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Best Hour of Their Day

Best Hour of Their Day

By Jason Ackerman
Hosted by Jason Ackerman and Jason Fernandez, Best Hour of Their Day is a show dedicated to helping the CrossFit community. We cover all aspects of fitness including coaching, training, competing, starting and growing a business, and everything in between. Regular guests include world-class athletes, some of the best coaches in the world, fitness entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and more.

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BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 12 | The Freeze Game
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
45:11
September 25, 2020
311. Judging the 2020 CrossFit Games
Fern and Ackerman just got home from judging this weekend's CrossFit Games and they looked a lot different than years past.  In this episode you'll hear all about their experiences.
38:47
September 23, 2020
310. Todd's journey to becoming a L4 Coach
The L4 CrossFit coaching credential is only held by a handful of the best coaches in the world.  In today's episode Ackerman interviews Todd about how he achieved this very prestigious honor.
32:48
September 22, 2020
309. Hiring New Coaches
Brining on new coaches can be one of the most stressful things for box owners, the staff, and members.  In today's episode, Fern and Ackerman breakdown some best practices to ensure a smooth transition for all.
31:42
September 21, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 11 | What we choose to focus on, we become
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
50:00
September 18, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 10 | Have Empathy
***Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
51:51
September 11, 2020
308. Vaughn Vernon Affiliate Guard
Fern sits down with Vaughn Vernon of Affiliate Guard to discuss all things new and old on Insurance Policies for affiliates.  Affiliate guard represents about 2500 CrossFit Affiliates and Fern has been with them for several years.  They have a new process for tracking and managing the affiliates risk.  This involves things like annual background checks for coaches and staff and state mandates and requirements for opening and operating in an environment with Covid-19.  This episode is jammed with some gems about affiliates and what they should consider with regard to their insurance policies.
38:08
September 10, 2020
307. More talk on "competitors" at your box
***Own Your Eating Challenges*** Ackerman and Fern dive deeper into the conversation of allowing people to do their own programming at your affiliate.
32:33
September 9, 2020
306. Early is on time
Ackerman talks about one simple thing you can do to be a better coach and provide a better experience for your members.
07:40
September 8, 2020
305. "Competitors" are Dumb.
Here's a little Ackerman rant on why you shouldn't allow "competitors" do do their own thing at your affiliate.
17:06
September 7, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 9 | Keep the Customer Happy
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
36:33
September 4, 2020
304. Adam Feit | Nutrition after Covid
Adam Feit is a regular guest of the show and in today's episode we dive into improving nutrition after the pandemic.
1:02:52
September 2, 2020
303. Tony Ronchi | Life > Dogs > Business: that order
Tony Ronchi has been involved in the CrossFit world for a very long time, originally opening Paradigm CrossFit and becoming one of the original members of the CrossFit Gymnastics Course.  
1:01:11
September 1, 2020
302. Evaluating and being evaluated
Fern and Todd take a deep dive around some of the pain points of both giving feedback to coaches and getting feedback from coaches and clients.   This is a learned skill going both directions.  What does the anatomy of a good feedback session look like?  How do you get better at receiving feedback?  Feedback is key to development but it isn't easy.
32:33
August 31, 2020
BONUS - Whiteboard Weekly Episode 1 - "Hamburger"
In this first episode of Whiteboard Weekly hosted by Karl Eagleman and Jason Ackerman we take a deep dive into the cue  “Hamburger” as it refers to the setup of the Deadlift.  This cue was originally heard by Karl at his L2 CrossFit Certificate Course by Seminar Staff member Nuno Costa. This cue is taken from Karl’s post that you can find here. Other coaching concepts and coaches we discuss: Conscious Competence presented by Jon Gilson Filler Words Stealing Cues Empty Reps Posterior Chain Engagement Show muscles vs go muscles Additional posts referenced in today’s episode: DL post Rising tide post Don't be a good guy: Squeeze oranges/Make juice Purchase a Violent Hip Extension shirt We’d love your feedback.  Have a specific post from Whiteboard Daily that you want us to discuss?  Shoot us an email whiteboardweeklypodcast@gmail.com.
51:40
August 29, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 8 | New Jeans
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
49:36
August 28, 2020
301. Bryan Boorstein | Evolved Training Systems
Bryan Boorstein has created an online training experience like none other. Complete with video analysis of movement, feedback in a private group, and a fully individualized experience, your training goals are within reach. Bryan has trained at the top level, the CrossFit Games, while also working with some of the world’s premier athletes, including NFL players, and WWE superstar John Cena. Bryan has extensive experience and knowledge in all realms of health and fitness. He has coached physique and bodybuilding, as well as those just hoping to increase vitality and look good at the beach. His programming philosophy has adapted to accommodate the constantly-changing needs for each trainee. Check out Bryan on Instagram
59:02
August 27, 2020
300. Fern and Ackerman reflect on 300 episodes
Hard to believe just over a year ago when Fern and Ackerman decided to launch the "Best Hour of Their Day" podcast that they would get to 300 episodes.  In today's special episode, we reflect on what we've learned over the last year, mistakes we've made, and as always, goof on each other.
47:57
August 26, 2020
299. Ryan McKenzie | Still hates selling
Ryan McKenzie is back on the podcast after tremendous feedback and a demand from our listeners.  Turns out what he said resonated with the CrossFit world...we hate selling!  In this episode we will dive further into the psychology of why we hate selling and by the end of the show announce a really special program that Ryan and Ackerman are putting together.  For more information, email us besthouroftheirday@gmail.com. If you haven't already, download Ryan's book for FREE here.
58:53
August 25, 2020
298. Trident Mindset with Chriss Smith
Chriss Smith is a Box Owner of CrossFit Trident for more than a decade, a former Navy SEAL, an expeditionary racing enthusiast, a serial entrepreneur as well as a coach and mentor to many.  Fern and Chriss talk about the Eco challenge 11 day, 600 mile race in Fiji what that was like and how mentally tough it was.  They talk about how gym owners can improve their mindset to set them up for success.  Trident Mindset is his newest venture and is a 12 month program to help people develop themselves mentally as well as physically.
58:45
August 24, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 7 | Be Grateful
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
45:44
August 21, 2020
297. Drew Zaro | Finances and Fitness
Drew Zaro is an avid CrossFitter as well as a coach.  Andrew began his career in the finance industry in 2018 after a very successful career in the Marine Corps intelligence sector. He spent more than 12 years in the Marine Corps working all over the world as an intelligence advisor to senior military personnel, as well as a military diplomat serving under multiple US Ambassadors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, as well as his Series 7 and Series 66.
55:11
August 20, 2020
296. Karl Eagleman | Celebrating Two Years of Whiteboard Daily
Sometimes things are just serendipitous!  Karl and Jason were chatting and realized it was actually two years to the day when he put his very first post up on Whiteboard Daily. This episode ranges from discussing how Karl comes up with his daily posts to his advice for anyone starting a business with lots of additional nuggets sprinkled in. 
1:08:37
August 19, 2020
295. MDV | Eating while coaching
MDV is the Chief Fitness Officer for NC Fit and has some great insights as to what makes a solid CrossFit coach.  In a recent IG post, his hot take was that if your coach is eating while coaching, it might be time to get rid of that coach.   Check out his IG Post here.
1:29:29
August 18, 2020
294. Andy Bradbury | Active Start Up
Websites are important.  social media and your website (where your brand lives digitally) are how you communicate and get people to consider opting in to your service.  Andy Bradbury runs Startup Active and created the Active Blueprint that is specifically designed for microgyms.  If you want to check out their product go check out crossfitrife.com and you can assess it for yourself.  Fern and Andy talk about blogs, website mistakes, SEO photos and videos and everything else you need to consider to create an optimal user experience on your website that looks and feel professional.  And it's more cost friendly than virtually anything else out there.
1:18:01
August 17, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 6 | Fill Your Cup First
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
41:24
August 14, 2020
293. Bring a Friend Week
In today's episode, Todd, Fern, and Ackerman, have a heated debate over the merits of Bring a Friend Week at your affiliate.
52:27
August 13, 2020
292. Wheel Pay
Every great invention is born out of a personal need that isn’t being met.  Today we get to hear from John Prescott and Nathan Head, 2 of the 3 owners of WheelPay, about how the platform began and the impact it is going to make in Crossfit and the Micro-gym space at large.  If you are interested in hearing more about WheelPay and how it can change the financial life and future of your gym, please reach out to them through their website, www.WheelPay.com, follow them on Instagram @GetWheelPay or email John@wheelpay.com or Nathan@wheelpay.com
45:14
August 12, 2020
291. Corey Coleman | The Gym Solution
If you have ever been frustrated with gym software this is a fantastic conversation.  Corey Coleman is one of the founders of The Gym Solution and The Gym Solution Suite.  He is also a long time affiliate owner, CrossFit LIttle Creek (about two miles from Fern's Gym CrossFit Rife).   Fern and Corey discuss gym owner frustrations, things to consider and how The Gym Solution could help you reduce all the other software programs you use for scheduling, texting, social media management, email campaigns and project management.   This conversation goes deep into the weeds and gets a little nerdy but its totally worth it if this has been a frustration for you at any point as a gym owner.
1:00:53
August 11, 2020
290. CrossFit's Mount Rushmore
Todd, Ackerman, Fern, and guest Cassidy take a stab at creating CrossFit's version of Mount Rushmore.
41:48
August 10, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 5 | Simple - Complex - Simple
***Check out the Own Your Eating Certificate Course*** We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
59:15
August 7, 2020
289. Adam Tar | Carnivore Diet
Adam Tar is the owner of CrossFit Northport and has been a strict follower of the Carnivore diet for over six months.  In this episode Ackerman chat with him and asks questions that will help those interested in learning more or potentially starting this meat only lifestyle themselves.
1:05:24
August 6, 2020
288. Chuck Bennington is Back!
Chuck Bennington is one of Best Hour's most requested guests to have back on the show.  It's most likely his contagious positive energy along with a truly open mind when it comes to all things health and fitness.  Enjoy the conversation.
1:03:37
August 5, 2020
287. Determining Time Domains for Workouts
Check out all of the Own Your Eating Nutrition Challenges! In today's episode, Todd, Ackerman, and Fern take a look at three recent CrossFit.com workout and determine the appropriate time domains and scaling options.
58:46
August 4, 2020
286. Clay Godfrey | One Fellowship Fitness
Check out the Own Your Eating Nutrition Challenges! In today's episode, Ackerman chats with Clay Godfrey.  Clay recently purchases his box, One Fellowship Fitness from the former owner and we discuss what it's like taking over a box, the advantages and disadvantages of starting from scratch, and how he has built a community in a very short period of time.
44:53
August 3, 2020
BONUS - Naked Sunday Episode 1
Ackerman has a new podcast out with long-time friend Caleb Nelson.  Hosts Caleb Nelson and Jason Ackerman have dedicated their lives to inspiring others to live to their fullest potential. Naked Sunday is the pursuit of all aspects of personal growth. Exploring all topics, ranging from health, love, spirituality, wealth, discovering your purpose, and beyond. All in the name of deepening our connection to our sense of self and empowering meaningful relationships, in hopes of inspiring action for a brighter collective future. It's your opportunity to challenge your status quo, get your weekly dose of self-reflection, and go after the life you've always wanted.
59:48
August 1, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 4 | The Rule is the Rule
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
50:24
July 31, 2020
285. Jess Fuller | New York Fitness shut down indefinitely
***Check out Own Your Eating's awesome challenges*** Overnight Jess went from a booming entrepreneur in the fitness world to completely shut down.  Her five yoga studios and CrossFit affiliate were shut down in early March and despite restaurants and most other retail being allowed to open, New York State continues to keep fitness closed.  Whether you live in New York State or not, listen to this episode and give us your opinions. You can also check out The Hot Yoga Spot on demand to help support Jess.
1:05:01
July 30, 2020
284. Ryan McKenzie | I hate selling!
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! Ryan McKenzie is a Fitness Business Consultant from Orlando, Florida where he has worked with some of the best trainers, gyms and corporations in the world. Ryan is an author, speaker and industry leader. His book "I Hate Selling for the Fitness Professional: 6 Steps to Making Serious Money in the Fitness Industry" has reached #1 on Amazon in the US, Canada, The UK, Australia, and Japan. Ryan helps large corporations and smaller fitness businesses apply the I Hate Selling sales system to every part of their operations, drastically increasing their member retention, lead acquisition, and new member/client sales. Get his book for FREE!!!
43:04
July 29, 2020
283. Pat Cummings | Questions for CrossFit's new CEO
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! In today's episode we chat with Pat Cummings, an OG CrossFitter and co-host of "Chasing Excellence" with Ben Bergeron as well as the Open Gym Podcast, and the Consistency Project with EC Synkowski. You can see hit questions to CrossFit CEO Eric Roza here.
58:29
July 28, 2020
282. Is CrossFit still a disruptor brand?
In tomorrow's episode, you'll hear Fern and Ackerman talk with Pat Cummings.  On his instagram @pscummings he recently posted 20 Questions for CrossFit's new CEO, Eric Roza.  In today's episode we discuss question 15.  Is CrossFit still a disruptor brand?
37:59
July 27, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 3 | Life is a series of Dips
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
46:57
July 24, 2020
281. Coty Bradburn
Coty Bradburn is a former Regional athlete and is a three year affiliate owner.  He and Fern discuss some of the struggles and challenges involved with cultivating, developing and keeping coaches and staff in an affiliate/microgym.  Fern and Coty go back and forth with questions and answers as well as discussing some lessons learned from mistakes made in the past
55:09
July 23, 2020
280. Yuri Feito | Minimizing Injury
How many days a week would decrease your athletes chance for injury???  Dr, Yuri Feito is an associate professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Management at Kennesaw State university.   In this Episode Fern and Yuri Feito (second time guest) discuss his recently published paper.  They discuss the limits of the study and what things it brings to light for affiliate owners and potentially some things that should be taken into account when creating membership options and intake programs for new athletes based on what the study conducted found.
58:28
July 22, 2020
279. Athena Perez | Lifting the Wait
Athena Perez is the best selling other of "Lifting the Wait" her story of how she lost over 225lbs. and changed her life. Check out her book here.
1:01:46
July 21, 2020
278. Todd has Covid-19
True story, Todd had Covid-19 and he's fully recovered.  In today's episode, we discuss.
45:09
July 20, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 2 | We fail at the margins of our experiences
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
40:46
July 17, 2020
277. Ari Bargil | Defending free speech and coaching nutrition
Ari Bargil is leading the crusade for free speech, specifically in helping others with their nutrition.  In Florida and many other states it is actually illegal to provide nutrition advice.  Many CrossFit affiliates and trainers have received cease and desist letter from the government and hefty fines.  In this episode we discuss how Ari is helping clients fight this law. You can learn more about Ari at The Institute for Justice.
46:24
July 16, 2020
276. Lindsay Andrew | CrossFit L1 Scholarship Seminar
Lindsay Andrew is one of the most tenured and decorated member of the CrossFit seminar staff as well as former competitive athlete and owner of CrossFit Max Effort.  In today's episode we talk about her recent experience coaching along side Dave Castro at the first ever CrossFit L1 Scholarship seminar.
35:23
July 15, 2020
275. Jamison Price | How to measure culture at your box
Jamison Price is the owner of Mossy Creek CrossFit and has put together a comprehensive Affiliate Operating System.  This 45 page book provides best practices for things as simple as how to stock the Fit Aid to how we measure your greetings when members walk in the door. If you want to see a copy of it, shoot us an email, besthouroftheirday@gmail.com
51:21
July 14, 2020
274. Quality Assurance
What would Quality Assurance look like in the CrossFit Space?  Who would determine the standard?  What aspects of the Affiliate would be scrutinized?  Would your gym make the cut?  What would the benefit be?   Todd and Fern dive deep into this discussion and shed light on what that would look like and what that outcome would be.
41:16
July 13, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 1 | Go All In
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
45:34
July 10, 2020
273. Should I Buy A Gym with Nick Spagnol
Should you buy a gym during Covid?   Should you open your own?  Should you wait?  Fern and Nick talk through his though process for considering opening up a gym during these times.  There are multiple lenses to view this through and Nick and Fern go back and forth asking and answer questions,  This will be valuable for anyone considering opening a gym right now
49:59
July 9, 2020
272. Help, my box is deaffiliating, what do I do?
In today's episode we answer a listener question from two coaches whose box is deaffiliating.  We navigate how they can potentially handle this massive change.
29:40
July 7, 2020
271. Top 10 Mistakes as a gym owner
In this episode Fern dives deep in a solo podcast and talks about 10 of the biggest mistakes he's made over the last decade as a box owner.  Most gym owners will make all of these mistakes.  Get you note pad.
56:07
July 6, 2020
BHOTD - Audio Book - Introduction | Before CrossFit
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, "Best Hour of Their Day" and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter.  Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you'll get loads more information, stories, lessons, and more, not available in the original book. You can buy the paperback and ebook versions of "Best Hour of Their Day" on amazon, here is the link. You can buy the audio book on audible, here is the link. If you love the book or this podcast, please leave us a review.
36:47
July 3, 2020
270. Coaching busy classes II
Fern and Todd do a follow up on our previous episode about coaching large classes as well as some things to consider as reopening happen and covid cases see an increase.  You need to keep your coaches sharp but have to ensure people are safe and you don’t cripple the entire staff with covid cases.  We also discuss the return of a Nicole Carroll to CFHQ and some new CrossFit Games News.
31:53
July 2, 2020
269. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Active Life Pro Path
If you want to learn more about the Active Life Pro Path, shoot us an email besthouroftheirday@gmail.com
33:55
July 1, 2020
268. Best Hour Book Club
Much to Jason's surprise, a few "Best Hour of Their Day" book clubs have sprung up around the country.  So, when one based out of San Fransisco asked Ackerman to come on, he was thrilled.  In this episode we discuss the final few chapters of the book as well as diving into the current state of CrossFit.
1:22:23
June 30, 2020
267. Luis Lopez | Judging the 2020 Rogue Invitational
Luis Lopez owns CrossFit MDI in Orlando, Florida and regularly travels the country judging at CrossFit events.  Recently he had his first experience judging the online only Rogue Invitational.  In this fun and entertaining episode we hear all about what it was like for both the judges and athletes at this very unique event.
47:56
June 29, 2020
266. CrossFit's new CEO
Fern, Ackerman, and Todd discuss the news of Eric Roza taking over as Owner and CEO of CrossFit.
41:24
June 26, 2020
265. Ken Andrukow
"My goal is to make my wife’s dreams come true."  That is really all you need to know about Ken Andrukow.  Anyone that lives with that mantra in mind deserves to be listened to for a few minutes. In addition to owning one of the most successful CrossFit affiliates Ken is the founder of Level 5 mentors.  
50:14
June 25, 2020
264. Coaching busy classes
What do you do when you have a 20 person class or even a 30 person class?  Fern, Ackerman, and Todd discuss best practices, including using  your assistant coach and planning ahead.
41:36
June 24, 2020
263. Michael Michalowicz
Fern sits down with Best Selling author Michael Michalowicz of Profit First, Surge, Pumpkin Plan, Clockwork and Toilet Paper Entrepreneur to discuss his new book Fix This Next.  This book couldn't have been published at a more opportune time as many businesses are trying to figure out what the weak links in their businesses are and how to become more resilient for the future.
29:04
June 23, 2020
262. Onboarding new members
Fern, Todd, and Ackerman talk about different protocols they have used over the years to assimilate new members into classes.  From the show up and go model to a 12 session boot camp they have tried it all.  In this episode they will talk about things that went well and things they would have done differently as well as the number one thing you should be doing for these CrossFit newcomers.
47:22
June 22, 2020
261. Eric Malzone | Savvy through Failure
Eric’s professional experience stems from a decade in the corporate sector. Starting from the bottom to eventually leading nationwide sales teams. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Eric pulled the corporate ejector seat and opened his first business in 2009, Gravitas Fitness. After 9+ years of owning successful multiple brick and mortar businesses and a deep analysis of his own “ideal day,” Eric decided to sell his businesses with the purpose of creating a bigger impact in the fitness & health industry while living the lifestyle that him and his wife have always dreamed of. Since that point, he is now the host of two top rated podcasts – The Future of Fitness and Fitness Blitz Radio – Eric has interviewed 500+ professionals in the areas of fitness, health, and wellness. He is the co-founder of Certified Course Creation and the Fitness Accelerator networking community. Eric lives a nomadic lifestyle balanced with hard driving business development and new adventures in nature, culture, and travel. His vast network and business experience has led him to co-found Level 5 Mentors – a business and life coaching program unlike any other. Eric is now completely committed to helping entrepreneurs think bigger and pursue their unique version of their own ideal day.
50:05
June 19, 2020
260. 2020 Rogue Invitational
The 2020 Rogue Invitational was this past weekend and we break it down from a logistics perspective.
31:10
June 18, 2020
259. Affiliate Identity Crisis
Affiliates are in a strange spot, some are staying with the CrossFit brand, others are jumping ship.  We have Caleb Nelson, owner of Purebred Athletics on today's episode along with Ackerman, Fern, and Todd, talking about the idea of deaffiliation and what that truly means to you, your gym, and your brand.
1:18:38
June 17, 2020
258. Alyssa Royse | Rocket Community Fitness
Alyssa Royse was at the center of a lot of controversy with her letter to Greg Glassman and his response.  In today's episode Ackerman  (@thejasonackerman) sits down with Alyssa for a very candid conversation on this topic, as well as rebranding, the state of CrossFit HQ, and how affiliates can be more inclusive. If you haven't already, you can read the emails as well as Alyssa's blog posts here. Many people are calling for Alyssa's head and many feel the same about Coach Glassman.  As always on Best Hour of Their Day we try to listen first and be open-minded.  
1:10:35
June 16, 2020
257. Brady Lynch asks Ackerman how to run a successful box
The roles are reversed on today's episode as guest Brady Lynch asks Ackerman how to run a successful box and how to get on the CrossFit seminar staff.
43:42
June 15, 2020
256. Should you deaffiliate?
Tough times call for tough conversations.  Fern, Ackerman, and Todd shed a little light on this topic.
34:03
June 12, 2020
255. Geoff Westmoreland | Signing your lease
Fern and Geoff are back for round two about the tenant/landlord relationship.  In this episode they discuss pretty much anything you would need to think about when signing a lease.  Much of what is discussed is from experience from Fern as an early affiliate owner in addition to some ongoing lessons learned.  Geoff is the founder of the CrossFit Legal Action Group and discusses what are the details that affiliate owners should be thinking about when signing a lease, renewing a lease or negotiating a lease.  Lots of details and good info here for even the most seasoned business owner.
1:14:42
June 11, 2020
254. Functional Movements
What makes a movement functional?  In today's episode Todd, Fern, and Ackerman breakdown (or argue) about why certain movements are considered functional and others aren't.
41:14
June 10, 2020
253. The State of CrossFit
Ackerman, Fern, and Todd struggle to put into words their feelings over the recent events.
14:00
June 9, 2020
252. Black Lives Matter
Ackerman and Fern are taking this topic on with full force.  We recorded today's episode before the events from Saturday and Sunday, but this is still very relevant.  We invited two black affiliate owners, Cameron Brown owner of CrossFit HCS and Brian Lowe owner of CrossFit Invulnerable, as well as Holly Small a CrossFit L1 Trainer to talk about the state of the country as well as CrossFit HQ. This is perhaps the most important show we've recorded. We just want to open this conversation, so please, email us, text us, dm us, but help us help be a part of the solution.
1:46:09
June 8, 2020
251. Syn Martinez and Merle Mckenzie
Ackerman, Syn, and Merle have an uncomfortable and real conversation.
45:25
June 6, 2020
250. Nathan Holiday
Nathan and Fern talk about different ways affiliate owners can use virtual assistants, how to identify important roles in the business and discuss how The Level Method can help affiliate owners and coaches create road maps for their clients as well as provide coaches with tools to systemize and organize scaling in a better more efficient way that helps to continue to progress their clients.  This one is packed with nuggets.
1:06:37
June 5, 2020
249. Intensity
Fern and Ackerman breakdown the concept of intensity.
38:36
June 4, 2020
248. Layli Lederman | Weight cut specialist
Layli Lederman is a weight cut specialist that has helped hundreds of athletes make weight for competition including current UFC interim champion Justin Gaethje.  In this episode we discuss the differences between weight loss and weight cutting, proper refueling, getting athletes to stick to their diet and much more.  You can find out more about Layli on her social media channels @real_food_denver
47:00
June 3, 2020
247. Mental Health
In today's episode we breakdown the use of social media and it's impact on box owners, coaches, and every day people.  Between the three of us we have owned over ten businesses and understand that social media can be a powerful tool but also detrimental to one's overall well-being.
38:11
June 2, 2020
246. Good Coaching vs Good Member Experience
Todd and Fern discuss the nuances of evaluating a good coach and evaluating the member experience.  Every gym touts their "Coaching and Community".  it doesn't mean anything unless we measure and define it.  In this episode they discuss some measurable aspects of "presence and attitude" of the 6 criteria covered in the CFL2 course.  This one is important to thinking about, identify, quantify and measure.
37:55
June 1, 2020
245. Continuing Education
Recently Ackerman made the bold statement that if you're not pursuing higher credentials and furthering your education, you shouldn't be allowed to coach.  In this episode, we dive into that and talk about why continuing education is important, how to prepare for your L2 and L3, and other courses we recommend.
41:22
May 29, 2020
244. Keith Wittenstein | Ketosis, Quarantine, and Pregnancy, oh my!
Coach Panda is back and as he approaches his 50th birthday and the birth of his third child we dive into what fitness will look like as we come out of this pandemic, ketosis in quarantine, and so much more.
38:38
May 28, 2020
243. Preparing for your L1
In today's episode we remove any stigmas and explain that anyone can take their CrossFit L1 Seminar.
41:24
May 27, 2020
242. Marc Reklau | Gratitude during the Quarantine
Ackerman chats with Marc Reklau for a second time.  Jason first heard of Marc through his awesome book, "The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude" and was an instant fan.  They have stayed in touch over the last year and Jason often refers to Marc has someone that gets him excited about life and had a profound impact on his own gratitude practice as well as creating new habits.  You'll understand why Jason finds Marc so inspiring as you listen to this candid conversation.
47:23
May 26, 2020
241. James Hobart + Austin Malleolo
HAMPLAN Team James Hobart and Austin Malleolo come on to the show and chat with Fern about planning to reopen their gyms.  HAMPLAN has created a 40 page document that will help affiliate owners craft a plan, have contingencies and help them be prepared to adjust as the circumstances change in the coming months.  The big push here is to have multiple plans and to be able and ready to pivot quickly in order to serve your communities.
47:36
May 25, 2020
BONUS ACKERMAN RANT - Ackerman warns not to f*ck yourself up with Murph
Listen up and don't be stupid this weekend.
05:31
May 23, 2020
240. Melissa Reed | CrossFit Seminar Staff
Melissa Reed is a mom of three, a physical therapist, CrossFit affiliate owner, wife, and part of the CrossFit Seminar Team.  In this episode we talk about her journey onto seminar staff, being a female coach, and finding balance in life.  
45:48
May 22, 2020
239. Brady Lynch | How to be a "Jam Up" Human Being
Ackerman sits down with Brady Lynch an L1 Trainer at ATG CrossFit and have a fun discussion on what makes a good member, balancing fitness and competition, and continuing education.
41:20
May 21, 2020
238. Dr. Sean Pastuch + Fern
Dr. Sean and Fern talk about a bevy of topics in this show, they talk about money, the future of coaching, what coaches can do do provide better value and more.  This one got really good towards the end so we will definitely have him back on and keep this conversation going.
1:07:02
May 20, 2020
237. Memorial Day Murph 2020
Memorial Day Murph will most likely look a little different this year.  In today's episode Todd, Fern, and Ackerman discuss how to run it during the pandemic.
43:47
May 19, 2020
236. Joe Bauer | The Get Better Project
Joe Bauer and his fiancee Emily have been living the van life for nearly two years.  Like most of us they are feeling the impacts of this pandemic but are optimistic they can get back to traveling very soon.  In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of living in a sprinter van, how they manage to stay fit and healthy, and the best ways to get free Wifi.
53:14
May 18, 2020
235. AJ Baker | Whoop
If you own a whoop or are thinking about owning one, Jason and AJ (Head of Marketing) dive deep into all of the amazing functions, metrics, and date that this device can you help you learn. 
1:09:02
May 15, 2020
234. Canceling your membership
Fern, Ackerman, and Todd start off by answering a fan question regarding an issue with the box and the owner, we very quickly take a turn and start discussing how to give feedback and ultimately how to cancel your membership.
40:10
May 14, 2020
233. Geoff Westmoreland | Rent Is Due Part 2 | The CrossFit Legal Action Group
Geoff Westmoreland is an avid CrossFitter.  He's also been practicing law for over 20 years.  In his practice he represents property owners (landlords) and he discusses best practices for renters, what they should know about negotiations with their landlords and they dive into some of the topics discussed in the previous episode "Rent is Due".  He is also standing up the CrossFit Legal Action Group (CFLAG) that was initiated to help gym owners navigate the legal waters of affiliate ownership.
57:08
May 13, 2020
232. Dr. Tom Siskron | CrossFit Medicus One, Covid-19, and Chronic Disease
Dr Tom Siskron is a Urologist by trade, founder of CrossFit Medicus One, the first Medical Affiliate and was the first ever doctor through the CFL1 as part of what is now known as the MDL1.  Fern and Dr. Tom his entry into CrossFit and how he figured out what true health was.  They also dive into some of the data surrounding co-morbidities with COVID and what people can do to shore up their health and avoid chronic disease.
1:02:10
May 12, 2020
231. Joe Ward | Keto with Carbs
Ackerman and Joe have a really fun talk about Joe's journey with the ketogenic diet.
41:18
May 11, 2020
230. Finding CrossFit
In today's episode, Fern, Todd, and Ackerman reminisce about how they each found CrossFit, some of the earlier workouts they did, and advice they would give to themselves.
47:30
May 8, 2020
229. Group Management
Todd, Fern, and Ackerman breakdown this component of being an effective coach.
41:57
May 7, 2020
228. Eric Hancock | EMOM Box
The idea for The EMOM Box was grown out of a love for stuff, a love for training and a love for the sport of fitness. Eric Hancock takes box curation very seriously; the packaging is all done by hand. This is a family business grown and run by a family that loves what they do for each of the subscribers that trusts them to deliver them the best subscription box they've ever gotten.
44:21
May 6, 2020
227. Coaches Development with CrossFit Liberate
Fern and Ackerman lead a coaches development zoom call for the coaching staff of CrossFit Liberate in Athens, Georgia. If you are interested in having us lead a call for your affiliate, email us, besthouroftheirday@gmail.com
1:35:07
May 5, 2020
226. Matt Albrizio | Virtual Assitants
Fern and Matt From Forever Fierce discuss how to operate your your affiliate with potentially reduced revenue and still operate optimally.  Affiliate owners are looking at maybe having to step back into the business but there are options when using Virtual Assistants and having these folks take the time consuming tasks that aren't customer facing.  They discuss tasks that a VA could do that are both reporting based and retention based.  There are a lot of nuggets in this episode.
55:20
May 4, 2020
225. David Colina | Money for Affiliates
Fern and Dave from O2 are on for episode #2 of what O2 and some other companies are doing in order to help affiliate owners.  Retention is the key to surviving and acquiring new clients isn't the name of the game for a while.  O2 along with Bear Komplex, Born Primitive and Puori, have banned together to offer 100$ to all members who keep their memberships on through the month of May in order to try to drive retention and help affiliates stay alive.
22:25
May 2, 2020
224. Heart Rate + Benchmarks
Todd, Fern, and Ackerman discuss the value of using heart rate tracking during CrossFit classes and how often we should be hitting benchmark workouts.
50:53
May 1, 2020
223. Easing members back into training
As boxes prepare to reopen, what is the best way to ease members back into training, with the priority being to keep them safe and injury free?
40:15
April 30, 2020
222. Re-Opening Affiliates
Ackerman, Fern, and Todd discuss how, when, and what affiliates should do as we approach the end of the quarantine.
41:31
April 29, 2020
221. Nicole Carroll
Nicole Carroll is the Executive Director of CrossFit Certifications and Training.  She and Fern take a deep dive into the new L-1 Online Offering and discuss all the details of who is eligible, what it entails, the size and scope of the course and everything else people want to know about it.  They also discuss the new CrossFit Kids online offering and how CFHQ training department is pushing day and night to continue to provide for those people that want to further their education and keep their credentials up to date.  There are some L4 teasers in there too, but we will have her back on for a L4 discussion at a later date.  Enjoy.
48:47
April 28, 2020
220. Jason Khalipa
JASON LETS HIS ACTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, PHILANTHROPIST, AUTHOR, AND FATHER -- JASON DOES A BIT OF IT ALL. Between building a successful, multi-location business, NCFIT, eight consecutive CrossFit Games appearances, creating the NCFIT Collective online training portal and coach’s development tool, and hosting both the AMRAP Mentality and Business of Fitness Podcast, Jason has spent his entire life training for the unknown. 
58:49
April 27, 2020
219. Peloton vs CrossFit
Ackerman is addicted to peloton right now.  In today's episode, Fern, Ackerman, and special guest Todd O. talk about what is making Peloton so successful and how CrossFit can learn from it.  We also discuss ESPN's "the last dance" and much more.
1:07:46
April 24, 2020
218. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | Higher Learning
Fern and Dr Jenkins @Ganizbydrj sit down and discuss higher learning, what the value is, who should maybe pursue it and how it's beneficial in the CrossFit space.  Dr Jenkins ask Fern about his pursuit of a masters degree as well as a host of other questions.  The shoe is on the other foot for this interview so take a listen.
1:01:33
April 23, 2020
217. Adrian Conway
Fern sits down with Adrian Conway, Individual Games athlete and Team Champion, Seminar Staff member, box owner, Brute Strength Programmer and FNX owner.  They discuss mindset, what changes they have made at the box, how he's used his experience working with athletes online with Brute to leverage with his own members.  They also discuss how he got started with FNX, what they stand for and what they are trying to do for athletes and affiliates.
47:40
April 22, 2020
216. Rent is due
In these tough times, what should box owners be doing when it comes to paying rent?  Fern leads from the front and discusses what he is doing and some recommendations for other affiliates.
44:37
April 21, 2020
215. 2020 CrossFit Games
Ackerman and Fern speculate on what will become of the 2020 CrossFit Games.
49:44
April 20, 2020
214. James "OPT" Fitzgerald
OPEX Founder and industry-leading educator, James FitzGerald, has dedicated his life to bringing honor to the coaching profession. OPEX Coaching Education and Gyms Licensing Programs provide coaches with the tools needed to professionalize their passion. The OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) reflects his 25 plus years of coaching expertise and is set apart by providing comprehensive coaching theory as well as the practical application of its principles. OPEX continues to educate thousands of coaches around the world each year through a dynamic digital platform and live courses. In early 2019, James achieved another career milestone with the release of Mixed Modal, a groundbreaking course designed to educate coaches on the long-term development of competitive functional fitness athletes. To learn more about James and OPEX Fitness visit opexfit.com and opexgyms.com. Mixed Modal Athlete Development Blueprint Mixed Modal Athlete Season Design Social Handles: @jfitxopex @opexfitness  @opexgyms
45:18
April 17, 2020
213. Mike Deboever | Reebok CrossFit YUL
Mike Deboever is owner of Reebok CrossFit YUL.  In today's episode he and Ackerman discuss how his box is handling the quarantine, his time interning for the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and his current position as translator for HQ.
53:24
April 16, 2020
212: Bill Anthes | Improving mindset during the quarantine
Bill Anthes is a Special Forces Veteran and professional coach with experience in providing life-changing coaching services. Trained and highly competent in Leadership, Personal Development, and Life Coaching. Bill provides actionable opportunities for individuals and teams to learn more about themselves through a collaborative partnership in the pursuit of becoming a better human.
1:02:11
April 15, 2020
211. Front Rack Mobility
Ackerman and Fern break down the concept of Front Rack Mobility.
45:50
April 14, 2020
210. Dr. Sean Pastuch | How CrossFit affiliates should be handling the Pandemic
Dr. Sean Pastuch is back on the show for an unprecedented third time and it should come as no surprise.  The man is smart, well spoken, open-minded and cares about CrossFit affiliates.  In today's episode he helps us navigate these tough times and lays out solid advice to CrossFit boxes, coaches, and members.
1:02:46
April 13, 2020
209. Fern vs. Corona
Fern and Ackerman talk about the impact of this current pandemic on CrossFit affiliates.  
54:23
April 10, 2020
208. Obese to Beast
John David Glaude has lost over 180lbs. and has become one of the biggest and best influencers in the health and fitness space.  Today's episode runs through many topics including how obese has become his nickname, why he chose to use underscores in his IG handle, if he considers himself a beast, anorexia, and other eating disorders, dealing with the current pandemic, programming workouts at home, EMOMS, exercise addiction, his previous daily nutrition intake, how and why he got started, his first date, why he's not currently coaching CrossFit, his biggest insecurity, drumming, and so much more. If you don't already, definitely go give him a follow @obese_to_beast and check out his podcast @workforchangepodcast 
1:18:52
April 9, 2020
207. Chris Vignaud | Calicure
The CALICURE was invented for one simple reason...to PREVENT calluses from rips and tears. As a new Crossfitter, Chris Vignaud quickly realized the importance of proper hand care. With 20+ years of experience as a Medical-Surgical nurse, he had witnessed first hand all sorts of wounds and treatment options. However, using scissors, razors or your teeth are NOT the proper tools to use on your hands. You NEED a SAFE and SIMPLE tool to properly manage your calluses thus PREVENTING RIPS while REDUCING risk for infection and cross-contamination. The CALICURE hand file allows you to SAFELY remove excess skin build-up (aka your calluses) without removing too much (finding that sweet spot!) leaving behind HEALTHY SMOOTH hands. The CALICURE is presently being used by everyday Crossfitters to CrossFit Games level Athletes and Coaches, Olympic Gymnasts, Olympic Lifters, Golf, and Tennis Players, Rock Climbers, Martial Artists, Bodybuilders, Powerlifters, Strongmen and Strongwomen, even Executive Chefs Worldwide!
46:59
April 8, 2020
206. Jason Leydon | CrossFit Milford
Founder of and head trainer at CrossFit Milford in Milford CT, which has been to the games 5 times and has had athletes at the games 11 years in a row.  Team CrossFit Milford finished 2nd in the world in 2015 and Jason has produced 10 podium finishers. After opening his gym and establishing himself as a head coach during the inception of the sport in 2008, he has since shifted his focus to teaching his own seminars for both Athletes (Athlete development) and Coaches (proper coaching theories and techniques). His athletes include International record holders in power lifting, National Team members for USA weightlifting, All American wrestlers, the elite in the CrossFit universe (30+ games athletes and over 7 podium finishers), State champions and All American high school basketball players.  His professional focus is on personalized strength, conditioning and movement quality which ensures the foundation is properly built on an individual level so each athlete can reach genetic and athletic potential. He is an established, knowledgeable and respected teacher, coach and resource in the global fitness community. Jason earned his degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern CT State University where he also played basketball.
33:02
April 7, 2020
205. John Prescott | Neuse River CrossFit
John Prescott is the owner of Neuse River CrossFit and co-founder of Wheelpay.  John was also one of the original members of Jason Ackerman's first box, Albany CrossFit.   In today's episode, we discuss what boxes can be doing during the Corona Virus Pandemic, growing an adaptive community at your affiliate, and how to become a better CrossFit coach.
43:26
April 6, 2020
204. John Briggs | SBA Loans and CrossFit Affiliates
Fern and John from Incite Tax talk all things SBA loans and the Cares Act.
42:56
April 4, 2020
203. Jarett “JP” Perelmutter | Brick CrossFit
This is one hell of a rant from JP.  What are your thoughts?  You with him or against him? We got on the phone and he just went off...I hit record as fast as I could! JP owns and operates BRICK. Established in Los Angeles in 2010, BRICK rapidly expanded to tier one cities such as New York, Chicago and Boston. Applying a replicable, scalable and proven business model, JP has grown the company to 7 commercial location throughout the U.S. and 2 international partnerships in less than six years.
42:42
April 3, 2020
202. Caleb Nelson | Purebred Athletics
Caleb Nelson is owner of Purebred Athletics and Jason's former parter in CrossFit Clifton Park.  In this episode, Ackerman and Caleb reminisce about some of their fun times at Albany CrossFit, what they would have done differently, how much they've learned, and what the future holds.
54:15
April 2, 2020
201. Justin Ross | Monkey Reel Media
Justin Ross is the owner of Monkey Reel Media and does a ton of work exclusively with gyms on post and full production content.  In this episode, He and Fern discuss best practices for starting to shoot, create and edit all the content you need to create.  Justin Created a member bio for Crossfit Rife that got more than 500K views for Fern at CrossFit Rife.
46:36
April 1, 2020
200. David Colina | O2 Recovery
In this episode, Fern sits down with Founder and CEO of O2 Recovery Dave Colina to discuss what they are doing to help the CrossFit affiliates around the globe. Dave got his start in the corporate world before spending some time starting up charter schools and then found himself making recovery drink concoctions with his partner and delivering them to boxes all over.  O2 is a business born from the CrossFit space and doing what they can to give back to those that have supported them in their journey.
50:00
March 31, 2020
199. Joe Westerlin | MD-L1
Joe Westerlin is one of the best dudes you might not know.  He's been a part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff for over 10 years, was the founder of CrossFit Omaha, is the main flowmaster for the CrossFit MD-L1 seminars, and is an amazing husband and father.
48:16
March 30, 2020
198. Nutrition Chat
Fern and Ackerman have been getting a lot of requests to "guest coach" and talk to the members of affiliates.  Recently, Ackerman led a nutrition talk for the members of CrossFit Indestri, Watchtower, and Neuse River.  In it, he discusses, how to start with macros, small wins during this quarantine, intermittent fasting, and more.  
44:37
March 29, 2020
197. Bear Handlon | Born Primitive
Fern Sits down the CEO and founder of Born Primitive to discuss their "Back the Gyms Stimulus" and what they are doing to support the community that has supported them and sparked their growth from packing boxes in the garage to becoming a household name in the CrossFit community.  Born Primitive is donating 50% of their profits for all sales through April 5th directly back to affiliates and gyms in the community.  Find your affiliate or gym and enter their unique promo code and help gyms get through these hard financial times.
43:33
March 28, 2020
196. Using Zoom during the Quarantine
Most affiliates around the world have been shut down.  But like anything else in the CrossFit world, that's not stopping us.  Affiliates have adapted, pivoted, and overcome by going online.  In today's episode, Ackerman, Fern, and Cassidy discuss best practices for using zoom as a box owner, coach, and member.  
45:21
March 27, 2020
195. Matt O'Keefe
Matt O'Keefe is planning his next big move in the CrossFit world and it's going to have a global impact.  Tune in to listen to Ackerman and O'Keefe discuss his early days in the CrossFit space, how sobriety and stepping into Northshore CrossFit changed his trajectory, and how he plans to unite the world through this pandemic.
46:00
March 26, 2020
194. Corona Virus | How do affiliates adapt and overcome
We know the last thing you need is more Corona Virus talks, but we are trying to keep this positive, light-hearted, and educational.  Fern and Ackerman are recording daily episodes while on lockdown, shoot us your questions to besthouroftheirday@gmail.com
48:05
March 25, 2020
193. Pat Sherwood
Pat Sherwood’s first CrossFit workout was in 2005 (after spending seven years as a Navy SEAL) and a lot has changed in the functional fitness landscape since then. The CrossFit Games have evolved from a backyard throw-down to this year’s $2.4 million prize purse. Individual —and sometimes team— athletes are becoming full-time CrossFitters and year-round competitor programs are all the rage. Sherwood, a CrossFit Games Update Show host and analyst, runs the online-only affiliate CrossFit Linchpin and has earned a reputation for “brutally elegant” workouts and advocating that one hour a day is STILL all that most people need to be fit.
1:19:15
March 24, 2020
192. Mark Bell
No intro needed.  Powerlifter Bodybuilder Gym Owner Inventor Carnivore Humbled to have the Legend Mark Bell on today's episode.
1:06:27
March 23, 2020
191. Nicole Aucoin | Find a new Normal
Nicole Aucoin is making her return appearance on today's episode and holds the very prestigious honor of being the first female guest to appear twice.  In today's episode, Nicole helps affiliates navigate this challenging time with the Corona Virus.  We talk best practices for running classes online, loaning equipment, compensating coaches and more.  Be sure to check out the links she provided as well.   Links: Free Help, Virtual Meeting/Class Templates and Checklists First Workout Debrief
51:08
March 21, 2020
190. Stepping on Toes
Scenario:  You're not coaching, but you're taking class.  The Coach is missing many faults and in general needs help.  What do you do?  Do you step in or continue as a participant. . Listen in as Fern and Ackerman navigate this challenge.
24:54
March 20, 2020
189. The Sickness, Wellness, Fitness, Continuum
Coach Glassman's, "Sickness, Wellness, Fitness Continuum" has never been more relavant.
45:16
March 19, 2020
188. Jeff Tucker
Jeff Tucker is a legend and the father of gymnastics in the CrossFit world. In today's episode we talk about the hundreds of seminars he led around the world, his time running the CrossFit Regionals, and his recent decision to start the Carnivore Diet.
55:37
March 18, 2020
187. Sean Eberle | Neuse River CrossFit
Sean Eberle is one amazing dude.  Listen in as we chat about how he found CrossFit, losing 30lbs, becoming a competitive athlete, and taking his L1.  Also ladies, he's single and ready to mingle...slide into his DMs.
57:00
March 17, 2020
186. The Corona Virus
Everything you need to know as a box owner, a coach, and member in how to handle this pandemic.
52:15
March 13, 2020
185. Dawn Fletcher | Mentality WOD
Dawn Fletcher is a mental performance specialist and the owner of MENTALITYWOD.com. Dawn has had nearly every job in the fitness industry over the last 14 years and has helped more than a dozen athletes to The CrossFit Games and many others to championships, podiums, and elite competitions. Dawn was recently been named “1 of The 30 Most Influential Health Bloggers” and her site is recognized as “1 of The Top 5 CrossFit Blogs.”  As far as we know, she is also the only coach in the world who has a Master’s in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport Psychology, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a Level 3 CrossFit Certification. This is a unique combination that is unmatched in the fitness industry.
49:26
March 11, 2020
184. Libby Landry | CrossFit Invictus
Libby Landry is the GM at CrossFit Invictus as well as part of our seminar staff.  In today's episode, we discuss the challenges and obstacles that women face in the CrossFit coaching world.
45:37
March 10, 2020
183. Jessica Bergman | Downtown Strength and Conditioning
Jessica hails from New York City where she spent the majority of her life until moving to South Florida. She currently resides in Miami where she is the owner of Downtown Strength and Conditioning.  In this episode, Jess talks about the little things she does to make DTSC stand out and how she applies what she has learned in her business career to the affiliate.
51:33
March 9, 2020
182. Coaching Sh*tty Athletes, Part II
Last week we answered Nicole's question about coaching non-responsive athletes or athletes that simply don't listen.  After the episode, she hit us up with some feedback and we thought the best course of action was to have her on the show to discuss further.   What are your thoughts on this topic?  
42:57
March 6, 2020
181. Preparing for your L3
Thinking about taking the CrossFit L3 Test?  Listen in as we tell you the best way to prepare for it.
37:51
March 4, 2020
180. Gale Yocom | CrossFit Strong
Gale Yocom and Fern chat about how Gale has gone from his garage and welding his own equipment to just having moved into a 54,000 sq ft facility that offers CrossFit, Sports Performance, Ninja Warrior, private training, bootcamp and more.  Gale is a 10 year + affiliate owner and a long time member of CF Seminar Staff.  Anyone who is looking for an unbelievable story and something to aspire to then you need to listen to this.
1:07:54
March 3, 2020
179. Core to Extremity
What is core to extremity movement pattern, why is it important, and how do we get athletes to better understand this concept?
32:43
March 2, 2020
178. Charlie Lima, Jeremy Thiel, and Spencer Nix
In today's episode Fern sits down with all three of these Texas box owners.  They have a very unique relationship in that the three owners get together monthly to help each other improve their business.
51:27
February 28, 2020
177. Brendan Rice | Wodify
Fern Sits down with Wodify team member Brendan Rice who is the Chief Marketing Officer.  They discuss the evolution of Wodify, why they found a niche lane in the CrossFit gym space and what their process for development has been.  They also discuss all things Wodify to include some functions people may not even know exist as well as some future developmental roll outs coming in the future.  Wodify is privately held and has never taken outside funding.  Their long term vision is to only create functionality that is necessary and to provide content that helps educate gym owners and run more sound businesses.
1:19:44
February 27, 2020
176. All about the Benjamins
In today's episode Fern and Ackerman answer the following email: I did my level 1 last August and started coaching in a brand new box in the small town I live in, population 5000ish. The gym owners have no previous experience in CrossFit, both have just done their L1 to open the gym (1 Failed) they already have an everyd ay gym in the town that runs spin classes and HIIT. I know for a fact they opened up only to make money which I understand it is a business at the end of the day but they just want to get as many members in and all classes full and don't really give a shit about current members, pretty sure they would struggle to know peoples names we have about 70 members at the moment. Payment wise I earn €5 less than the average L1 coach starting out. Starting rate in Ireland is €15 per hour I also only get paid per class and get zero for all extra work I carry out in the gym i.e vacuuming gym floor and equipment, cleaning changing rooms, keeping toilets stocked most of the time this comes out of my pocket. I agreed to coach for lower wages as I was coming into the industry with no past experience (day job as engineer) and wanted to start coaching asap and was a big plus to be able to do this in my hometown (where I had dreamed of opening my own gym someday). I approached the owner last week to ask for a pay increase to be on par with every other coach in the country (Ireland) as i have shown i am a capable coach (thanks in part to the best hour of their day) and was told no. So I'm basically stuck in a limbo I love coaching my morning crew and have created a great connection with them in the short few months the gym has been open which makes it harder for me to just walk away and find another coaching role, I do plan to open my own gym someday I just have a lot more coaching experience to gain and money to save. I'm 32 with a mortgage to pay and a 6-week old baby to look after. Do you think I should just shut up and get on with it and keep looking at the bigger picture or do I know my worth and walk away not knowing if I will get another coaching role I the near future?? PLEASE IF YOU TALK ABOUT THIS ON A PODCAST PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T MENTION MY NAME.
47:55
February 26, 2020
175. Tyson Oldroyd | CrossFit Media OG
Tyson Oldroyd was one of the first 200 affiliate owners, part of CrossFit HQ Seminar staff for many years, has been one of the mainstays in the CF media department for years and is responsible for commissioning more than 15,000 videos and some of the more well-known documentaries on NetFlix and iTunes such as Fittest on Earth, Froning, and Redeemed and the Dominant.  His experience as an affiliate owner, Seminar staff member and movie producer give him a one of a kind view into the CrossFit world.  There is some great advice in here for coaches and affiliate owners who are looking to push out more valuable content in order to get more exposure.
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February 25, 2020