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Chasing Excellence

Chasing Excellence

By Ben Bergeron & Patrick Cummings
Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to living a life of fulfillment and health. In each episode, we dive deep into an element of the Five Factors of Health and unpack the actions, strategies, principles, and practices that make us stronger, fitter, and more resilient.
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Colin O’Brady on the 12 Hour Walk
Colin O’Brady is back to talk more specifically about his new book, the 12-Hour Walk. Patrick and I give our own experiences doing the walk, we talk about self-limiting beliefs, identifying your personal Everest, and more. Find out more about Colin’s new book, The 12-Hour Walk, here. Find us on Social: Colin | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
35:38
October 04, 2022
Colin O’Brady on Crossing Antartica Solo
We’re joined by explorer and author Colin O’Brady. We chat about life as an explorer, the zone of comfortable complacency, his belief that we all have reservoirs of untapped potential, his new book, and much more. Find out more about Colin’s new book, The 12 Hour Walk, here. Find us on Social: Colin | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
32:03
September 27, 2022
Making the Games Season Better (HopperTalk #12)
We’ve got four questions this round of HopperTalk - discussing ways we think the CrossFit Games season could improve, Eckhart Tolle, noise, misinformation, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 01:00 -  What are two ways you would make the CrossFit season better? 06:00 - What’s the one problem you want to be known for helping solve? 08:30 - What are we living in the golden age of? 15:35 - What is the single most liberating thought you’ve ever had? // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
23:48
September 20, 2022
The Best Teacher is Example (MiFit Rebroadcast)
We’re bringing you a conversation I had recently with DJ Hillier of the MiFit podcast. We dive into transformational coaching, how I got into the mental side of competition, balancing passion and obsession, and more. Find us on Social: DJ | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:22:01
September 13, 2022
There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Workout (2:00 #37)
Your questions are back in the spotlight this week! We’re talking about how to design a non-competitive after-school program, why being clear is kind when running your gym, why CrossFit Games athletes don’t move perfectly, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Question About: 01:00 - Distinguishing between complaining and helping 03:00 - Responding to death in the family 06:10 - Dealing with grandparents and junk food 07:50 - Stretching right after a hard workout 09:30 - Getting strong with limited equipment and time 10:40 - Designing a non-competitive after-school program 12:50 - Blurring the line between moving fast and moving perfectly 15:10 - Coming back from a bad working 16:20 - Creating selection criteria for a sports team 17:50 - Distributing cubbies fairly in a CrossFit gym 20:00 - Having different prices for different members of a gym // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
21:40
September 06, 2022
Eat Clean, Eat Light
We’re talking through a simple, actionable nutritional framework this week. We discuss the spectrum of ultra processed to ultra clean, why being hungry sometimes isn’t a bad thing, and why awareness is so important. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
49:19
August 30, 2022
Top 10 Takeaways from the 2022 CrossFit Games
I’m giving my thoughts (good and bad) on the 2022 CrossFit Games. We’re talking programming, whether I’m excited about the future of the event, why the Capitol was such an amazing event, and much more. -- Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
42:60
August 23, 2022
Benchmark: 10 Principles of Connecting
In this throwback episode, we’re revisiting our 10 principles of connecting with each other. We’re talking about why small things are big things, gossip, listening sincerely, and leading with tough love. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
23:20
August 16, 2022
High Expectations, Low Stress
We’re talking this week about how to maintain high expectations without getting overwhelmed by self-induced pressure. We discuss the relationship between disciple and surrender, peak performance, judgment, and learning. -- Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
31:59
August 09, 2022
Be Aware of Where You Are (Michael Caz Rebroadcast)
We’re sharing a conversation I had recently with Michael Caz. We dive into leadership, Unlocking Potential, simplicity, making moments matter, using pain as a gift, and so much more. Find us on Social: Caz | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:02:31
August 02, 2022
What We’re Reading #02
Patrick & I talk about the last five books we’ve each read, some of our biggest takeaways, my experience with dyslexia, how to strengthen the habit of reading, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Books mentioned: Life Force by Tony Robbins Indistractible by Nir Eyal The Talent War by Sarraille & Randle The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey Insanely Simple by Ken Segall The Minimalist Entrepreneur by Sahil Lavingia Marketing Full Circle by Wayne Mullins Free Time by Jenny Blake Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
57:08
July 26, 2022
Being Your Spouse’s Biggest Fan, w/ Heather B
Heather joins us again, this time to discuss what it looks like to chase excellence in marriage or relationships. We talk about values, bringing intention to hard conversations, not letting ego get in the way, and lots more. Find us on Social: Heather | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
36:34
July 19, 2022
The Voice in Our Heads, w/ Heather B (HopperTalk #11)
Find us on Social: Heather | Ben | Patrick Question Answered: 01:40 - What did you finally realize was just a huge waste of time? 17:00 - What skill or life lesson do you wish your parents would’ve taught you? 33:36 - If you had enough money to build your dream house, what’s a strange room or feature you’d include? // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
41:40
July 12, 2022
Visualizing Failure vs. Success (2:00 Drill #36)
Your questions return this week! We’re talking about visualizing failure vs success, talking with kids about hard work, bench presses, knowing when to quit, and a bunch more. To get your question in the cue, send Patrick a DM on IG. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Question About: 01:50 - Making sure our professional ladder is up against the right wall. 07:30 - Knowing if quitting something is the right move. 09:40 - Ensuring fitness is a priority when work is overwhelming. 13:20 - Why CrossFit doesn’t include more bench pressing. 15:18 - Passing judgement on someone’s love of the gym. 19:35 - Visualizing failure vs success. 22:30 - Understanding strength endurance. 25:20 - Being competitive in CrossFit as an ectomorph. 26:45 - Helpful cues & phrases for coaching a longer metcon. 29:25 - Using tone to avoid complaining. 30:20 - Talking with kids about hard work. 33:00 - Building a positive environment from scratch. 34:45 - Doing everything at a gym vs starting my own gym. 40:00 - Encouraging kids to have a curious competitor mindset. // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding. // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
42:29
July 05, 2022
The Balanced Champion (Mark Bell Rebroadcast)
I recently joined the gentlemen from Mark Bell’s Power Project for a wide-ranging conversation and wanted to share it here. We talk about word choices, why success isn’t binary, the mantra for a happy life, and much more. Find us on Social: Mark | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
02:04:16
June 28, 2022
Benchmark: 10 Principles of Training
We’re revisiting an episode from the archives this week, reminding ourselves of our 10 principles of training. We’re talking about starting with mechanics, understanding relative intensity, weaknesses, thresholds, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
45:12
June 21, 2022
Make Big Ag Illegal (HopperTalk #10)
In this edition of HopperTalk, we’re talking about the one law we would create if we could, how much money Elon Musk makes every day, why weddings aren't worth the money, Jurassic Park, playing CDs in the car, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Question Answered: 01:10 - What is something that is practically useless but it is treated as a luxury item? 06:30 - What are some things your children will never experience the way you did? 13:50 - If you could create one law for your country what would it be? 24:00 - What’s a crazy statistic? 33:20 - If you could go back in time 10,000 years & make a cave painting to confuse everyone in the future, what would you draw? About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
36:15
June 14, 2022
Ishan Shivanand on King’s Yoga vs Merchant Yoga
Ishan Shivanand is a mindfulness teacher and founder of Yoga of Immortals. He joins us to talk about the 4 aspects of meditation, integrative healing, starting from a place of joy, the responsibility of organizations, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:15:40
June 07, 2022
Building a Life of Focus
We’re talking about the three levels of focus this week, diving into how to wrestle with the internal distractions that get in our way, what anxiety feels like and where it comes from, gaining traction, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:01:20
May 31, 2022
Life Gives Us Exactly What We Need (2:00 Drill #35)
Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Question About: 01:30 - Getting a spouse into CrossFit 05:50 - Knowing if it’s too late to be a competitive Games athlete 10:30 - Making the best of a sub-optimal job choice 16:00 - Incorporating spirituality into the think factor 23:20 - Earning trust as a coach 29:00 - Raising children to embrace challenges 34:20 - Learning how to move better in the gym 37:30 - Training athletes who don’t eat meat 41:50 - Thanking new members of your gym // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
45:52
May 24, 2022
The Story About the Old Farmer (CP&W Rebroadcast)
I recently chatted with Peter White of Coffee, Pods, & WODS, and wanted to share it here too. We covered a lot, including my ideal CrossFit Games athlete, the three decisions that dictate our future, reading books, and more. Find us on Social: CP&W | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:37:55
May 17, 2022
Chasing Athletic Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a curse amplified by highlight reels on social media. How can we learn to stop judging ourselves, develop hindsight in the present moment, and focus on our character? That’s what we’re unpacking this week. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
35:38
May 10, 2022
The Antidote to Anxiety is Action (HopperTalk #09)
This round of HopperTalk has us talking through life’s cheat codes, things that are criminally over-priced, lessons from the pandemic, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 01:05 - What are some cheat codes you’ve found in the game of life. 07:25 - What improved your quality of life so much that you wish you did it sooner? 15:20 - What’s criminally over-priced to you? 24:30 - What seems harmless but is actually dangerous? 30:50 - Looking back at COVID, what are some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learned? 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
41:39
May 03, 2022
Motivating Kids to Work Out (2:00 Drill #34)
We’ve got your questions on tap this week. We’re talking about what a de-load week looks like, how to prioritize health when life is busy, choosing the best kind of bodywork, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 01:55 - Building confidence as a coach 04:15 - Admitting our least productive habits 06:45 - Dealing with long-term challenges 13:00 - Choosing the best kind of bodywork 15:10 - Designing a better physical education fitness test 22:20 - Understanding de-load weeks 26:20 - Motivating kids to workout 28:00 - Prioritizing health when life is busy 34:40 - Getting better at metcon workouts 38:45 - Buying a gym and eliminating class offerings 48:10 - Predicting the success of the young guns in CrossFit 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
48:30
April 26, 2022
Stephen M.R. Covey on Trusting & Inspiring
Stephen MR Covey has made a career of teaching people about trust. He joins us to talk about his new book, the difference between a trust & inspire leader vs. a command & control leader, shifting paradigms, & so much more. Learn more about Trust & Inspire here. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick // About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain.  👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:02:50
April 19, 2022
Benchmark: 10 Principles of Nutrition
We're talking about our top nutrition principles in this rebroadcast from one of our most popular episodes. We talk about avoiding sugar, eating more veggies, understanding good vs bad fats, and eating mindfully. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
34:21
April 12, 2022
Anonymous Leaderboards (2:00 Drill #33)
Your questions are back this week! We’re talking about goals versus purpose, whether anonymous leaderboards might work, how to think about Fran, buying a gym, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 02:50 - Working with a challenging employee 06:30 - Focusing on goals or purpose 08:45 - Earning trust with co-worker 11:15 - Taking vitamins & supplements (or not) 12:30 - Training when not sleeping enough 17:20 - Doing Fran for fitness or as a test 21:10 - Getting better at burpees 25:30 - Making leaderboards anonymous 29:50 - Buying a gym 36:00 - Making a Peloton-like version of CrossFit About Us: 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
48:55
April 05, 2022
Dr. Nate Zinsser on Winning the First Victory
Dr. Nate Zinsser is the author of the book “The Confident Mind.” He joins us to discuss the mental toughness strategies he’s developed over 30 years of working with cadets at West Point and elite athletes at every level. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
55:12
March 29, 2022
Be Confident, Earn More, & Increase Impact (3x3 #08)
The 3x3 is back! This round, I’m giving some strategies you can use to improve your confidence levels, increase your earning potential, and leave a lasting legacy. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
27:09
March 22, 2022
Things Happen For You, Not To You (HopperTalk #08)
In this round of HopperTalk, Patrick and I give our thoughts on lies we tell to make other people feel better, why grades shouldn’t be taken so seriously, how to react when something bad happens, and much more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
44:47
March 15, 2022
Mark England on Moving from Victim to Competitor
Mark England and Kimberly Kesting from Enlifted Coaches are back to continue our conversation about the victim mentality, should statements, soft talk, the imposter syndrome, writing down our scary thoughts, and much more. Find us on Social: Enlifted Coaches | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:10:30
March 08, 2022
Mark England on the Power of Words, Breath, & Story
We’ve got Mark England and Kimberly Kesting from Enlifted Coaches in town this week to talk about the victim mentality, soft talk, owning your story, pressure language, and much more. Be sure to tune in next week for part two. Find us on Social: Enlifted Coaches | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:03:25
March 01, 2022
Seesaws vs Frisbees (2:00 Drill #32)
Your questions return this week! We’re talking about how making the most out of training solo, dealing with the challenge of injuries that keep coming back, prioritizing balance, and a whole lot more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:04:55
February 22, 2022
Castro’s & Katrin's Exits (Modern Wisdom Rebroadcast)
I recently had a chance to chat with Chris at the Modern Wisdom podcast. We talked about a whole bunch, including Castro’s exit from the Games, Katrin's decision to stay in Iceland, risk, flow, leadership, and a bunch more. Find us on Social: Chris | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:50:42
February 15, 2022
What We’re Reading
Patrick & I pull together the last five books we’ve read, talk about how we picked them, what we’re getting from them, why reading with purpose beats reading at random, making connections, diving deep, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
38:32
February 08, 2022
The 3 Guiding Principles
How do we stack awareness, intention, and action to make the most out of this one life we’ve got? That’s what we’re talking about today in this short episode. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
27:38
February 01, 2022
Unconditional Integrity (HopperTalk #07)
HopperTalk is back this week! Patrick and I are talking about what we think are scams, why nothing should start before 10 am, integrity, generosity, little things that are signals that a person is good, and a lot more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
59:17
January 25, 2022
Chasing Long Term vs. Short Term Performance
We're talking about the different areas of focus for a CrossFit Games athlete and someone who's chasing health, diving into maximizing your minutes, keeping the frisbee of life in balance, and developing a single-minded focus. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
50:20
January 18, 2022
The 2 Elements of Long-Term Business Success
We’re unpacking the two most important things to get right in your business, talking about the marketing hourglass, creating a calm organization, distinguishing between coaching for development vs. performance, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
51:14
January 11, 2022
Benchmark: Mental Toughness Isn't What You Think
We're revisiting our most popular episode ever to kick 2022 off right, diving into the 6 steps we need to take to develop more mental toughness, including becoming a learner, expecting adversity, and killing the critic. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
57:46
January 04, 2022
Defining & Determining Wellness (2:00 #31)
Your questions are back this week. We’re talking about what to do between double sessions to recover, dealing with family members who aren’t on the same nutritional page as you, training for a Spartan Beast, and more! Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
48:52
December 28, 2021
Cole Sager on Running From Our Comfort Zones
Multiple-times Games athlete Cole Sager joins us this week to talk about being a pro athlete, seeking solitude, being grateful, becoming a father, having curiosity, and a whole lot more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:07:31
December 21, 2021
A Health Revolution
We're talking this week about health as an integrated system and about how the 5 Factors are all essential inputs in that system. We dive into the knowledge/doing gap, kicking ass into our 90s, the age of abundance, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
53:60
December 14, 2021
Personal Responsibility in Daily Excellence
In a (somewhat accidental) follow-up to our conversation about the Fulfillment Framework, we're talking about why pride looks selfish in the short term, making the right kind of difficult choices, why being joyful is brave, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
37:41
December 07, 2021
Two Eyes on the Process (Keep Going Rebroadcast)
We're rebroadcasting a conversation I had recently on the Keep Going Podcast. John and I talk about the hierarchy of mindset, why taking massive action matters more than anything else, how to work through bad days, and a bunch more. Grab the new book here. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
46:07
November 30, 2021
Dr. Amishi Jha on Owning Your Attention
Dr. Amishi Jha is a researcher, professor, and author of the new book, Peak Mind. She joins us to talk about the work her lab is doing to uncover the power of mindfulness training on attention, focus, and resilience. Find us on Social: Amishi | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:02:08
November 23, 2021
Don't Stop Until You're Proud
We've got my co-writer on Unlocking Potential, Christine Bald, on to talk about the process of writing a book, getting things wrong until you get it right, balancing patience and ambition, and a bunch more. Find us on Social: Christine | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
54:52
November 16, 2021
Operating at the Speed of Trust
For the last few years, I've been working on a new book. It's called Unlocking Potential, and it's about leadership, getting a team into group flow, the mistakes I've made, and a bunch more. Get a sneak peek in this episode. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
48:19
November 09, 2021
Benchmark: 10 Habits to Stop Having
In this throwback to 2018, we're rebroadcasting an episode all about the habits we have that we should finally kill - including hitting the snooze button, yelling at people in traffic, and using your phone while you eat. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
24:42
November 02, 2021
Ron Friedman on Reverse Engineering Success
Author Ron Friedman joins us this week to discuss his new book, "Decoding Greatness." We talk about the three ways to find success, the "scoreboard principle," and what it looks like to practice in three dimensions. Find us on Social: Ron | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
46:11
October 26, 2021
Monster Energy at the CrossFit Games (HopperTalk #06)
This week, Patrick and I trade answers about whether CrossFit should have had Monster Energy at the Games, what we want every teenager to know, the big changes we've made that have had the biggest positive impact, and more! Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
54:56
October 19, 2021
The First Question to Ask Before Changing Your Diet
Before you decide to go keto or vegan or low carb or high protein, take a listen to this short conversation about the most important question you need to ask and answer, first principles, and starting with the end in mind. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
22:31
October 12, 2021
Lauren Johnson on Becoming Elite by Choice
Lauren Johnson is a mental performance coach for professional athletes and entrepreneurs. She joins us to talk about the difference between challenges and threats, the power of self-talk, separating facts from feelings, and more. Find us on Social: Lauren | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
57:04
October 05, 2021
The 3 WODs I'd Program for the Olympics (2:00 #30)
Your questions are back in the spotlight! This time around, we're talking about how to make sure your ladder is up against the right wall, the pros and cons of an open gym period, lactate threshold training, and a bunch more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
42:14
September 28, 2021
The Fulfillment Framework
We've talked about making sure our ladders are up against the right walls, but how do you also make sure you're climbing up the ladder? We dive into that here, talking about the system I use to chase fulfillment, from my big goals to my daily tasks. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
56:30
September 21, 2021
Sergey Young on Thriving at 200 Years Old
Sergey Young is an author and investor working to radically extend human health and lifespans. He joins us to talk about the definition of aging, the technology of the near future, creating lives worth extending, and more. Find us on Social: Sergey | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
58:14
September 14, 2021
Competing vs Comparing
Is comparison the thief of joy? That's the question we pose at the start of this week's episode, talking about intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation, what a true competitor looks like, and how to use our ambition for good. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
48:01
September 07, 2021
The Secret Sauce of CrossFit Programming
We're getting into some best practices for delivering effective GPP programming. We're talking about programming for horsepower, why 18-minute WODs shouldn't be considered "long," and why we offer three different programming tracks to our members. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:05:53
August 31, 2021
Benchmark: Simplifying Nutrition
We're revisiting one of our most popular conversations from the early days of the podcast, talking about why I prefer to keep my nutritional advice simple, the value of getting blood work done, & why both quality & quantity matter. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
26:49
August 24, 2021
Life-Changing Quotes (Hoppertalk #05)
HopperTalk is back this week. Patrick and I talk through the adult problems nobody prepared us for, whether Tia is the most dominant athlete in CrossFit Games history, things from the 90s that we miss, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 02:05 - What's a quote that's permanently changed the way you look at things? 11:10 - What is something free on the internet that everyone should take advantage of? 24:00 - What benchmark workout should appear in the CrossFit Games? 28:40 - What is the worst minor injury? 31:50 - What is an "adult problem" that nobody prepared you for? 37:50 - Is Tia Clair Toomey the most dominant athlete the CrossFit Games has ever seen? 40:50 - What has no right to be as difficult as it is? 54:00 - What is a simple, painful fact that people need to just get over & accept? 59:05 - What's something from the 90s that you miss? 63:54 - How many fist pumps are acceptable in a training session? 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:07:27
August 17, 2021
2021 CrossFit Games Debrief
We're talking through my experience at the 2021 CrossFit Games - from NoBULL's first year as the sponsor, to my thoughts on the programming, CompTrain's overall performance, and the young guns making a run for the podium. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
46:23
August 10, 2021
When an S.O. Doesn't Care About CrossFit (2:00 #29)
The 2:00 Drill is back, featuring your questions on the chasing excellence approach to dating, why we don't program strength-only days at CrossFit New England, choosing whether to go to the gym early or sleep in, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 02:10 - Approaching dating with an attitude of chasing excellence 04:20 - Differentiating one-upping and trying to relate 06:40 - Determining whether to go to workout early or sleep more 08:50 - Spending $65 a week on groceries 10:50 - Giving marketing tips to personal trainers 13:00 - Handling life when your significant other isn't down with CrossFit 14:40 - Breathing better during metcons 17:15 - Adding a strength portion to daily programming 20:55 - Working with a member with bad body odor 23:00 - Preparing yourself to work at the CompTrain Academy 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
26:54
August 03, 2021
Important Details, Strong Networks, & Simpler Lives
In this edition of our 3x3, I'm talking through some of the small things that CrossFit New England does well, how I think about building stronger relationships, and ways to make our lives simpler. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
32:04
July 27, 2021
Benchmark: Daily Discipline
We're revisiting one of our most popular conversations from the early days of the podcast, talking about why it's important to determine our level of discipline and then never break the chain of daily success. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
30:47
July 20, 2021
The Protein and Produce Diet for Kids
We talk all the time about the five factors of health, but how do they apply to our kids? We're diving into that question, talking about how I ensure that my kids are eating well, how we set up the house to reduce food conflict, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
40:58
July 13, 2021
If You Want To Run Fast, Run Fast (2:00 #28)
Your questions are back in the spotlight. We're answering questions about programming when you have limited time and equipment, why I don't think we need to establish a VO2 Max threshold for Games athletes, dealing with CrossFit skeptics, and more. Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick Questions Answered: 01:45 - Dealing with comparing ourselves to others 04:30 - Increasing coaching skills with limited time 06:40 - Moving from living to thriving 10:40 - Determining VO2 Max for CrossFit athletes 12:00 - Training for physique and health 14:45 - Programming for limited training time 18:30 - Communicating patience for members looking for progress 21:45 - Seeing women become Navy SEALs 24:00 - Surviving as a gym without social media 28:45 - Taking cold showers in the morning and hot ones at night 31:50 - Running faster by running faster 34:35 - Dealing with CrossFit skeptics 43:00 - Moving the CrossFit Games out of the USA 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
44:49
July 06, 2021
Greg McKeown on the Pursuit of Sustainable Excellence
Greg McKeown is the author of Essentialism and Effortless. He joins us to discuss why easy things aren't always trivial, having faith that the process will work, working backward from our optimal max, and a whole lot more. Find us on Social: Greg | Ben | Patrick 👉🏼 Ben Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CompTrain. 👉🏼 Patrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and creator of Functional Branding.
01:06:50
June 29, 2021
Stop Fearing Failure (Modern Wisdom Interview)
This week, we're republishing a conversation I had with Chris Williamson on his podcast, Modern Wisdom. We go deep on what it means to live a life of excellence, the hierarchy of mindset, living for the remembering self, and a whole lot more.
01:23:45
June 22, 2021
Useful But Rarely Taught Skills (HopperTalk #04)
HopperTalk is back! This time around, Patrick and I are giving our thoughts on normalizing naps, what we'd change about CrossFit's early days, whether we think first impressions are usually accurate, our favorite Games events, and more!
01:04:21
June 15, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Fader on Looking at Life as a Sport
Dr. Jonathan Fader is a performance psychologist who's worked with pro athletes in the MLB and NFL. He joins us this week to talk about earning trust, getting our mental reps in, why he sees life as a sport, and a bunch more.
53:32
June 08, 2021
Discomfort vs Pain (2:00 #27)
Our 2:00 Drill is back! We're answering your questions about learning how to relax without guilt, helping athletes fulfill their dreams, understanding the difference between discomfort & pain, & lots more!
48:36
June 01, 2021
World-Class Health in 100 Words
Modern medicine might define health as the absence of disease, but that's not a good enough definition for us. So we're offering our own, in a format that many CrossFitters will recognize. (See full episode description for text.)
01:10:50
May 25, 2021
Tim Grover on Michael Jordan's Second Stat Sheet
Michael Jordan didn't pay Tim Grover to be his trainer. He paid our guest to not be anybody else's trainer. The author of the new book, Winning, joins us to talk about why showing up is not half the battle and so much more.
54:14
May 18, 2021
Audacious Goals, Momento Mori, & Mobility Tips
This rendition of our 3x3 has us talking through tips for creating useful BHAGs in our businesses and lives, ways to remember that we're all going to die, and my recommendations for improving mobility.
37:51
May 11, 2021
How to Warm-Up More Effectively (2:00 Drill #26)
We've got some more great questions on this month's 2:00 Drill. We're talking through low intensity for CrossFitters, constructing a useful warm-up, what to say to an athlete right before a performance, and more!
42:17
May 04, 2021
Peter Rahal on the Hard Work of Building RXBar
Peter Rahal co-founded RXBar inside of a Chicago CrossFit gym, eventually selling to Kelloggs. He joins us to talk about the original vision of the business, the power of dyslexia, building culture, and the messy process of figuring out what's next.
48:22
April 27, 2021
How CrossFit Could Go Mainstream (HopperTalk #03)
HopperTalk is back! This time around, Patrick & I share our answers to questions about CrossFit going mainstream, what hell might look like, what businesses we'd start regardless of our qualifications, and a handful more.
55:38
April 20, 2021
We're Breathing All Wrong
Lots of interest lately about the importance of breathwork, so we're talking about my 100-day experiment with Wim Hoff breathing, what I learned from the Navy SEALs about stress management, and where I recommend you start learning how to breathe better.
42:11
April 13, 2021
Robb Wolf on Being a Health Translator
Robb Wolf is an author, the founder of LMNT, and co-host of Healthy Rebellion Radio. He joined us to dive deep into a bunch of nutrition questions I've got, including nutrient density, how to feed our kids, and keto for CrossFitters.
01:13:55
April 06, 2021
How to Start Looking at Food More Positively
Your questions are back in the spotlight today. In this edition of the 2:00 Drill, we're talking about adrenal fatigue, box breathing, how much volume is too much when pursuing health, and a whole bunch more.
38:44
March 30, 2021
Matt Fitzgerald on Becoming a Smart Athlete
Matt Fitzgerald is a coach and author of more than twenty books, including "How Bad Do You Want It?" In this conversation, we talk about pacing by feel, mental toughness vs mental fitness, competing for our identity, and lots more.
56:41
March 23, 2021
Questions We Should Be Asking Regularly
The 3x3 returns! This round, we're answering questions about questions. Here are the questions I think we should all be asking ourselves regularly to improve our lives, our businesses, and our performances.
29:02
March 16, 2021
The CompTrain Academy, Part 2
We're diving back into our conversation about the future of CompTrain, talking this week about our Elite athlete experience, what we'll look for in future Dev Team members, and what the Training Academy will one day look like.
43:13
March 09, 2021
The CompTrain Academy, Part 1
What is the CompTrain Academy? That's the big question we're answering this week. I'm talking about the origins of the idea, why it wouldn't have happened without a change in CrossFit's ownership and a new CEO at CompTrain.
44:46
March 02, 2021
Why Mat Fraser Retiring Sucks (2:00 Drill #24)
A special CrossFit Open edition of our 2:00 Drill this week! We're taking your questions about finding a coach, using CompTrain but missing the community in the gym, and my take on who gets to call themselves a competitor.
36:05
February 23, 2021
Overcoming Excellence Fatigue
With so many people talking about how to chase excellence, it can be hard to continue moving forward when it feels like there's still so much left to figure out. Here are the strategies that have helped me keep perspective.
40:35
February 16, 2021
Should Ricky Gerard Get a 2nd Chance? (HopperTalk #02)
We're giving this new episode format a second go this week, talking through 14 random questions like where Lebron James might place at the CrossFit Games, what old person things that we do, pet peeves, and lots more!
45:39
February 09, 2021
Greg Everett on Becoming Tough
Greg Everett is the founder of Catalyst Athletics and the author of the new book, "Tough." In this conversation, we dive into pursuing toughness by developing our character, our capability, our capacity, and our commitment.
59:20
February 02, 2021
Great Coaches Beat Great Programming (2:00 Drill #23)
We're reaching back into the grab bag of your questions for this month's 2:00 Drill, talking about helping kids with mindset, scaling businesses, my thoughts on the value of hypertrophy training alongside CrossFit, and more.
24:45
January 26, 2021
Steven Kotler on Accomplishing the Impossible
Steven Kotler is the author of 13 books, including "The Rise of Superman." His newest book, "The Art of Impossible" is a deep dive into how to achieve peak performance, and is out now.
01:10:38
January 19, 2021
More Books, Movies, & Podcast Recommendations
We're always getting questions about the books, movies, and podcasts we've enjoyed lately - so this week we're doing a 3x3 to help fill your bookshelves, Netflix queues, & Spotify playlists. All links are in the show notes!
38:13
January 12, 2021
Don't Chase Happiness
Is the advice to "just do what makes you happy" a bad strategy? That's what we're talking about today, diving into what creates fulfillment, why we have to be careful about always opting for "fun," and loving the process.
29:58
January 05, 2021
Advice to a 12-Year-Old CrossFitter (2:00 Drill #22)
The 2:00 Drill is back this week, answering your questions about discipline and consistency, why I no longer do certain movements in my training, and my advice for how to work with and lead "sled dogs."
47:25
December 29, 2020
What's the Big Thing You're Chasing? (HopperTalk #01)
We're testing out a new (fun?) show format this week called 10 Questions. Patrick and I share our answers to a handful of random questions, including popular things that are annoying and the most underrated CrossFit athletes.
51:17
December 22, 2020
The Hierarchy of Mindset
Do you need to develop a killer instinct to get to the top of your chosen sport or profession? That's what we're talking about today, diving into my hierarchy of mindset and the 80/20 rule for tapping into the dark side.
33:60
December 15, 2020
Opening Gyms, Leadership Skills, & Mindset Hacks
In this month's rendition of the 3x3, I'm tackling not obvious things to do before opening a gym, lead more effectively, and ways to develop more of a growth mindset.
52:58
December 08, 2020
Back to Training After COVID (2:00 Drill #21)
Back at the 2:00 Drill this week, answering your questions about the importance of heart rate, how to work with clients who aren't bought in, how Katrin overcame her back injury, and lots more.
41:22
December 01, 2020
5 Characteristics of an Effective Coach
This week, I'm breaking down the five traits all coaches need to strengthen to be effective: enthusiasm, curiosity, empathy, confidence, and subject matter expertise.
33:24
November 24, 2020
Telling Stories, Hard Conversations, & Life Lessons
We're back at our 3x3 this week, talking self-fulfilling prophesies that don't serve us, ways to enter into difficult conversations, and the lessons I've learned the hard way.
26:12
November 17, 2020
Designing a High School Health Curriculum
What would I do if granted the ability to design and implement a high school health curriculum? That's the hypothetical we're talking about today, covering the different ways I'd introduce the Five Factors to the students.
25:16
November 10, 2020
Reflections on the 2020 CrossFit Games
We're home from the 2020 CrossFit Games and have lots of thoughts, hope for the future, and work to do. Here's my recap of our time out in Aromas.
44:30
November 03, 2020
James Clear on Working Backwards From Magic
Author James Clear joins us this week to talk about opportunity costs, why reading is such a valuable habit, and why entrepreneurship is such a powerful engine of personal growth.
49:19
October 27, 2020
The Best Workout After a Cheat Day (2:00 Drill #20)
We're jumping back into your questions this week, covering things like training for the CrossFit Games as a teen, how to warm-up for an early-morning workout, and the advice I hear all the time that I think is bad.
46:08
October 20, 2020
Lessons from Six Months of Lockdown
Reflecting on the last six months of being in lockdown, today we're talking about being a realist, what to do when we're surrounded by negativity, and balancing being in the moment and anticipating the future.
32:32
October 13, 2020
Define Success, Eliminate Everything Else
I recently joined Greg McKeown on the Essentialism podcast, where we talked about measuring the most important things, learning about my leadership biases, and editing our lives to be sure there's space for the essential few. Here's our conversation.
34:51
October 06, 2020
CrossFit Games Lessons, Benchmarks, and Trends
Post Stage 1 of the 2020 CrossFit Games, we're talking about the lessons I'm taking away from the weekend, the benchmarks I'd use to assess an athlete's capacity, and what I'm anticipating for the future of the sport.
40:55
September 29, 2020
Common Mistakes CrossFit Coaches Are Making
There are best practices that every CrossFit coach can use to make their classes more professional and more effective. They include things like starting workouts better, not making eye contact, and using too many filler words.
34:49
September 22, 2020
Don't Try to Win Today (2:00 Drill #19)
We're diving back into your questions this episode, covering topics from Wim Hof to why we don't program high-level gymnastics movements at CFNE to my advice for gyms as we continue to navigate these tough economic conditions.
44:15
September 15, 2020
Building a Goals First Nutrition Strategy
In early 2017, we did an episode about simplifying nutrition. This week, we're continuing to think about how to cut through the noise, focusing on how our goals and our eating styles should determine our nutrition strategy.
45:08
September 08, 2020
10 Principles of Training for Longevity
These days, I'm no longer training for peak performance, but for longevity and function. In this episode, we break down the ten principles you should be focused on in the gym if you want to do the same.
44:01
August 31, 2020
Valuable Skills, Health Metrics, & Resiliency Tips
In this round of our 3x3, I'm giving my three hot takes on skills worth developing, health metrics to track, and strategies for staying resilient. We touch on the power of focus, parenting with a growth mindset, and more.
38:48
August 24, 2020
Peloton vs C2 Bike for CrossFit? (2:00 Drill #18)
We're diving back into listener questions this week, talking about the difference between being proud and being prideful, my advice for using weightlifting shoes during metcons, what's on the horizon for CompTrain, and more!
25:01
August 17, 2020
How to Use CrossFit to Train for Other Sports
We often talk about using CrossFit to get better at CrossFit, but what if your athletic pursuits happen outside the gym? We're talking about that this episode, focusing on lifestyle, competitive, and endurance athletes.
52:11
August 10, 2020
Assessing Each of the 10 Components of Fitness
We've talked before about paying attention to all ten of the components of fitness. Today, we're looking at how I might measure and assess each one in an attempt to understand where an athlete's weakest link might lie.
43:36
August 03, 2020
Mindset Strategies for Your Next Workout
We talk a lot about the power of mindset. Today we're bringing many of the principles we've touched on before down to the level of tomorrow's training session, discussing tips for before, during, and after a workout.
42:42
July 27, 2020
Creating a Hierarchy of Values (2:00 Drill #17)
The 2:00 Drill returns this week! We're answering your questions about self-sabotage, using movements like burpees as punishment for kids, and the powerlifting program I'd recommend alongside CompTrain programming, and more.
41:46
July 20, 2020
Silver Linings, Performance Factors, & CrossFit's Direction
The 3x3 is back! I'm offering some thoughts on 3 silver linings I'm paying attention to, 3 factors that determine performance, and 3 signs that will make me hopeful about CFHQ's new leadership.
44:25
July 13, 2020
#132: Measuring Consistency w/ EC Synkowski
EC Synkowski from OptimizeMe Nutrition is back to talk about how the five factors compare to the four measurables she tracks through The Consistency Project and the importance of simplifying our pursuit of health.
45:37
July 06, 2020
#131: The Last Two Weeks in CrossFit
These last few weeks have certainly been the craziest in the history of CrossFit. We break down what's happened, the current state of things, and my thoughts on CFHQ's new owner.
48:17
June 29, 2020
#130: Answering Your Questions About Training
We're back with an AMA I did on the CompTrain Instagram page. I'm answering questions about coming back to the gym post-COVID lockdowns, if we'll continue doing CrossFit benchmarks, getting better at toes-to-bar, and more.
34:21
June 22, 2020
AMA on Current State of CrossFit
This week, we've got an AMA I did on Instagram Live, answering some of your questions on the current state of CrossFit, affiliation, and certification, as well as my hopes for the future.
29:16
June 15, 2020
#128: The Four Virtues w/ Ryan Holiday
Writer Ryan Holiday joins us to talk about Stoicism, the current unrest in the U.S. as we grapple with racial injustice, and the importance of developing self-awareness.
01:04:33
June 08, 2020
#127: AMRAPing Life w/ Jason Khalipa
Jason Khalipa, former CrossFit Games champ and founder of NCFIT, joins us this week to talk about the AMRAP Mentality, earned confidence, and the value of consistently checking in with yourself.
52:40
June 01, 2020
#126: We are Prepared for This
If you're struggling to keep your head up during these tough times, if you're stressed about what might happen, if you need a reminder of just what you're made of ... this episode is for you.
22:48
May 25, 2020
#125: Assessing Mindsets, Pursuing Opportunities, & Reopening Gyms (3x3, #08)
This week's 3x3 includes three ways you can assess your mental toughness, three things I'm focused on while being in lockdown, and three things gyms should keep in mind as they begin to reopen.
37:59
May 18, 2020
#124: Staying Competitive Despite the Lockdowns
Talking this week about how we're thinking about and planning for the 2020 CrossFit Games, my advice to athletes looking to continue making progress during the lockdowns, and why programming for yourself is a bad idea.
41:48
May 11, 2020
#123: How to Keep the Training Intensity at Home (2:00, #16)
We asked you guys to send us some lockdown specific questions for this week's 2:00 Drill, and you didn't disappoint. We tackle whether I think gym members should be paying full price right now, limiting words, and what to do to make sure we don't get too down.
41:49
May 04, 2020
#122: Useful Supplements, Uncommon Exercises, & Trust Buiding (3x3, #07)
The 3x3 returns this week with my hot takes on the 3 supplements every CrossFit athlete should take, the 3 exercises we should be doing (that won't show up in your CrossFit programming), and 3 ways to develop trust.
22:26
April 27, 2020
#121: 10 Habits to Avoid During Quarantine
This week, we're revisiting one of our most popular episodes - but for our quarantine times. Here is my list of 10 bad habits to avoid while we're all locked in our houses.
46:51
April 20, 2020
#120: The Unknown and the Unknowable
This week, Patrick and I catching up after a few weeks of quarantine and talking about shifting our routines, how we responded at CFNE, and the best way to fight the anxiety of the times.
38:41
April 13, 2020
#119: Success Isn't About Working Harder
This week's episode is borrowed from Jason Khalipa's podcast, Business of Fitness. Down at WODapalooza this year, Ben & Jason sat down to talk about managing, working hard, delegation, & leadership.
36:53
April 06, 2020
#118: Knowing When it's Time to Make a Change
We're talking about knowing how to differentiate between when it's time to go (change gyms, leave a job, end a relationship) and when it's time to make the situation better by making ourselves better.
24:26
March 30, 2020
#117: Athlete Reads, Garage Gym Gear, & Sleep Tips (3x3 #06)
The 3x3 is back this week! I give you 3 books every athlete should read, 3 pieces of gear I'd recommend for any home gym, and 3 ways to get at better night of sleep tonight.
21:10
March 23, 2020
#116: Turning Broad Goals into Concrete Action
We're breaking down the process I've used to transform my higher-level goals into daily actions, why accountability partners are so helpful, and why it's not enough to say things like, "I want to lose 15 pounds this year."
32:22
March 16, 2020
#115: Benchmarks Worth Testing Yearly (2:00 Drill #15)
The 2:00 Drill returns! This time around, we're answering your questions about whether we should be doing HSPU, how triathlon training can help someone's CrossFitting, and what kind of benchmark workouts you should be keeping track of.
23:41
March 09, 2020
#114: Complain Less, Communicate More
We're talking about how you can raise concerns and have difficult conversations without feeling like you're whining, complaining, or making excuses.
24:08
March 02, 2020
#113: 3x3 on Gym Metrics, Getting Organized, & Difficult People
The 3x3 is back! This week, I'm offering my take on the 3 numbers every gym owner should know, 3 ways to get organized, and 3 ways to deal with difficult people.
24:49
February 24, 2020
#112: Tips for Overcoming Performance Anxiety
We're taking a few listener questions this week about how I'd coach somebody through performance anxieties that are getting in the way of competing, training, and enjoying the process. We talk about how to make practice more like game day, why Rich Froning loves EMOMs, and what I'd do with an athlete who gets nervous when the weight gets too high.
25:20
February 17, 2020
#111: How to Maintain Your Edge When Training Solo (2:00, #14)
We're diving back into your questions this week, including my thoughts on four-day workweeks, how to judge a gym from afar, and how I prioritize what I focus on every day.
37:20
February 10, 2020
#110: Mental Toughness Isn't What You Think
We're diving deep into the 6 steps we all need to take if we want to develop more mental toughness, including becoming a learner, expecting adversity, and killing the critic.
57:22
February 03, 2020
#109: 3x3 on Worthwhile Mistakes, Health Markers, & Self-Help Books
This week's 3x3 is looking at mistakes I think everyone should make, shortcuts to assessing overall health, & self-development books I've found helpful.
26:22
January 27, 2020
#108: When People Judge Your Passion
We're answering a few listener questions this week about how to respond to people who don't get why you're dedicating your time and energy to something they don't understand (like trying to make it to the CrossFit Games).
30:22
January 20, 2020
#107: Don't Wear a Weight Vest Every Day (2:00 Drill #13)
Another 2:00 Drill this week, covering questions about cheat meals, getting the most out of what you're reading, and tips on gaining weight.
29:14
January 13, 2020
#106: Behind the Scenes of My TEDx Talk
We're going behind the scenes of my recent TEDx talk, talking about the kind of prep I did, the process of cutting it from 50 minutes to 12, and what it was like working with a coach.
33:07
January 06, 2020
#105: 3x3 on Morning Routines, Parenting Tips, & Phone Usage
We're back with another 3x3! This week, we're talking about 3 things I recommend everybody do every morning, 3 tips for parents of teenagers, and 3 ways to stop being so addicted to your phone.
38:20
December 30, 2019
#104: On Calmness & Complacency
We're answering a listener question today about responding to adversity, the balance between staying Stoic & being complacent, & how to know when you're reaching for something beyond your control.
16:37
December 23, 2019
#103: Why CrossFit Shouldn't be in the Olympics (2:00 Drill, #12)
We're back for more of your questions this week! We're talking about whether CrossFit should be in the Olympics, my tips for triathlon training, and my thoughts on "faking it until you make it."
37:45
December 16, 2019
#102: The 10 Principles of Training
We're breaking down the fifth of our 5 Factors of Health, this time diving into the principles you should keep in mind as it relates to training for health and longevity.
44:42
December 09, 2019
#101: Reinvestment & Infinite Games
We're talking about why reinvesting back into the business is really just investing in yourself, how to know when you're ready to go all-in, and whether I think differently about reinvestment today than I did ten years ago.
35:10
December 02, 2019
#100: 3x3 on Worthwhile Expenses, Lousy Excuses, & Travel Workouts
The 3x3 is back! This time we're tackling 3 things you should be spending your money on, 3 excuses we should all stop using, and 3 movements to do next time you're on the road and away from the gym.
27:30
November 25, 2019
#099: CrossFitting While Pregnant
Heather stops by to talk about how she thought about doing CrossFit while she was pregnant, and we answer some listener questions about what training and nutrition advice we'd give for folks before, during, and post pregnancy.
32:14
November 18, 2019
#098: The Discipline I Most Attribute To My Success (2:00 Drill #11)
We’re back with another episode of the Two Minute Drill! This time around, I’m answering questions about how to raise money for gym improvements from your current membership, training in a fasted state, & the discipline I most attribute to my own success.
27:15
November 11, 2019
#097: The 5 P's of Decision Making
We're taking a 10'000 foot view on how to make decisions, discussing how to factor in our principles, priorities, & purpose to make sure our lives are headed in the right direction.
36:17
November 04, 2019
#096: 10 Principles of Mindset
We’re breaking down another one of our 5 Factors of Health, offering up the 10 principles of thinking meant to get your mindset right.
28:05
October 28, 2019
#095: 3x3 on Nutrition Tips, Fitness Routines, & Necessary People
We’re talking about 3 nutrition tips you probably haven’t heard, 3 fitness routines (that aren’t CrossFit) worth trying, & the 3 types of people everybody should have in their lives.
23:36
October 21, 2019
#094: How to Control Outcomes
A listener question about our intro sequence triggers a conversation about control vs concern, reactions vs responses, and the moments right after something happens during which our choices make a world of difference.
28:26
October 14, 2019
#093: The One Word I Use to Define Success (2:00 Drill #10)
We’re tackling 14 more listener questions in this 2 Minute Drill, including how I think about the value of strict movements versus kipping, how we respond to athletes who show up to class late, and the difference between self-assessment and self-criticism. Thank you to everybody who sends in questions! Keep them coming, please.
33:05
October 07, 2019
#092: 10 Principles of Nutrition
We’re breaking down another one of our 5 Factors of Health. We’re talking about avoiding sugar, eating more veggies, understanding good vs bad fats, and how to eat mindfully.
33:17
September 30, 2019
#091: Tactics of Coaching Games Athletes
We're talking about the technologies & metrics I use to optimize training, the psychological effects of wearing the leader's jersey during the Games, & how I push my athletes out of their comfort zones without risking injury.
34:54
September 23, 2019
#090: 3x3 on Limiting Words, Time Hacks, & Great Movies
We’re introducing a new episode format this week, breaking down 3 limiting words that are holding us back, 3 time-saving hacks, & 3 great movies that anybody chasing excellence should watch.
31:59
September 16, 2019
#089: The Rationale Behind Rx'd Workouts
We’re taking a look at the CrossFit convention of prescribing specific weights, the arguments for and against doing so, and the importance of understanding the intended stimulus of a workout.
31:05
September 09, 2019
#088: Two Minute Drill, #9
We’re answering more listener questions, including my tips for increasing your pull-up strength, how to recover better when you’re an older athlete, and whether CompTrain will ever field a team at the CrossFit Games.
32:57
September 02, 2019
#087: Leading Kids Effectively
We’re talking about how to create a culture for kids that’s all about developing a growth mindset, how I would suggest parents create a physical education curriculum for their kids, & why I don’t think it’s the job of the leader to push a kid to find their passion or purpose.
33:21
August 26, 2019
#086: The Class Experience Scorecard
We’re taking a look at a theoretical scorecard I put together to judge how effectively a class is being organized and run. We cover subjects like how you set-up the room, why you coach more and talk less, & how to use music to create an exciting environment.
33:24
August 19, 2019
#085: The 10 Components of Fitness
We’re going over the ten general physical skills that we’re trying to maximize in the gym, the sports that test them best, and whether I think practicing is more difficult than training.
25:23
August 12, 2019
#084: Two Minute Drill #8, w EC Syncowski
EC is back to tackle some listener questions! We talk about supplementation for average CrossFitters, what a healthy diet looks like for kids, and whether gut microbiome tests are worth doing.
30:13
August 05, 2019
#083: The Origins of NOBULL
We’ve got the co-founder of NOBULL, Marcus Wilson, on to talk about how to spot the right people to work with, why NOBULL had to build a brand before they had products to sell, and how it was that they had the confidence to go up against the big guns in the footwear and apparel business.
48:54
July 29, 2019
#082: How to Start CrossFit By Yourself
We’re discussing how I would advise different kinds of people who want to start CrossFit but who are unable or unwilling to go to an affiliate.
35:24
July 22, 2019
#081: Leaderboarding in Real Life
We’re talking about the dangers of comparing ourselves to others, the role education has in setting us up to chase the wrong things, and how we can learn from our peers without letting their lives dictate our own pursuits.
37:49
July 15, 2019
#080: Building a Stronger Brand
We’re diving deep into marketing, branding, and advertising. We cover topics like the marketing hourglass, why advertising doesn’t work for CrossFit affiliates, creating talk triggers, and understanding your three uniques.
01:07:27
July 08, 2019
#079: Two Minute Drill, #7
We’re answering more of your questions, covering topics from how to deal with doubt midway through a workout to what advice I’d give leaders who are tasked with motivating reluctant people.
40:06
July 01, 2019
#078: 25 Questions for E.C. Synkowski
E.C. Syncowski of OptimizeME Nutrition is back for a round of rapid-fire questions. We get her thoughts on everything from probiotics, dairy, and bacon, to bread, powdered greens, and alcohol.
24:06
June 24, 2019
#077: Comparing Solo & Group Training
We’re talking about what type of athletes thrive in a one-on-one environment, the differences between progressions and periodization in your programming, and whether I think coaches should specialize in either group or individual training.
47:29
June 17, 2019
#076: 14 Ways to Recover Better
We're talking about a bunch of ways to recover from our workouts better, from simple foam rolling to electric stimulation and float tanks.
51:22
June 10, 2019
#075: Scaling Culture at CrossFit TILT
We’ve got Max Isaak in to talk about what we’re doing at CrossFit TILT, how I think about scaling culture across multiple gyms, and the distinction between being a leader and a business owner.
37:53
June 03, 2019
#074: Win or Learn
We’re talking about failing, the difference between pain and suffering, and why I think the ability to learn from our failures is a skill everybody should learn to cultivate.
32:39
May 31, 2019
#073: Two Minute Drill #6
We're tackling some more of your questions this week, including the food I'd recommend you eat before a workout, what I'd do differently if I was starting CFNE today, and my tips on overcoming performance anxiety.
22:22
May 20, 2019
#072: Optimize Your Nutrition, w/ EC Synkowski
We’ve got EC Syncowski of OptimizeMe Nutrition in to talk about the fundamentals of a good diet, the 800g Challenge, and whether it’s more important to focus on the quality or the quantity of our food.
55:09
May 13, 2019
#071: The Theoretical Development of a Business
We’re walking through the framework I’ve developed for building CrossFit New England, which has five areas of focus: Culture, Product, Marketing, Management, and Systems.
01:07:18
May 06, 2019
#070: Top Trends Inside the CrossFit Community
We’re exploring some of the common trends we’ve seen come and (sometimes) go within CrossFit over the years, including the Zone Diet, post-workout chocolate milk, and subscriptions to mobility programming.
58:34
April 29, 2019
#069: Embrace the Chase
We’re tackling the concept of chasing excellence head on, talking about putting first things first & why pursuing success isn’t as meaningful as the pursuit itself.
37:11
April 22, 2019
#068: The Changing Landscape of CrossFit
We’re diving into all the changes at CrossFit, why the Sanctionals are better tests than Regionals, and how re-learning what it takes to get to the Games now.
50:14
April 15, 2019
#067: Danger Foods
We’re covering some of the foods you want to consider avoiding in your pursuit of better health, as well as a breakdown of how some simple changes can have a huge impact on the overall quality of what you’re eating.
39:09
April 08, 2019
#066: Two Minute Drill, #5
We’re tackling more of your questions, talking about training seniors, active recovery, and whether I’ve ever considered a vegan diet.
28:59
April 01, 2019
#065: Prioritizing the 5 Factors, w/ Katrin Davidsdottir
Katrin is back to talk with us about the difference between pursuing health and optimal performance, as well as some of the hacks we’ve found to sleep better, eat cleaner, and train harder.
43:36
March 25, 2019
#064: Responding to Training Setbacks
We’re diving into some ways to avoid overuse injuries in the gym, how to think about coming back from whatever setbacks may have derailed your training, & what we do as an affiliate to try to minimize injuries from happening at all.
33:33
March 18, 2019
#063: 10 Principles of Connection
We’re covering the ten ways we can all do a better job of connecting with each other - things like seeking first to understand, asking interesting questions, and complimenting without hesitation.
22:11
March 11, 2019
#062: Two Minute Drill, #4
We're tackling some of your questions, covering topics from mobility, to what I think about people who train to the point of sickness, to whether bodybuilding has a role inside of CrossFit training.
42:50
March 04, 2019
#061: How I Think About Coaching
We’re talking about how to climb the ladder of leadership with your athletes, why you should never ask a client why something isn’t working, and how to get the most out of your coaches.
01:02:50
February 25, 2019
#060: Building Stronger Nutritional Strategies
We’re talking about some of the ways you can set yourself up for nutritional success at home, at the office, and when you go out to eat.
42:38
February 18, 2019
#059: Running Your Gym Like a Private School
We're talking about how CrossFit New England on-boards new members, the three things we believe can guarantee our members' success, & why gyms should be paying attention to their churn rate.
31:56
February 11, 2019
#058: Embracing Vulnerability, with Heather Bergeron
Heather joins us in this episode to talk about living a life of honesty, dealing with the judgments of others, & why being vulnerable is how we can build trust.
37:18
February 04, 2019
#057: Two Minute Drill, #3
I'm answering your questions on subjects like ideal body fat for health, whether fear is a good motivator for change, & what I would do if I had to start my coaching career over from scratch.
34:53
January 28, 2019
#056: Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals, with Katrin Davidsdottir
Katrin joins us to talk about how we came to start working together, how we think about & build toward our goals, & when we start creating the year's training plan.
42:05
January 21, 2019
#055: Defining & Pursuing Balance
We're breaking down what I mean when I say that I'm seeking balance in my life.
28:53
January 14, 2019
#054: Starting a Career in CrossFit
We're talking about the journey I took from being a personal trainer to building CrossFit New England as it stands today, what young trainers who want to start a gym should do first, & my best advice for owners who have just opened their doors.
45:40
January 07, 2019
#053: 10 Principles for Better Sleep
We’re talking about developing better sleep habits & why optimizing our sleep is really optimizing our health.
33:36
December 17, 2018
#052: A Masters Athlete's Guide to Competing
In this episode: We're talking about strategies for maximizing the competitive career of a master's athlete.
30:47
December 05, 2018
#051: Learning to Flip Fear Around
We're talking about evolutionary sources of fear, the role it has played in my life, & how to use fear to make yourself better.
28:03
November 24, 2018
#050: Favorite Books, Podcasts, Films, & People
In this episode: We're covering the books & other resources that I most frequently recommend.
01:04:36
November 16, 2018
#049: Game Day Nutrition
We're talking about the best practices & common mistakes of keeping your nutrition on point during your next CrossFit competition.
37:07
November 05, 2018
#048: What it Means to be Productive
We're talking about putting first things first, the number of hours the average American spends watching television, & how I schedule my days & weeks to ensure I'm being effective.
45:42
October 25, 2018
#047: Two Minute Drill, Take #2
We’re answering listener questions, including my advice to young athletes who want to make CrossFit a professional endeavor, recommended approaches to uncover food sensitivity issues, & my morning routine.
40:40
October 15, 2018
#046: Earning Trust & Building Teams
We're talking about the philosophy & the process we take at CFNE to hire new people, the value of trust, & how to share your vision so that the whole team buys into it.
52:24
October 05, 2018
#045: Don't Get Bamboozled by Big Food
We're talking about some of the reasons we're set up to fail when trying to eat clean, as well as a bunch of foods & ingredients to look out for as we pursue better health.
37:24
September 25, 2018
#044: Talent, Opportunities, & Effort
We're talking about whether Katrin, Fraser, & Tia are more talented than other athletes, the value of deliberate practice, & why I think it's important to first define what you would consider a success.
28:30
September 11, 2018
#043: What to Do About Your Weaknesses
In this episode: We're talking about how to attack weaknesses in the gym, how to play to our strengths outside the gym, & how I've come to think about the areas in my own life I want to focus on improving. Show Notes: 01:54 - How I think about getting to the bottom of movement or performance issues 8:55 - Why I don't only competitive athletes should be focusing on their weaknesses 16:48 - What I think are the cross-over benefits to real life of learning how to attack weaknesses in the gym 23:14 - My thoughts on whether it ever makes sense to go hard on our weaknesses, even in lieu of strengths 28:55 - How I've come to think about & through my own areas of weakness // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
37:58
August 28, 2018
#042: Desert Island Health
In this episode: We're imposing some imaginary constraints to explore some of my health & fitness principles. Topics include which CrossFit benchmarks workouts I'd pick to repeat forever if I had to, what single meal I would eat if I had to only eat one meal for the rest of my life, & what single movement I'd choose if I could only do one. Show Notes: 01:30 - My pick for what movement in the gym I would pick if I could only do one for the rest of my life 08:00 - If I could only do 3 CrossFit benchmarks workouts, on repeat, for the rest of my life, these are the 3 I'd choose. 15:49 - My answer to which would be worse to endure: Sleeping only 4 hours a nice, every night; eating only food at the local house of pizza; or only working out twice a week. 19:00 - Some of my go-to workouts when I don't have any equipment to use 22:20 - The single meal I would eat every day, for every meal, if I had to limit myself to it. 28:00 - The people I would gather around a table to learn from, if I could pick from anybody past or present. // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
32:41
August 15, 2018
#041: Tips to Improve Competitive Performance
In this episode: We're talking about ways to be more competitive in the sport of CrossFit. Topics include how to get better at muscle-ups, tips for improving your double unders, & my best advice for athletes who don't have a coach. Show Notes: 02:06 - Quick recap of the Theoretical Development of a Champion 03:55 - My best advice for a competitor I've never seen compete or train 09:36 - Something I think too many athletes are doing in daily training 12:35 - Something I think not enough athletes are doing in their daily training 14:41 - My thoughts on elite athletes not always eating "clean" 17:37 - Tips for getting better at muscle-ups 21:01 - Tips for getting better at double-unders 22:40 - Watch Molly Metz do 10 minutes of UB double-unders here [https://youtu.be/0-PS4jK2LOI] 26:11 - How to get better at touch & go reps 29:34 - Advice on events that have a rower/Trueform/bike, etc 32:57 - What to do if you don't have a competitive coach to work with 35:06 - A sneak peak at something new from CompTrain [Subscribe on Apple Podcasts here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-comptrain-radio/id1420154954] // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
38:20
August 03, 2018
#040: Effective Parenting Tactics
I'm covering some of the most impactful parenting tips I've learned, including praising effort instead of talent, not keeping any junk food in the house, and why we don't let our kids quit. Show Notes: 01:33 - All Pro Dad article: https://www.allprodad.com/10-things-i-hope-my-children-remember-about-me-as-a-father 02:30 - Put your spouse first, not the kids 05:18 - Praise effort, not talent or achievement 05:56 - Grab "Grit" by Angela Duckworth here [https://amzn.to/2Lg2nP1], & "Mindset" by Carol Dweck here [https://amzn.to/2uuvHYy] 11:10 - Don't keep junk in the house 14:55 - Follow through on your promises 19:58 - Be vulnerable, but never complain 22:25 - Sympathize with them 23:51 - Grab "Never Split the Difference" by Chris Voss here [https://amzn.to/2uydid7] 27:15 - Don't let them quit 33:08 - Talk with them about money 36:47 - The importance of sleep // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
43:55
July 18, 2018
#039: 10 Ways to Lead from the Front in Your Gym
In this episode: I'm going through ten of the ways I try to lead in my affiliate, including taking our own classes, welcoming feedback, & following through on what I say. Show Notes: 01:50 - #1: Take your own classes & follow your own programming 04:53 - #2: Move well 06:25 - #3: Eat clean 10:04 - #4: Use people's names & look them in the eye 17:14 - #5: Follow through on what you say 19:46 - #6: Welcome feedback & don't be defensive 22:04 - #7: Admit when you don't know something 24:05 - #8: Be the first to arrive & the last to leave 25:38 - #9: Never complain, never whine, never make excuses 27:44 - #10: Smile // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
30:54
July 03, 2018
#038: Why CrossFit is Different than the CrossFit Games
In this episode: I'm talking about the primary differences between the CrossFit that happens in our gym & the CrossFit that happens in Madison every summer. Show Notes: 02:02 - How I've come to think about the differentiation between CrossFit and the CrossFit Games 04:05 - My Mt. Everest analogy 07:01 - Why your focus shouldn't be on intensity 08:03 - Mechanics 09:59 - Consistency 10:35 - Appropriate Intensity 13:21 - How the goals of a CrossFit gym member is different than those of a CrossFit athlete 16:09 - Where I think we'll be in 30 years. // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
17:53
June 20, 2018
#037: The Benefits of Negative Visualization
In this episode, we're talking about tactful conflict resolution, the benefits of talking through "If, Then" scenarios, & why thinking through what might go wrong is a great way to make things go right.
28:25
June 05, 2018
#036: 10 Habits You Should Stop Having
I cover 10 things we shouldn't be doing, including hitting the snooze button, watching the news, & leaving dishes in the sink.
24:26
May 22, 2018
#035: The Secret to the Good Life
In this short episode: I talk about the two questions you should be asking yourself consistently if you want to live a fulfilled life, and why you shouldn't always trust your feelings in pursuit of your goals. Show Notes: 00:01:55 - The first question everyone should be asking themselves 00:04:04 - The second question everyone should be asking themselves 00:04:30 - Grab Stephen Covey"s "7 Habits" [http://amzn.to/2miHUMI] & "First Things First" [https://amzn.to/2KJU9LR] 00:06:05 - Why your feelings can be misguided 00:08:00 - The role of fear // Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
12:38
May 08, 2018
#034: Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
I'm answering some of the most common nutrition questions we get at the gym, from which supplements I recommend to intermittent fasting, from hydration to how much red meat is too much. Show Notes: 00:00:50 - Watch all the CFNE Way Episodes here: https://goo.gl/u8Nfkv 00:02:22 - What sources would you recommend for a deeper dive into learning about nutrition? 00:04:30 - Grab Michael Pollan's books here: "In Defense of Food [https://amzn.to/2qOazd4], "Omnivore's Dilemma" [https://amzn.to/2qLRYPl], "Food Rules" [https://amzn.to/2HfxXLv] 00:05:15 - Robb Wolf's website: https://robbwolf.com/ 00:05:57 - Grab Robb Wolf's books here: "Paleo Solution" [https://amzn.to/2K3WZuH], "Wired to Eat" [https://amzn.to/2HB2DGt] 00:05:50 - Watch the Joe Rogan/Robb Wolf episode here: https://goo.gl/qgWcff 00:06:01 - Grab Gary Taubes's books here: "Good Calories, Bad Calories" [https://amzn.to/2F2TOjp], "Why We Get Fat" [https://amzn.to/2HOkwiH], "The Case Against Sugar" [https://amzn.to/2HG74zW] 00:06:50 - Chris Kresser's website here: https://chriskresser.com/ 00:08:06 - What supplement is overused? 00:09:02 - What supplement is underused? 00:10:24 - What is cod liver oil & why should I take it? 00:12:23 - Are veggies still good if I turn them into a shake? 00:13:36 - How much red meat is too much red meat? 00:14:37 - What is a good alternative if I can't afford grass-fed/wild caught meats? 00:16:17 - If I have a race or event coming up, should I carb load? 00:16:48 - What is intermittent fasting? 00:17:53 - How hydrated do I need to be normally? 00:20:20 - Are more, smaller meals better than fewer, larger ones? 00:22:37 - If I'm eating the amount I should, why am I still hungry?
25:31
April 24, 2018
#033: Assessing Health by Measuring Fitness
Talking about going to the doctor, why how many burpees you can do in a minute is an indication of more than just your fitness, & the difference between being a swim coach & a lifeguard.
21:52
April 11, 2018
#032: Breaking Down the Five Factors of Health
We're talking about good habits & bad, the three steps of every habit, & about taking small steps in the right direction. // You can see the poster here: https://goo.gl/hi4BhA
18:35
March 28, 2018
#031: A Recipe for Better Habits
We're talking about good habits & bad, the three steps of every habit, & about taking small steps in the right direction. // Grab "Chasing Excellence" here: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q
34:12
March 07, 2018
#030: Two Minute Drill, Take 1
In this episode: Answering some listener questions, including the how to balance intensity & volume in training, what I'm working to improve these days, & my recommendations for athletes coming back from injury.
24:52
February 23, 2018
#029: Getting the Most Out of Your Training
We’re talking about why we put so much emphasis on recovering well, touching on nutrition, sleep, muscle work, icing versus heat, stress, & much more.
31:46
February 07, 2018
#028: Strengthening Your Grit Muscles
We're talking about resilience, a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, & why hard work is more important than talent.
22:55
January 17, 2018
#027: The Development of a Champion
We're breaking down the theoretical development of a champion & what makes the difference between good athletes & great athletes.
24:53
January 02, 2018
#026: Answering the Questions from Tribe of Mentors
We're answering the 11 questions posed in Tim Ferriss's new book Tribe of Mentors. Subjects include the books that have influenced me the most, how caffeine is amazing in small doses, & why I don't believe in failure.
15:13
December 14, 2017
#025: The Value of Thinking Big
We're talking about how CFNE, CompTrain, Project:Elevation, & working with Elite CrossFit Games athletes are all part of the same mission.
38:18
November 29, 2017
#024: Fueling the CrossFit Athlete
We're talking about why nutrition is so important in the sport of CrossFit, ideal body fat percentages for athletes, & what supplements I recommend CrossFit athletes take.
28:23
November 07, 2017
#023: Maximizing Your Minutes
Talking about time management, putting first things first, & why it'd be great if email wasn't a thing.
31:48
October 24, 2017
#022: The Importance of Being Strong Enough
In this episode: We're talking about why athletes who want to make waves in the sport of CrossFit need to focus on getting strong enough to actually be competitive.
20:32
October 11, 2017
#021: W.H.O.O.P.I.E.
We're breaking down an acronym that can help you set better goals & achieve bigger things.
20:01
September 28, 2017
#020: 2017 CrossFit Games Debrief
We're talking about Madison, the programming, & the lessons we learned during the 2017 season
34:16
September 01, 2017
#019: Katrin Davidsdottir
In this episode: Talking with Katrin Davidsdottir about moving to the U.S. to train, surrounding yourself with the right people, & putting in 100% effort.
47:14
August 01, 2017
#018: Putting Character First
We're talking about why I always start with character, the value of spending time in silence, & what most people are missing in their training.
27:36
July 26, 2017
#017: Preparing for the Games
Talking about my month-long CrossFit Games training camp, why eliminating distractions are important, & how excellence is contagious.
26:48
July 11, 2017
#016: How to Train with Intention
We're talking about the difference between practice, training, & competition, & why you should go into every session at the gym knowing which mode you're in.
27:49
June 06, 2017
#015: Redefining Adversity
Talking about why a busted ACL can be a good thing, what Brent Fikowski, Tom Brady, & Katrin Davidsdottir have in common, & why you should focus less on what happens & more on how you respond to what happens.
23:28
May 24, 2017
#014: Simplifying Nutrition
We're talking about why I prefer to keep my nutritional advice simple, the value of getting blood work done, & why both quality & quantity matters.
26:22
May 03, 2017
#013: Working With Members Who Compete
Talking about the best ways I've found to work with my members who want to compete in CrossFit, without losing their connection to our community.
21:57
April 18, 2017
#012: How to Chase Happiness
We talk about why happiness doesn't live on the other side of achievement, gratitude, & why relationships matter more than money.
28:02
April 03, 2017
#011: Cole Sager
Cole Sager stops in to talk about growing up in a small town, his football career, & the "why" behind everything he does.
52:20
March 21, 2017
#010: Conditioning-Biased Programming
Talking about the difference between programming for competitors versus members of our affiliates, the downfalls of strength-biased programming, & why less is almost always more.
26:53
March 07, 2017
#009: Living Based on Core Values
We discuss how I think about Core Values today versus how I used to think about them, & why they're so important to think about every single day.
30:58
February 21, 2017
#008: Brooke Wells
Brooke Wells stops in during a weekend of training with Ben to talk about her background, her training, & her hopes going forward.
36:17
February 08, 2017
#007: Becoming a Leader
Talking about the different levels of leadership, the definition of trust, sincere listening, & how to build a staff of strong leaders.
30:22
January 24, 2017
#006: Daily Discipline
Talking about goal-setting, building habits, & why you want to strive to keep the chain of success going.
29:51
January 10, 2017
#005: The 2030 Games Champ
Talking about how I might guide a young athlete toward future success in the sport of CrossFit.
29:27
December 27, 2016
#004: Practical Ways to Boost Your Community
In this episode: We're talking about some of the small (but important) ways CFNE shows their members they care, touching on topics like thank-you notes, what your programming says about your priorities, & the value of giving your coaches constraints.
32:31
December 13, 2016
#003: Evaluating Opportunities
In this episode: We're chatting about how I think about opportunities, some of the reasons we decided to cancel the East Coast Championships, & why I made the decision years ago to stop being a competitive athlete.
27:52
November 29, 2016
#002: Maximizing Your CrossFit Open
In this episode: We talk about how to maximize your CrossFit Games​ Open. Topics include how to fit the events into your normal training schedule, what might be coming in 2017, & the value of leaderboarding.
28:18
November 15, 2016