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.

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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

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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: 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.

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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

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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.

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: 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.

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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: 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?


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

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“Katrin came on at the exact right time when I was switching my approach to a more 360 degree holistic approach for a coach. I started investing more into developing people, and the characteristics of a champion, than I did the work capacity, and the skills and drills of a champion. Not that those aren’t important, because I don’t care how mentally tough you are and how dedicated and how strong-willed you are, that person will not beat somebody that’s more talented. But if you take somebody that has incredible talent, and you put the right personal characteristics to that person, now were starting to develop the approach of a champion.” – Ben Bergeron

Katrin Davidsdottir is the reigning two-time Reebok CrossFit Games Champion (2015, 2016) from Reykjavik, Iceland. A former gymnast and track athlete, Katrin made her Games debut in 2012 at the age of 19 and has competed in the sport ever since. Her story is punctuated by a setback in 2014 when she failed to qualify for the Games, an experience which she now credits for her success as one of only two women ever to win back-to-back Games titles.

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.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Ben’s background from ski bum to working in the corporate world in finance to fitness
  • Katrin’s background as a gymnast and track athlete and how she found CrossFit
  • What led Ben to open his affiliate and focus on training competitive athletes
  • How the culture of gender equality in Iceland cultivates strong, confident women
  • Katrin’s early days of CrossFit and training with her role model, Annie Thorisdottir
  • How not qualifying for the 2014 Games after a legless rope climb workout became a defining moment in Katrin’s career and impacted Ben’s approach to coaching
  • How Katrin living under the same roof with Ben’s family benefitted their coach-athlete relationship
  • The difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset
  • Katrin’s perception of the qualities that make Ben a great coach
  • Why Ben doesn’t believe in goals anymore but rather in maximizing the process
  • The importance of developing the characteristics necessary to stay dedicated to the process
  • One example of how they apply their mental approach on a difficult training day
  • Why you can’t have balance and be a world champion
  • The difference between priorities and balance in both Katrin and Ben’s life currently
  • A day in the life of Katrin and Ben
  • How they structure their training sessions and what Ben is looking for while coaching
  • Their approach to balance, discipline and happiness
  • How to nurture and cultivate synergistic relationships in your life
  • Three things both Ben and Katrin 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 them

You can follow Katrin on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

You can follow Ben on his website and on Instagram and Facebook.

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

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Ep 49 – Ben Smith on Why He Trains and the Evolution of the CrossFit Games

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 been in a great coaching or mentoring relationship? Let me know what made it so great in the comments below.


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

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‘I don’t think the girl who didn’t break her back would have qualified [to the CrossFit Games]. Because, she hadn’t been through the same kind of mental and emotional struggle. Because CrossFit, if you have ever competed, or even competed in your own CrossFit gym; it’s a struggle. You are doing stuff every single day that you are terrible at; and it’s no different for Games athletes. It’s a hard thing to constantly constantly keep putting yourself through…mentally taxing, emotionally taxing because you’re doing stuff all the time that you are bad at.’ – Lindy Barber

Lindy Barber is a former collegiate soccer player turned CrossFit Games athlete. She’s participated in the Reebok CrossFit Games twice as an individual (2013, 2015) and most recently on the two-time defending championship team, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom. Lindy currently trains at CrossFit Mayhem with Rich Froning and the rest of her team. She thrives in the team environment and loves setting goals and overcoming the mental challenges found in competition. She is known within the community for her comeback after a significant back injury and is passionate about promoting awareness of and helping people improve core and back strength in and outside of the fitness world.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky and playing seven sports
  • Lindy’s focus on soccer at the high school and collegiate level at the University of Dayton
  • Her decision to step away from collegiate soccer
  • How Lindy found CrossFit
  • Competing with Julie in some early local competitions
  • The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Open and her life-changing back injury
  • The perfect storm of 3 spinal conditions: scoliosis, spina bifida and spondylolisthesis
  • Rebuilding and determining what ultimately makes her happy
  • Returning to competition in 2012 and her experience at the 2012 Regionals
  • Qualifying for the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games
  • Reassessing after a difficult 2014 season and making changes in 2015
  • How she joined team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom and training for the 2016 season
  • The benefits of team vs. individual CrossFit Games competition
  • Three things Lindy 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 Lindy’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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At a local competition with Lindy in 2010

 

You can follow Lindy on her website Lindy Barber.com, and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

Ep 18 – Scott Panchik and His Father on Running and Affiliate, Competition, and Recovering From Injury

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.


Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

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“Everyone says I’m a lock for whatever. I’m not a lock for anything. I have to put my head down and I have to work. I know how hard I am working and I know there are people out there working harder. But I know I have to earn every single opportunity to be able to be on that stage. Then, once I am on that stage, I have to earn every opportunity to be able to make that podium. Nothing is a lock in life. Nothing is guaranteed. I am not guaranteed tomorrow. All I know is I have to execute what I can today, execute what I can tomorrow, and make sure I am a better version of myself each and every day that I go out.” – Neal Maddox

Neal Maddox has an extensive background in health and fitness as both an athlete and a coach. He played multiple sports growing up and played Division II football at Linfield College where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. He had a stint with the San Jose Sabercats and worked as a personal trainer before finding CrossFit in 2009. He was quickly drawn to the sport and the community, and today he is the owner and head coach at CrossFit X-treme Athletics and has competed in the CrossFit Games six times. After a year away from competition in 2016 due to injury, 2017 marks his return in the newly formed 35-39 year-old Master’s category. With his 40th birthday quickly approaching, he’s one of the oldest in this competitive group, yet has already made a statement early in the season by finishing 4th in the category in the Open.

I sat down with Neal earlier this year at the Reebok Athlete Summit in the Bahamas to discuss everything from the evolution of his CrossFit Games career and his approach this season to his little-known passions for training clients with disabilities and animal rights.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up with motivation and inspiration to pursue a professional football career
  • Football and its related injuries
  • How he built a foundation of body weight movements at a young age
  • Working as a personal trainer and training clients with disabilities
  • His introduction to CrossFit with Linda, “The Three Bars of Death”
  • Volunteering at the 2009 CrossFit Games and his promise to Dave Castro to compete in 2010
  • The evolution of his competitive career from 2010-2015
  • A game-changing injury he sustained while competing in 2015
  • His decision to take a year away from competition in 2016
  • Competing as a Master’s athlete and how his goals and approach have evolved
  • Balancing gym ownership with his own training
  • Three things Neal 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 Neal’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Neal at his website, and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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

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

21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and quality of life and longevity

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.