incentivizing health in a way that drives patient engagement and community support
  • The history behind James’s new health cooperative, kNew Health
  • How kNew Health helps individuals keep their healthcare costs down
  • How kNew Health uses an open ledger to prevent fraud
  • James’s goal of creating a resilient pool of healthy individuals so that all different types of health risks can be accepted
  • What his kNew Vision Tour will encompass and how it will encourage people to take control of their own healthcare
  • How James intends to change the American healthcare model and set an example for the world of an effective chronic disease healthcare model

LEARN MORE about James’ kNew Vision for Healthcare HERE.

You can keep up with James and his work via the kNew Health website, and you can learn more about the kNew Vision Tour here.  You can also check out The Evolution of Medicine podcast. Follow James on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

James’s books are also available for download:

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community
Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 66 – Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove on Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Persistence
Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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.


Ep 85 – Back on Track with Carleen Mathews

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“When I have a barbell in my hand, I’m not looking at any flaws. I’m looking at how… I’m seeing how strong I am, and all my focus is [on] putting that bar over my head or getting that bar to my shoulders…And I think that that’s the cool part about CrossFit. It just allows you to be empowered by what your body can do, as opposed to what it looks like.” – Carleen Mathews

Three-time Games athlete and owner of CrossFit St. Helens, Carleen Mathews isn’t your typical CrossFit Games competitor.  A former collegiate softball player, when Carleen’s athletic career came to a close she found herself struggling first with an eating disorder and then with alcohol and substance abuse.

With the help of therapy, her family, and CrossFit, Carleen overcame her addictions and self-destructive habits to return to competition, this time in a new sport.  Since 2012, she has steadily risen amongst the ranks, progressing from a Regionals athlete to a multi-year CrossFit Games competitor.  In 2017, she won the West Regional, but suffered an injury that forced her to withdrawal from the CrossFit Games on the first day of competition.  For 2018, she is back on track, with her sights set on a top finish at Regionals and another trip to Madison.

I caught up with Carleen to learn about her journey from athlete to addiction and back, how her body image has changed since starting CrossFit, and her advice for helping others who may be suffering from an eating disorder or substance abuse.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Carleen got into softball as a child, and her recent induction into the Longview Girls Softball Association Hall of Fame
  • The identity crisis she went through at the end of her softball career and how that led to disordered eating, and later drug and alcohol abuse
  • Carleen’s experience using fitness to facilitate recovery for youth in an alcohol and drug treatment facility, while abusing alcohol herself
  • How, after her softball career ended, Carleen turned her competitive focus to the scale and her appearance
  • What her days and thoughts were like while her eating disorder was at its peak
  • The best way to help a loved one dealing with an eating disorder
  • How Carleen swapped her eating disorder for substance abuse
  • How treatment and a nutrition coach provide the support she needs to stay on the right track
  • What made Carleen realize she had an alcohol problem
  • How CrossFit helped Carleen mend an unhealthy relationship with exercise and food
  • Her path to becoming a CrossFit competitor, her evolution as an athlete, and how progress motivates her
  • How CrossFit has changed Carleen’s body image and relationship with food
  • How a bulging disc impacted her 2017 Games performance and what her recovery process has been like
  • What a typical day looks like for Carleen
  • Three things she 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 her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Carleen on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image
Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on how CrossFit helped her to overcome eating disorders and depression
Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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.


Ep 84 – Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron

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“Having said that, every day we’re chasing excellence.  We’re trying to make it better every single day.  So, I love that differentiation between… Because I think people hear excellence and they think that, like, we have to be the best, we have to be perfect, we have to be everything.  It’s not that at all.  It’s about how to know how to move the needle every day towards [perfection].  And if you’re doing that, that to me is excellence.” – Ben Bergeron

Ben Bergeron is the owner of CrossFit New England and has coached numerous CrossFit Games athletes including champions in 5 different categories (male and female individual, male and female masters, and team). He publishes programming for competitors for free through CompTrain which is followed by thousands of athletes around the world, and coaches Masters athletes through CompTrain Masters. Ben is well recognized in the CrossFit community for opening 3 successful affiliates (CrossFit New England and Tilt I and II), and he shares his best practices for affiliate excellence in seminars and immersion experiences for affiliate owners.  He is also the author of the best-selling book, Chasing Excellence, a handbook on how to achieve greatness in your career, relationships, and life through mental toughness, character, and the process.

I caught up with Ben to chat about his book and to learn more about how we can all take the principles he uses with his athletes and apply them to our everyday lives.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How the idea for Ben’s book, Chasing Excellence, came about
  • How Ben found the time to write amongst his other commitments
  • How the book morphed from strictly a book on mindset focus into a more engaging behind-the-scene story of the 2016 CrossFit Games
  • How Ben developed the hierarchy he uses for coaching athletes: person, process, ability, strategy
  • How Ben focuses on strategy, ability, outside influences, and character with his athletes
  • What Ben looks for in an athlete
  • How working with his team, CrossFit New England, was the beginning of developing his coaching hierarchy
  • How Ben takes his coaching concepts and emphasis on the process and character traits and applies them to regular daily life
  • Why CrossFit New England’s mission is to create humble, hungry, happy people
  • The difference between reacting and responding
  • What is mental toughness
  • How the unknown and unknowable tests from the CrossFit Games select for the most physically and mentally dominant athlete
  • Joe Friel’s quote, “Think like a bumble bee, train like a race horse,” and the theory behind it
  • How removing a self-defeatist attitude can open doors to so many more possibilities
  • The difference between practice and deliberate practice, training and competing
  • The importance of passion and purpose and why it’s crucial to maintaining long periods of deliberate practice and training
  • The importance of the “why” behind your sport
  • The difference between perfection and excellence
  • What it means to chase excellence, and what excellence means to Ben
  • What Ben thinks is the biggest thing that holds people back from chasing excellence
  • What kind of reflections Ben has on the 2017 Games season, and what he’s taking into the 2018 season
  • What Ben is currently working on that he’s most excited about

You can keep up with Ben on his website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit
Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion
Ep 73 – RISEing to the Occasion with Olympic Swimmers Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni
Ep 77 – Austin Malleolo on CrossFit and Corporate Culture

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 #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWODDo you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|Wod’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. Join hundreds of Olympic and World Class athletes, College and Professional Teams in the NFL, MLB, Basketball, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer by using MobilityWOD to train and compete at your best.  Visit www.mobilitywod.com to receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain free and paleo-friendly tortillas or tortilla chips yourself and use code Julie for 10% off your order.

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.