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

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“The strongest thing a coach can have is a high level of emotional intelligence. So the ability to connect with people and see what they need and where they’re currently at. Whether it be where they’re currently at in life, or where they’re currently at in their progression through a movement, the ability to feel and sense the subtlety of human emotion is hands down the most important quality a coach can have.” – Pat Barber

Pat Barber found CrossFit while playing competitive high school volleyball, and was one of the few fortunate enough to train under Coach Greg Glassman at the original CrossFit gym. He began working for CrossFit as a video editor in those early days, and later as a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff. Taz Barber also became a trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff after earning her BSc in Sports Science and BA in Psychology at the University of Auckland and opening the first ever CrossFit affiliate in New Zealand. Together, this power couple has had more than 10 CrossFit Games appearances, both as individuals and as members of various teams. They each served as the Head of Coaching Development at NC Fit prior to turning their full attention to running Warm Up and Workout together and raising their two young boys.

I caught up with the Barbers at their home in Santa Cruz, CA to talk about their history, what drives them to do what they do, and some of the biggest lessons they’ve learned along the way (hint: many of them come from being parents!).

In this episode we discuss:

  • Taz’s athletic background, finding CrossFit and starting an affiliate
  • Pat’s athletic background, collegiate sports and finding CrossFit through high school volleyball
  • The Glassmans, CrossFit Santa Cruz and the growth of CrossFit
  • Pat and the early days of CrossFit media
  • Taz’s natural competitive spirit and training for CrossFit competitions
  • How Pat and Taz met
  • Pat’s move to New Zealand
  • Their decision to move back to states, marriage and settling down
  • Working at NorCal CrossFit, and fostering coaching talent
  • Pat and Taz’s marriage and learning from their kids
  • Competing in the CrossFit Games individually and on teams
  • Pat and Taz on coaching, programming and continuing education
  • A day in the life of Pat and Taz
  • Three things Pat and Taz do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Pat and Taz

You can find Pat and Taz Barber’s session plans on Warmup and Workout and at Beyond the Whiteboard. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on Teaching CrossFit, Judging at the CrossFit Games, and Garage Gym Training

Ep 45 – Dan Bailey on Moving West, Training for 2017 and Danny Broflex

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

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 MobilityWOD. Do 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 receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also 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. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all. 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 purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: Do you have kids? Or maybe a pet? What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from taking care of someone who depends on you? How do you apply these lessons elsewhere in your life?


Ep 67 – Sobriety Through CrossFit: Brian Reap’s Story

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“My dog won’t release the twig in his mouth unless I offer him a huge branch. Alcohol was my twig. CrossFit and recovery is my branch.” Sobriety WOD

After finding early success as a young champion competitive freestyle skier, Brian Reap fell into to drugs and alcohol after an injury. Addiction had a strong grip on him for many years, and he eventually found himself in Federal prison facing a 5-10 year sentence. It was through CrossFit that Brian was given a second chance – he found his way out of prison with a new passion and purpose in life. Today, Brian is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and member of CrossFit Port Royal Sound. He is also a coach for Sobriety WOD, leading free workouts for others searching for sobriety. Brian’s story is real, unique and gives a strong sense hope to others battling addiction.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Brain’s athletic background, including his Competitive Freestyle Skiing career
  • How Brian fell into drugs and alcohol after an injury
  • When Brian realized he had a family history of addiction and suffered from addiction himself
  • Brian’s marriage and his early attempts to quit drugs and alcohol
  • Brian’s “rock bottom” point; his arrest and sentencing in Federal prison
  • Life in prison and Brian’s road to recovery
  • How Brian found CrossFit and what attracted him to it
  • How Brian discovered Sobriety WOD
  • The similarities between CrossFit and Alcoholics Anonymous
  • How Brian runs a Sobriety WOD class
  • How Brian approaches his everyday life now
  • How you and/or your affiliate can get involved
  • Advice for addiction and recovery
  • Three things Brian does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on his health
  • One thing Brian struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Brian

You can learn more about Sobriety WOD on their websiteTwitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 26 – James Maskell on Functional and Integrative Medicine and the Impact of Community on Health

Ep 30 – Nadia Johnston on How CrossFit Helped Her to Overcome Eating Disorders and Depression

Ep 37 – Steph Hammerman on Overcoming Obstacles, Teaching CrossFit, and Crushing Cancer

Ep 53 – Amelia Boone on Achievement and Growing Through Obstacles

Ep 55 – Lindy Barber on Overcoming a Life-Changing Injury and Finding her Flow on Team CrossFit Mayhem

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 MobilityWOD. Do 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 receive 20% off your annual membership with code JULIEFOUCHER.

This episode is also 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. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

Question: Have you ever experienced a “rock bottom” moment? Maybe it didn’t involve addiction or a prison sentence, but was there ever a time where you felt at your lowest that in retrospect allowed you to become your best? Tell me about it in the comments below.


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

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“I was not a good student. I attribute a lot of that to the fact that I am dyslexic. The thing that got me through it was just plain persistence. I think once you’ve had that trial-by-fire and you get yourself through it, you think you can get through almost anything with pure persistence. So, I work pretty hard, and it has served me well over a long period of time. I never thought I was the smartest, or the sharpest tool in the drawer. But I don’t think a lot of people outwork me. I think that persistence that I learned got me through a lot of situations.” – Dr. Toby Cosgrove

Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, an $8 billion health care system. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been the #2 hospital in America by the U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Dr. Cosgrove joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and was named Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), a ranking it now holds for 22 consecutive years.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

In 2014, Dr. Cosgrove authored “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations,” which takes an in-depth look at today’s healthcare system. It describes the eight trends shaping the future of medicine in this country to be more efficient, more effective and more affordable than it is today. The book acknowledges the challenges facing the industry but takes a “strongly optimistic” view of what lies ahead by illustrating how Cleveland Clinic is helping to shape the future of medicine by working toward one goal: putting patients first.

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

Dr. Cosgrove was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year.

Recent honors include the Deming Cup and Horatio Alger Award. He is a 2016 Fortune Businessperson of the Year (No. 14), and has topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio. He is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives,” and is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cosgrove has been consulted by successive presidential administrations, serving on the Veterans Administration Commission on Care (2015) and the recent White House Strategic and Policy Forum.

We sat down shortly after my graduation from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine to discuss Dr. Cosgrove’s background, his contributions to the Cleveland Clinic during his tenure as CEO, and his vision for the future of healthcare in America.

Dr. Cosgrove’s Bio was adapted from clevelandclinic.org

In this episode we discuss:

  • What led Dr. Cosgrove to a career in medicine and eventually cardiac surgery?
  • His influence on policies to promote a healthy lifestyle at the Cleveland Clinic such as refusing to hire smokers and banning sugar-sweetened beverages on campus
  • The impact of these policies on the health of Cleveland Clinic employees
  • His perspective on parallels between the fights against smoking and sugar
  • Reducing the burden of lifestyle-related diseases on a national level
  • The reason behind his early investment in Functional Medicine by building the first Center for Functional Medicine in an academic institution
  • His reaction to the progress of the Center for Functional Medicine over the past 3 years?
  • His vision for the future of healthcare in the US
  • Some qualities and skills that have allowed Dr. Cosgrove to thrive in his many high-stress roles
  • Three things Dr. Cosgrove 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 Dr. Cosgrove’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dr. Cosgrove on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 7 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the Future, and Community

Ep 13A – Umahro Cadogan on Using Functional Nutrition to Create Health

Ep 13B – Umahro Cadogan on Functional Nutrition for Athletes and Recovery from Injury

Ep 22 – Brigid Titgemeier on Functional Nutrition

Ep 24 – Airrosti Drs. Nickleberry and Garrett on Treating Soft Tissue Injury, Partnering with CrossFit, and Creating a New Paradigm

Ep 38 – Micronutrients and Quality Supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

This episode is also 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. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran, or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + a free 30 day trial!

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.

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.

Question: To you, I’ll pose the same question that I posed to Dr. Cosgrove in this interview: What sort of policies could be successful at reducing the burden of chronic disease on a national level in the US? Do you think policies similar to those that have been instated at the Cleveland Clinic could work nationally to improve our nation’s health? Let me know in the comments below.


Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

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When you and I were doing the Update Show for example [in 2011], was a year after I had testicular cancer, a major surgery, and a child. And that’s just my personal life. But the CrossFit growth was going so fast. At that point it was myself, Tony Budding and then we added maybe three more full-time people. Like Heber [Cannon] had moved here by then for video stuff, Leif Edmundson was running publishing, and Tyson Oldroyd was in the house, but that was still a small amount of people for the magnitude of what we were doing. So we were consistently seven days a week for 14 hour days. And it was all a labor of love.” – Rory McKernan on the evolution of CrossFit Media

Rory McKernan is a well-known face of the Reebok CrossFit Games as the host of the Update Show as well as one-half of the infamous Ro vs. Boz CrossFit Games Open rivalry. We sat down to discuss his background and how he discovered CrossFit, how he became involved with CrossFit Headquarters as a member of the seminar staff and media department, and how CrossFit Media has evolved from its early videos to producing live coverage and top-rated documentaries of the Games each year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Rory’s childhood, growing up in Texas surrounded by football and playing many sports
  • Rory’s college experience at University of Southern California studying political science
  • His post college life skiing and fishing working in Wyoming, Alaska, and Europe
  • How Rory found CrossFit through his passion for training and working at a gym
  • How Rory found himself working for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s passion for CrossFit training and his experience teaching on the Level 1 Seminar Staff
  • How his roles with CrossFit have evolved
  • The Ro versus Boz rivalry; what it represents and how it has grown
  • What it’s like to work at CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s battle with testicular cancer and a congenital lung condition
  • Rory’s perspective on life balance and how it has evolved throughout his career
  • His day-to-day routine and his family
  • Potential future directions for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s advice for newcomers to CrossFit
  • His thoughts on the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Three things Rory 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 Rory’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Rory on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Links

Related Episodes

Ep 27 – Adrian Bozman on Teaching CrossFit, Judging at the CrossFit Games, and Garage Gym Training

Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and Quality of Life and Longevity

Ep 15 – Lewis Howes on Chasing Greatness

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the Early Days and Preserving the Culture of CrossFit

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

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 MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

This episode is also 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. You can also feel good about giving back because with everyone that signs up for Thrive Market, a free membership is donated to a low-income family, veteran or teacher, making healthy living affordable to all.

Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to recieve an exclusive offer to Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first purchase + free shipping + and a free 30 day trial!

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.

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.

Question: If you watched the 2017 CrossFit Games, what was your favorite moment? What would you love to see more coverage of in the future? Let me know in the comments below.


Ep 64 – Haley Adams: A CrossFit Games Teen with Talent

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“Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t get distracted. That’s pretty much what I think about every day.” – Haley Adams

Haley Adams is a 16-year-old Reebok CrossFit Games athlete from College Hill CrossFit in Greensboro, North Carolina. Haley has a strong gymnastics background and first found CrossFit in 2014. She qualified for and competed in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games where she placed 2nd in the 14-15 Teenage Girls division. Following this early success, Haley decided to begin homeschooling so she could commit herself to her training this year. Thus far in the 2017 season, she won the 16-17 Teenage Girl division in the Open and also qualifyed to the Atlantic Regional where she competed and finished in 14th. We caught up recently at Power Monkey Fitness Camp to discuss her approach to training and her goals for the 2017 season.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Haley’s background in gymnastics, cross country, and swimming
  • Finding CrossFit and the inspiration to compete
  • Haley’s 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games experience
  • Her decision to start homeschooling and working with her coach Jason Leydon
  • Haley’s daily routine including school, training, and nutrition
  • Haley’s goals for the 2017 season in the 16-17 Teenage Girl age division
  • Three things Haley 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 Haley’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Haley on Instagram.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image

Ep 47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

Ep 52A – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 52B – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

 

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 MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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.

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.

Question: What qualities of a CrossFit Games Teenage athlete do you think will serve them well in their future competitive career and life in general?


Ep 63 – Sara Sigmundsdottir on finding her happy place

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‘[A healthy life looks like} being happy. I think that’s just what matters the most. People often think that healthy is being skinny and looking good. It’s so not true. So many people look really good but are so unhappy. I think when you find the things that make you happy, then you’re living a healthy life.” – Sara Sigmundsdottir

Sara Sigmundsdottir is a 24-year old Icelandic athlete who has finished in third place at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past 2 years. Heading into the 2017 Games, she’s taken the title for both the Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the Central Regional this season. She has also competed in several weightlifting competitions and broke several Icelandic national records at the 2017 WOW Reykjavik Games Olympic Weightlifting Championships.

Sara started CrossFit in 2012 with very little competitive athletic background, growing up with a passion for music and art. After finding her way from bootcamp training to CrossFit, Sara made her competitive debut in 2013 and eventually made her way to the top of the podium at the Meridian Regional in 2015 and 2016. We caught up recently at CrossFit Mayhem, where she has been living and training this season for the 2017 CrossFit Games.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up the youngest of five kids, both in the US and in Iceland
  • Sara’s passion for art, music, sports and her competitive spirit
  • Finding CrossFit at 17 through bootcamp classes and figure competitions
  • Sara’s first local CrossFit competition
  • The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the beginning of her competitive CrossFit career
  • Training in Iceland and the influence of other Icelandic athletes
  • Adding training into her normal day
  • Working on weaknesses regularly
  • The 2015 Reebok CrossFit season and the year she broke through
  • The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games and the mental feat
  • Sara’s mental approach and the importance of a positive training environment
  • Her decision to move to Cookeville, TN to train at CrossFit Mayhem and how her training has changed
  • A typical day and week of training for Sara
  • Sara’s approach to nutrition
  • Three things Sara does on a regular basis that has the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Sara’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Sara on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities, and Discovering his Purpose

Ep 08 – Chris Hinshaw on Regaining Functionality and Endurance Coaching and Programming for the CrossFit Community

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on Moving Foward, Engineering, and Body Image

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir & Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

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 MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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.

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.

Question: Have you ever made a change in your environment that had a positive impact on your motivation, happiness, and overall well-being? Tell me about it below!


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

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“When I was introduced to CrossFit, it was one of those things where I fell in love – and as many people have probably already heard – I fell in love with the community. And that was that team aspect that I was craving for again. And I fell in love with it – and to to this day community is the biggest piece of importance for me.” – Becca Voigt

Since 2008, Becca Voigt has competed in the CrossFit Games every single year, an accomplishment no other athlete can claim. As a true veteran of the sport, Becca has grown and adapted to the ever-changing demands of competition over the past decade. She’s consistently finished in the top half of the field, and earned a spot on the podium with a 3rd place finish in 2011. Becca was awarded the 2014 Spirit of the Games Award for her positive attitude and sportsmanship through competition. Becca resides in Toluca Lake, California where she trains and runs her affiliate, CrossFit Training Yard.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Becca’s childhood and influence of her mother, a professional soccer player
  • How basketball developed Becca’s passion for team sports
  • Finding CrossFit and how the community drew her in
  • What Becca does to establish the culture and community at her affiliate
  • How Becca’s CrossFit competition career began
  • The evolution of the CrossFit Games and Becca’s approach to training
  • Becca’s current goals and focus
  • Becca’s experience opening and running her own affiliate
  • Three things Becca 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 Becca’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Becca

You can follow Becca on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 03 – Lindsey Smith on Competitive Drive and Finding Balance

Ep 06 – Women of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team

Ep 22 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 23 – Lindsey Valenzuela on Pregnancy, Affiliate Ownership, and Competition

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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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.

Question: It was the community that drew Becca into CrossFit and has propelled her to great success in her competitive career and affiliate. What about CrossFit was most intriguing to you when you first started?


Ep 61 – Ron Ortiz on fighting fires and raising the bar with age

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“I think the sad thing is, our society has accepted the fact that with age, you are going to be a certain way. That is one thing that CrossFit has allowed me is to not be so accepting of that. I can make the bar. I can change the bar and make it a little bit higher. I can push myself to levels to where most 50-year-old guys are going ‘I can’t even do a handstand.’ And I say, yeah you can. You just have to take time to do it.” – Ron Ortiz

Ron Ortiz is a 6-time CrossFit Games Masters Athlete and two-time Champion (2013 Masters Men 45-49, 2016 Masters Men 50-54). At 51 years of age, he is currently competing in the 50-54 year-old category. A firefighter for the past 18 years, Ron discovered CrossFit in 2009. He has become a staple in the CrossFit Games Masters community, and he has also taken his training to the fire station, inspiring other first responders to change their lifestyle. He is husband of 24+ years and a father of three.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in an athletically talented family
  • What led Ron to become a firefighter and why he loves his job
  • How Ron got started in CrossFit
  • The impact of CrossFit on Masters athletes and longevity
  • How his approach to training has evolved as a Masters competitor
  • The benefits he’s found from individual coaching and working with specialists
  • Ron’s approach to nutrition
  • Ron’s words of wisdom
  • How Ron hopes to influence his children by demonstrating what hard work
  • Three things Ron 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 Ron’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ron on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

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

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease and the ‘5 Buckets of Death’

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do 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 and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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.

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.

Question: What are some of the preconceived notions you have about aging? How has CrossFit helped you to redefine what your life will look like as you get older?


Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

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“I do CrossFit just because I love it. I do it for the health and longevity. But, that looks very very different. I really do, and I am passionate about telling people about it because, CrossFit as a sport has a lifespan. It does not promote longevity.”  Chris Spealler

Chris Spealler is a seven-time CrossFit Games athlete, coach and owner of CrossFit Park City, long-time member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff, husband, and father of two. Chris discovered CrossFit and his passion for competing in the sport following his collegiate Division 1 wrestling career. He has competed in CrossFit since 2007, collecting two Southwest Regional titles, three Top 10 CrossFit Games finishes (2007, 2008, 2010), and winning the Spirit of the Games award in 2010. After the Games in 2014, Chris has made the decision to retire from competition and instead “train for life,” but with the introduction of the Masters 35-39 age group category he will once again find himself on the big stage in 2017. Chris holds a love for the outdoors, mainly skiing and mountain biking, and he has been using his newfound free time to enjoy these hobbies and more time with his family.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Chris’ background in wrestling
  • Finding his direction after college while spending time outdoors in Utah
  • The “sport” side of CrossFit and how it drew him in
  • His early days of doing CrossFit at the globo gym
  • The evolution of CrossFit as a sport and a community
  • Chris’ favorite competition memories
  • His decision to retire from competition in 2014 and the goals he set for his final season
  • What his life has been like now that he’s training for life
  • Chris’ perspective on CrossFit as a sport vs. CrossFit for longevity
  • Three things Chris does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing Chris struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Chris

You can follow Chris at his website or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 05 – Men of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team

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

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

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

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.

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.

Question: Chris talks about how we don’t all have to have the same “why” for training as top Games athletes like Mat Fraser. What’s your “why” for training? How does this “why” shape your training regimen and the decisions you make?  Let me know in the comments below!


Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

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“There was a group of us…and we often would workout together. But it was such trial and error back then. They would give us some workouts, see how it went. And we were always kind of racing each other. But it was still so new. We knew it was a great workout and that’s it. We didn’t have any idea what revolution we would be a part of.” – Annie Sakamoto

Annie Sakamoto is a mother of two children, four-time CrossFit Games athlete, owner of CrossFit Santa Cruz Central and one of members of the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA. She began her CrossFit journey in 2004 when she was introduced to Greg Glassman and since then has trained, competed, and coached, bringing a veteran perspective to the ever-changing Sport of Fitness. She has competed in the team, individual, and masters divisions of the CrossFit Games and was awarded the “Sprit of the Games” in 2011. She is known as one of the original Nasty Girls alongside Nicole Carroll and Eva T., who paved the way for future generations of CrossFit women by performing muscle ups in the named workout. She’s also one of the few women to have a workout named after her with the classic couplet of double unders and sit-ups known as “Annie.” In her spare time, Annie enjoys surfing and spending time with her family in Santa Cruz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Teaching cardio kickboxing, and her intro into CrossFit by Eva Twardokens
  • Annie’s first CrossFit workout and the early days in Santa Cruz
  • How the workout “Annie” came to be named after her
  • Her transition training to coaching
  • Her experience as part of the early CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff
  • What led her to transition to owning and running her own affiliate
  • How competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games changed her perspective on competition
  • Being a role model for her children and what drives her to compete
  • How her approach to training for competition has changed over the years
  • A day in the life of Annie
  • Three things Annie 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 Annie’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

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You can follow Annie on Instagram and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 03 – Lindsey Smith on Competitive Drive and Finding Balance

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games and the Future

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

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture 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 #PursuingHealth. 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.

Question: In this episode, Annie tells us that the “girl” workouts were named after people because they included movements that were considered their weaknesses. If there were to be a workout named after you, what movements would it include?


Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

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“I’ll never forget that. It was recent too – or at least within the last couple years. Someone asked – Greg was doing a Q+A at a Level 1 and one of the participants asked, ‘What’s the most important thing?’ – I don’t know if they said learn or do or know as a trainer. And he just said, ‘Care, care, and care. Everything else you can learn.’ And it’s really true.” – Nicole Carroll

You may know Nicole Carroll from her most recent role providing tips for the workouts each week of the CrossFit Games Open, or as CrossFit‘s Director of Training and Certification. She also happens to be one of the early members of Greg Glassman’s original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA. She helped to pave the way for generations of CrossFit females to come by performing muscle ups in a video of a workout called Nasty Girls alongside Annie Sakamoto and Eva T, and the workout called Nicole that you’ve probably done before – that was named after her. Since that time, Nicole has been a leader in the development of the CrossFit Training and Certification department and the preservation CrossFit’s core mission and culture even as the movement has grown tremendously over the past several years.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Nicole’s background in the arts and yoga and her move to Santa Cruz, CA
  • The original CrossFit gym and the early days of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar
  • What led Nicole to take a leadership role in CrossFit Training
  • How Nicole’s role and the Level 1 have evolved evolved over the years
  • The “Nasty Girls” workout
  • Body image and CrossFit
  • How the workout “Nicole” got its name
  • Nicole’s perfect day
  • Words of advice to someone starting CrossFit today
  • Three things Nicole 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 Nicole on Instagram and at CrossFit.com.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and Quality of Life and Longevity

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

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

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”

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.

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.

Question: I’ve always looked up to Nicole as a strong female role model in CrossFit, not only for her physical ability but for her leadership and steadfastness in preserving CrossFit’s core culture. Who is a female that you look up to? Tell me more about her in the comments below.


Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

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“I do one year at a time. For me, I learned that especially after the back injury. One year at a time – you can’t predict what’s going to happen after that. So at the moment I am going to compete at the Games again, as an individual and I want to win the CrossFit Games.” – Annie Thorisottir

Known as “Iceland Annie,” Annie Thorisdottir is a two-time Fittest Woman on Earth (2011-2012) and seven-time Reebok CrossFit Games veteran. With a background of gymnastics, pole vaulting, and boot camp, Annie made her Games debut in 2009 at 19 years of age. With very little prior CrossFit experience, she learned the snatch during the competition and performed her first muscle-up during the last event. Despite this, her raw talent was apparent and she finished in the top 10 in five of eight events. Since then, Annie has been a staple in our sport and she is known to train hard and always compete with a smile. She has battled injuries including a severe back injury that kept her out of the 2013 CrossFit Games, and heat stroke that forced her to withdraw in 2015. She owns CrossFit Reykjavik in Reykjavik, Iceland where she lives and trains for the majority of the year.

Fred Aegidius is Annie’s long-time boyfriend and a two-time Reebok CrossFit Games athlete from Copenhagen, Denmark, competing in 2012 and 2013. He has a background in European Handball and American Football and holds an engineering degree in biotechnology from the Danish Technological University. He currently lives and trains with Annie in Reykjavik and is making another run at the individual CrossFit Games competition in 2017.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Annie’s background in gymnastics and pole vaulting; Fred’s background in team sports
  • Comparing team vs. individual sports
  • Competition, nerves and finding a balance
  • Annie and Fred’s relationship: how they met, dating, and living in Iceland, Denmark and the US
  • Fred balancing engineering school with training; why they both value academics and constant learning
  • Annie’s 2012 CrossFit Games season and her mental approach
  • The different emotions of competing vs. coaching and watching from the sidelines
  • How Annie and Fred have continued to evolve with each new year of competition
  • Annie’s most difficult moment at the Games
  • Managing being a competitor and supporter when competing at the Games together
  • Why Annie and Fred love training and competing together
  • What’s next for Annie and Fred
  • Three things Annie and Fred do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they both struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Annie and Fred

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

You can follow Fred on Instagram and Facebook.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

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

Ep 17 – Juliet and Kelly Starrett on Standing Desks and Movement for Kids

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image

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.

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.

Question: Do you enjoy working out with your significant other? Why or why not? How do you best support one another in practicing a healthy lifestyle?