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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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104. Chris Spigner | 7 Mile Strength and Fitness
Today Ackerman is chatting with Chris Spigner, they met Chris was up for re-validation of his level one. Chris’s name may sound familiar he use to play for the Boston Red Socks, sorry Yankee fans. Chris gets deep on what happened when he got released from the Red Sock due to injury and how he gained a lot of weight, stating it was the saddest time of this life. Examples The catalyst that creating that change in life and his Crossfit journey. Chris talk about how he learnt from Semair Staff and how he ended up in the Cayman Island coaching full time, met his wife and has a baby on the way. - The dream, but he talks about how it took time to get to this point. They get into the amazing work Chris and his team are doing with 7 miles. This great episode for coaching how are worried about taking that leap and don’t really know how to start with that move into full-time coaching. Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
44:21
October 18, 2019
103. Meagan Burns | Per Ignem CrossFit
On today episode Fern sits down with Meagan Burns. Meagan is pretty cool she’s one of the youngest females to have made it on to seminar staff at just 21, she now on her 8th year of being part of staff. Her Crossfit journey all start when she got a job at the front desk of a Crossfit box, after a few months of being that working out Meagan’s says she feel in love with it all; not coming from a fitness background in her youth. Meagan has a long list of Credentials, CrossFit Level 3 - Certified CrossFit Trainer, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Goal Setting, and CrossFit Aerobic Capacity. Recently Meagan started coaching at Crossfit Per Ignem which is as amazing. Meagan is a cool person and an amazing coach. “I knew right away that helping people and coaching were two things I wanted to do! I started coaching at a gym in North Carolina and eventually ended up getting a job working for CrossFit Headquarters on the training team for the Level 1 and 2 seminars—an absolute dream job! I love being able to help people reach their goals and achieve things they never thought were possible! I am so grateful to get to do what I love every day and I am excited to be a part of/build the community here at Per Ignem” - Meagan Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
59:51
October 17, 2019
102. Maggie Tincher | CrossFit Reston
In today episode Fern chats with Maggie Tincher. Maggie is a long-time member of Semair Staff,  a level 4 Coach, former firefighter and owns two Affiliates: CrossFit Fairfax and CrossFit Reston. She’s been running an affiliate for 13 years plus, that incredible. This a just a shortlist of Maggie’s accomplishments. She’s also been mentoring Fern.  See even host need mentoring and help! - This is a great episode for anyone who wants to be a long-time coach and whats to have affiliate open for 13 years. Honestly, she really is the boss lady. Maggie. is really that much of a badass Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
55:02
October 15, 2019
101. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | CrossFit Health
In this episode, Fern sits down with Dr Nathan Jenkins. Dr Jenkins is a tenured professor of exercise physiology at the University of Georgia. He conducts research and teaches courses on exercise, obesity and cardiometabolic disease. He’s been researching for 10 years how to prevent and treatment pf Chronic Disease.; along with his training was in exercise physiology in vascular biology. With a  post-doc work in vascular cell biology. He began CrossFit in January 2015 and obtained a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer credential in 2017. So you can bet that he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to complex issues. Along with he’s working Crossfit to push forward Crossfit Health and bridge the gaps between the two fields. Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:05:35
October 14, 2019
100. Coach Glassman
It's episode 100 and we have the founder of CrossFit, Coach Greg Glassman on today's show.  It was our goal to have Coach Glassman on our show and it was truly in Ackerman's mind, an example of putting something out in the world and making it happen. Thank you so much, for all your support! - We couldn't have done it without you! Don't worry we'll still going strong and got so much more content for you.  Be sure to head over to our site, Besthouroftheirday.com to check out our mentor group and the first 50 people to click the link will receive a FREE Best Hour of Their Day t-shirt courtesy of Forever Fierce. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
39:53
October 11, 2019
99. Stu Brauer | Guess who's back
In this episode, Fern chats with for the Stu Brauer, who has been mentioned numerous times in different episodes by many guests. This is Stu second time being on the podcast first was with Jason. This time they look at the issue facing gym owners how do you get more athletes in the box? And how it may look like the company have the magical recipe to get those people through your door with click funnels course etc does it really works? And if so could you handle the demand? On the other hand, if you don’t want to use these programmes or business to get people thought the door, with facebook and Instagram algorithm can you really push out content and it is being seen? - these question and much more is covered. If you need help with this! Stu's letting Best Hour Of Their Day listeners get buy one course, get one 50% off by using the promo code “fuckfacefifty”.  Like everything it takes time, and these will help with fundamentals to get you there. Click Here!  Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:03:34
October 10, 2019
98. Running the Open at your box | It’s the most wonder terrible time of the year
In this episode, your hosts Jason and Todd talk about the early Christmas present we as the Crossfit community are getting… the first-ever, and will probably never happen again the Second open of the year. I’ll wait while you clap and applause, and the screams of excitement … Nope, none? That I thought. But thank you so much, Dave, for this present that just keeps on giving. As Todd puts it “It’s the most wonder terrible time of the year”. This episode is meant to help Box owners to give you ideas how to not only run the open at your box also how to keep everyone on that high for the second time this year.  You’ll hear some story whereby it’s gotten out of hand, and a little be crazy. But also why it’s important for your members and crossfit community to be part of the worldwide competition, we all know 99% of people doing it are not going to the games or  Sacutional? The guys will explain. Todd uses the open in a slightly different way that he frames open, which as has been super successful. At the end of the day, it’s part of the culture that we as Crossfiter just do the open, it creates memories and it’s really a time we all push ourselves hard. Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
30:18
October 9, 2019
97. Heber Cannon | Buttery Bros
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down the half of the Buttery Bro. If you haven’t heard of  Heber or Buttery Bro you must be living under a rock. He was one of the driving force behind the Crossfit Games documentaries, but what's more, exciting if the work that he’s down since being let go from Crossfit when we got rid of their Media Team. Heber and long-time buddy Marston Sawyers teamed up to make the Buttery Bros which is bringing the Buttery content about the Games, Sanctionals, and all the athletes. They just to be seen to be everywhere right now bring out the best content for us the community to not only follow wants to go on but also in a fun entertaining way. Heber is a great person who is just following his passion with his best buddy making great content for the community don’t forget to check them out.   Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
33:24
October 8, 2019
96. Adam Tar | CrossFit Northport
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Adam Tar, who he met about a month ago at a Level 2. Adam is the owner and head coach at Crossfit Northport, wit his wife Sarah Tarr. What really impressed Ackerman about Adam was what he is doing from a business perspective within his Box. Adam has a Master of Bussision Admisionton, which he stated has not only allowed him to be the most expensive box in his area but also have a solid membership base of 100 members. Adam takes a very hard approach within his box, where he coaches 90% of classes, has very hard but ultimately fair internship program, and hold value in contacts to ensure his business stay alive. They discuss all of that but also topic like Grandingfathering in, going to court over contracts and my EFT should be your membership method of collecting. This may seem like some hard issue to face for many of us as box owners but Ackerman and Adam example why they are so important mostly because it’s allowing you to ensure your future. Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
54:59
October 7, 2019
95. Julian and Miranda Alcaraz | Street Parking
In this episode, Fern picks the brains of the founders of Street Parking Julian and Miranda Alcaraz which they started in 2016.  Miranda – after 15 years in the fitness industry, 8 years on CrossFit HQ seminar staff, and 8 years competing in CrossFit. Julian – after 10 years in the fitness industry, and 5 years competing in CrossFit. Both having trained and competed at the highest level – the CrossFit Games – they found themselves in new territory – busy. Julian was running a business and Miranda had settled into a full-time job. At the time the couple was dating and lived over an hour away from each other. They noticed something interesting. The workouts they would post on their social media from HOME – with simple equipment – was what people who followed them responded to most. An idea was formed. Post the simple workouts we are doing at home – so people can follow along. Charge a fee that is totally doable for most people. Create a community where we can push and motivate each other. The first-ever workouts were posted in November 2016 (just a few days before Miranda found out she was pregnant with their baby boy). Memberships went up for sale the week before New Years. Within the first month, Street Parking had 700 Members. As Street Parking continued to grow and the members were posting about how this had changed the game for them to be able to see success at home. The fire that Julian and Miranda felt to provide the best programming, community and service possible grew as well. With their own lives about to change forever with the birth of their son – they knew that this was something they wanted to dedicate themselves to 100%. Miranda left her full-time job. Julian sold his business. They went all in the business and they have one of the most successful online programmes out there. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
58:26
October 4, 2019
94. Luke Parker | Unbroken Fitness
In this episode, Jason Ackerman chats with Luke Parker.  Luke was the villain on this season of "The Bachelorette" but he is so much more than a reality TV bad guy; he’s honestly a high energy guy. And don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Luke before especially within the Crossfit space. Ackerman explains how Luke slid into his DM’s. But Luke does train with some big dogs, like Jacob Heppner. This is great episode that will get you fired up and back and chasing those dreams of yours. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
44:44
October 3, 2019
93. Rep Shavers
In this episode, all of your hosts Ackerman, Fern and Todd discuss a topic that faces every athlete more than once in the Affiliate, people who shave reps or more than likely you yourself have done it more than once. It’s a very controversial and likely a touchy subject for most. They drive into how they dealt with athletes who have done it and repeatedly, also looked into the flip side of let just be honest they just lost count and other situations whereby the athletes internal scaled because they’d bite off more than they can chew. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
33:40
October 2, 2019
92. Dr. Shakha and Dr. Scott | CrossFit Health
In this episode, Fern sits down with Dr Shakha and Dr Scott, who are both involved in the Crossfit Health scene. Dr Scott is an anesthesiologist, Dr Shakha is Coach Glassman’s children paediatrician. They discuss how Crossfit moving forward in the greater community, chronic disease and how to navigate that when it walks into your gym, what really is Glassman problem with Coke- Cola, and how when it comes to chronic disease medicine don’t curse they simply slow down the decay. They dive into how the main site is now more beneficial to us all as trainers and coaches. You may have to listen to this podcast a couple of time theirs so much information about health mark and why they are so important because they are so hard to get a test through your normal Doctors as well. Dr Shakha and Dr Scott open the Warrior Clinic so that you could get this important test done yourself at home to be more in control of your health. Along with we will be hosting a live Q&A with Dr Shakha and Dr Scott, details to follow. Check out the extras about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:07:29
October 1, 2019
91. Carl Paoli | Free + Style
In this episode Jason Ackerman sit down with Carl Paoli, have you heard of him? Probably is the reason you have or want to be able to do a back tuck right? Well, he’s the reason Jason can do one. He was featured on Crossfit Youtube channel back in 2011 teaching Jason Khalipa how to do one. Carl found Crossfit back 2006/2007. Very cool and down to earth guy who wants to help people not only move better but help people grow. Check out the extra content about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development gro
29:38
September 30, 2019
90. Greg Amundson | The Original CrossFit Fire Breather
In this episode Jason Ackerman the host sits down with some who he’s said from day one of his Crossfit journeys was someone he personal looked up. His guest Greg Amundson is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the US Army Officer Candidate School, South Bay Regional Public Safety Academy, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Federal Academy. Greg started his CrossFit training in December 2001 at the original CrossFit Headquarters gym in Santa Cruz, California. As an Athlete at the first CrossFit gym, Greg was coached and mentored by CrossFit Founders “Coach” Greg and Lauren Glassman for over seven years. Greg was also a former owner of the worlds first CrossFit gym on Research Park Drive in Santa Cruz, CA. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
55:35
September 27, 2019
89. Bethanie Werner | CrossFit Kapaa
In this episode, Fern sits down with Bethanie Werner. Owner of CrossFit Kapaa on the island of Oahu discuss the positives of owning a box that gets many drop-ins over the year. She also owner Crossfit Sany in Utah. Bethanie also breaks down what it's like taking over a box and having to work 80 of coach per month to keep the lights on, her plans for the future. She is a 10-year affiliate owner with a wealth of knowledge on how to make her business work for her. So many knowledge bombs dropped in this episode. From having GM, putting members on contacts, how to make it all work. Also, Bethanie is part of our mentoring group and she talks about that, if you are interested please reach out!  Side note Bethanie is looking for a coach at her box, pop over to the gym page and slide in those dm's. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:05:13
September 26, 2019
88. You're not a good enough coach
In this episode in this Todd, Ackerman and Fern discuss issues brought up in the last episode and what was promoted by the 10-year Affiliate Gathering. Why are affiliate’s de-affiliate? And the discussions that were brought up during the gathering. The host all give their options on this issue that is facing the community. And the title of the episode really does highlight the problem that is facing many coaches, that simply it’s easier not to teach the muscle-up or snatch. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
39:35
September 25, 2019
87. CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering
In this episode, Both Fern and Ackerman are in Whistler, Canada at the CrossFit affiliate gathering. Just giving you guys an inside scoop of what it's like at the gathering. With the special drop-in guest of Austin Begiebing. They raise some talking points that affiliate owners are facing, and they reminisce about it was like starting out over 10 years ago. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
37:00
September 23, 2019
86. Jud Dean | CrossFit 1st State
In this episode, Fern sits down with Jud Dean. Jud has been an affiliate owner for more than a decade.  Jud and Fern go back to 2011 at the Mid Atlantic Hopper Challenge.  Jud owns CrossFit 1st State in Delaware and does online coaching with his company Forever Hungry.  Jud coached the 2019 CrossFit Games Champ in the 60+ age division.  We discuss training masters athletes and how to look at their overall volume in training and we take a deep dive into his affiliate model that is predominantly focused on individualized CrossFit programming and how affiliates can offer a better service to their clients and provide superior results. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:07:26
September 20, 2019
85. Rob Grupe | From Prison to CrossFit owner
What if I told you that the stress of living month to month as a struggling entrepreneur is something to be grateful for? After listening to this episode with Rob Grupe, you will understand exactly what I mean. In this episode, Ackerman sits down with friends and someone who he credits as making him a better person, Rob Grupe. Rob is the founder and owner of Twice Bitten CrossFit in Oklahoma City. Before owning a gym, Rob served a jail sentence of 7 years in prison. Nearly a decade of time spent in a jail cell would typically break a man, but for Rob, it was a wake-up call to create a life built around service, and helping others. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
52:49
September 19, 2019
84. I Hate my Box.
In this episode hosts, Ackerman and Fern pull to pieces a very common problem, whereby a coach doesn’t like their box anymore. This was emailed to the guys by a listener, about what they should do when they butt heads with the owner of the CrossFit affiliate they go to. The listener also laid out the scenario, including their answers to the problem and Fern and Ackerman, talked through them and ultimately give out their best advice. Please remember that we are here for you guy. Do not hesitate to hit us up with your problems, because if you’re facing it chances are somebody else. We want to help that is what this is all about and why the podcast started. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com and with that our new website is up and running tell us what you think.  Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
46:51
September 18, 2019
83. Steve Liberati | Steve's Paleogoods
In the episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with the one and only Steve Liberati. As the head caveman for Steve’s PaleoGoods, Steve is always on the hunt for the healthiest way to eat, live, and give back to his community.  Never satisfied, Steve works tirelessly to find the best ingredients on Earth to fuel himself, his athletes and the entire paleo/primal and CrossFit community. He is the driving force behind every new product and the real-life equivalent of the Swedish Chef! Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
47:57
September 17, 2019
82. Joe Tepe | The Strip CrossFit
In this episode Jason and in part Roz sit down with Joe Tepe is the owner of The Strip CrossFit, the only box in Las Vegas with air conditioning.  Joe reached out after our episode about Open gym and when Fern and Jason jumped down the rabbit hole of drop-ins. Joe has a unique position to comment on drops in because he’s box gets over 2700 unique drop-ins every year, in fact, one stopped in doing this interview.  In this fun interview, Joe talks about turning away drop-ins that want to do "their own thing," maintaining class structure with so many strangers hitting class, and finding the balance of not jeopardizing the "best hour of the day" for his members.  He also drops the best places to eat in Vegas and the craziest thing a drop-in has ever done in his class. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
38:20
September 16, 2019
81. Amy West, MD | CrossFit Health
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Amy West MD. Amy is a genuinely wonderful human being who is working with Crossfit and Crossfit health to make people healthier and help as many people as possible. She found earlier on the push back from her co-workers by saying this like “CrossFit is bad” “crossfit will injure you” to lessen ten years on from when she first start and see this more neutral stance which is a good thing. They discuss the influences on the medical industry, which are creating this problem. Along with the ideas, Greg Glassman has been pushing most in most recent years. This is a fascinating episode which hits on a lot of different problems and topics and will be facing your box today. We hope this helps you navigate through them and your athletes. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
49:00
September 13, 2019
80. Andrew Frezza | Seven Figure Box
In this episode, Ackerman sits down with Andrew Frezza who is one of the owners of CrossFit Palm Beach in Jupiter, FL.  Which has been open for close to 7 years, last year brought in over seven figures in profits and has reached that 500 members. For a box that is out of the heavily density populated area is amazing. This may be a surprise as you’ve probably never heard of either himself or this brother Tony Frezza or Crossfit Palm Beach if you live outside of Florida area. This episode really highlights what it takes to make your box grow as a business and how you don’t need to be on Staff to do that or have a Games athletes training at your gym.  What it becomes clear from Andrew was how much he's cared about his members having the best hour of their day had helped the box grow to where it is today. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
45:08
September 12, 2019
79. What is Rx?
In this episode, Todd and Fern discuss the meaning behind the term "Rx."  Why it’s valuable, where it goes wrong in affiliates, how to educate your members on its place in training and some different ways to execute it at the affiliate level.  How it heavily demonized. Along with how coaches and affiliate owners are trapping them into the RX culture with their programming. Using their personal experiences from both of their own affiliates, they show how they’ve overcome. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
49:36
September 11, 2019
78. Mike Giardina | Assault Fitness
In this episode, Fern sits down with long-time friend Mike Giardina, who spent more than a decade on the CrossFit seminar staff coaching all over the world. You may recognize him if you took your Level 2 in the good coach/bad coach videos.  Mike started his career at CrossFit Atlanta and is a multi-time CrossFit Games athlete as both an individual and on a team.  Mike is currently working as part of the Assault Fitness team working with their products and developing training content. Fern and Mike discuss training, nutrition, continuing education and how to coach things like the assault bike and how to utilize the air runner as a coach and an athlete.  Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:10:37
September 10, 2019
77. Andrew and Jen Charlesworth | CrossFit Tuebor
In this episode, Jason sits down with time Andrew and Jen Charlesworth are both on the CrossFit seminar staff, are involved with multiple other businesses, own and run CrossFit Tuebor, one of the most successful boxes with over 200 members, and manage to regularly squeeze in their own training.  They have been both to regionals and Andrew is the other bro as part of the Thunder Bros with Dave. They discuss who they opened a box, how they grow their communities, different types of training and so much more. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! WE only need 3 more reveiw till 100! You guys are great! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
45:42
September 9, 2019
76. Keith Wittenstein | Work F*cking Harder
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with long-time friend Keith Wittenstein put your probably know him better as “Coach Panda! And if you’ve ever wondered why he’s called that? Look no farther they get into that. Keith is a real OG, it feels like he’s been in the sport since the beginning of time. But before the CrossFit, Keith taught vinyasa yoga for many years throughout New York City. Keith has a way of infusing humor into his detailed and intelligent teaching of anatomy and mobility techniques. Keith have pretty much every base of fitness cover from a Yoga Tune Up® teacher committed to having people move better and live pain-free lives; to He is a CrossFit® Level 4 Coach and a being veteran member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. He leads CrossFit Specialty Seminars on Kettlebells, Gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting. Jason and Keith drive deep into some really interesting issue with the Crossfit space. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! WE only need 3 more reveiw till 100! You guys are great!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
54:57
September 6, 2019
75. Nicole Aucoin | Healthy Steps Nutrition
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Nicole Aucoin. Nicole is the founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition and realized how important nutrition was at a young age. Her mom was diagnosed with cancer and her family completely changed their diet and lifestyle. Her mom lived years past the doctor’s expectations. Even though her mom ultimately lost the battle to cancer. Nicole was able to have years of memories with her that she may or may not have been able to have if the family didn’t completely change their diet and try complementary medicine...  Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
48:39
September 5, 2019
74. The Muscle-Up
In this episode, both of the host Jackerman and Fren sit down and talk about the muscle-up. Which most people haven’t even heard of until they walk into the box, and is viewed by many when you get your Muscle-up you get your “Crossfit Card”. The muscle-up (MU) is a movement that transitions from a hanging position below the rings to a supported position, arms extended, above the rings. It is a combination movement containing both a pull-up and a dip. Far from a contrivance, the muscle-up is hugely functional. With a muscle-up, you’ll be able to surmount any object on which you can get a finger hold–if you can touch it, you can get up on it. The value here for survival, police, firefighter, and military use is impossible to overstate. They discuss the practical application of the MU in classes.  From teaching it to scaling it appropriately, to helping members improve and string multiple together.  You are only as limited as your imagination.  Throughout this episode we dip into other topics, such as the art of coaching, keeping classes of different abilities engaged, and of course, we share plenty of funny and entertaining muscle-up stories. Check out the extra goodies about this episode on besthouroftheirday.com Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! We are only 5 reviews away from 100! You guys are amazing!!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
58:09
September 4, 2019
73. Marc Reklau | The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude
Marc Reklau is a Consultant, Speaker, and author of 7 books including the #1 Amazon Bestseller "30 Days - Change your habits, change your life", which since April 2015 has been sold and downloaded over 170,000 times and has been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean. He wrote the book in 2014 after being fired from his job and literally went from jobless to Bestseller (which is the title of his second book). The Spanish version of his latest book "Destination Happiness" has been published by Spain's #1 Publisher Planeta in January 2018. Marc's mission is to empower people to create the life they want and to give them the resources and tools to make it happen. He writes about habits, productivity and happiness. His message is simple: Many people want to change things in their lives, but few are willing to do a simple set of exercises constantly over a period of time. You can plan and create success and happiness in your life by installing habits that support you on the way to your goals. If you want to work with Marc directly contact him on his homepage www.marcreklau.com where you also find more information about him. You can connect with him on Twitter @MarcReklau, Instagram, Facebook or on his website www.goodhabitsacademy.com ----- Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
41:25
September 3, 2019
72. Chriss + Andrea Smith | Trident CrossFit
Chriss and Andrea Smith are two of the most awesome people in the CrossFit Community.  They have Owned Trident CrossFit for nearly 10 years, have seen their gym grow past 600 members, have both worked on HQ Seminar Staff, own multiple other businesses and have made all of the mistakes.  They are incredibly generous with their time and experiences so take notes! Support Trident CrossFit: @tridentcrossfit Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
1:04:01
August 30, 2019
71. Spencer Hendel | The Road to a 300lb. Snatch
Spencer Hendel is a six-time individual CrossFit Games veteran, competing in every CrossFit Games from 2009-2012 and 2015-2017. Though a bubble athlete frequently on the cusp of qualification, fans were shocked when he missed qualification for this first time in 2013 and then again in 2014, each by just one place. But Hendel proved he wasn’t down and out just yet with a comeback in 2015, returning to the Games and taking a career-best finish of fifth place. Head Coach of CrossFit One Nation in Waltham Massachusetts and a member of the CrossFit Level 1, Level 2, and Competitors Course Seminar Staff, in 2016, Hendel shared the field with his father Andrew Hendel, who took seventh in the Masters Men 55-59 Division. Support Spencer: @Spencer_hendel Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
47:27
August 29, 2019
70. Open Gym
What's the right thing to do when it comes to having an open gym at an affiliate?  Is it good to allow members to do their own thing?  Does it cause a rift in the community?  Should you charge more or less for it?  We discuss all of this and more in today's episode. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
38:13
August 28, 2019
69. Saxon Panchik | Brotherly Love
Saxon Panchik is not only a CrossFit Games athlete, placing 9th at the 2019 Games, but he's also the owner of CrossFit Cliffside along with twin brother Spencer.  The two of them plus older brother Scott are a part of the world's fittest family.  In this episode we talk about his epic performance at this year's Games, including his slide in against Noah Ohlsen, running a business with your sibling, and the terrible accident that got him to start CrossFit in 2009. Support Saxon: @saxon_panchik Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
38:38
August 27, 2019
68. Matt + Cherie Chan | Follow your heart
Matt and Cherie Chan have been involved in the CrossFit world since 2007, using CrossFit as a way to to help Matt improve his endurance as a Denver area firefighter. After four Top 10 finishes at the CrossFit Games, (including the runner-up slot in 2012), Chan became a full-time athlete and one of the most popular and knowledgeable veterans in the sport.  Cherie also has competed two times at the CrossFit Games and is a Flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar staff. In this fun conversation, we talk about how to rid your life of junk, working with your significant other, and the best ways to foster love in your relationship.  These are two amazing human beings and we are proud to call them friends. Support Matt and Cherie: @matt1chan + @cherizle Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
47:15
August 26, 2019
67. Coaches Compensation
One of the most commonly asked questions we get from both box owners and coaches is, "what's a fair pay?"  In this episode, Todd, Fern, and Ackerman, breakdown best practices, dos and don'ts, and some words of wisdom on how to best compensate CrossFit coaches. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
47:26
August 23, 2019
66. Sean Pastuch | Toxic Exercise Dependency
Have you heard of “Toxic Exercise Dependency” (TED)? TED is a condition that is defined as the following: Person(s) who exercise vigorously causing measurable negative findings in common health markers including but not limited to: Elevated white blood cells, hormone variability, loss of menstrual cycle, persistent muscle, tendon, and joint pain, and irregular sleep patterns. In severe cases of TED, people have experienced intense pain, loss of libido, headaches, weight loss, kidney damage, and more. Early signs that you may have TED include but are not limited to: You exercise daily and have not taken a day off in more than a week. You are in pain and instead of getting it taken care of or resting, you use support equipment to allow you to exercise. You require pain killers (OTC or Prescription) in order to exercise without pain. TED is a real condition often misunderstood to be a healthy habit, but it is actually as dangerous as habits widely accepted to be poor for your health. If you have signs of TED, speak with your coach immediately. Ok, Sean Pastuch made that whole thing up. But, if as you were reading it you were thinking “fuck, this is me”, you have a problem, and you should talk with your coach immediately, and listen to this episode. Support Sean and Active Life Rx: @activeliferx Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
53:50
August 22, 2019
65. WOD on the Waves
Want to party with 2000 of the fittest people on the planet?  Meet other like minded fitness enthusiasts?  Train with CrossFit Games athletes?  Attend seminars from industry experts?  Most importantly hang with Fern and Ackerman!?  Listen to this episode of Best Hour of Their Day and learn everything you need to know about WOD on the Waves.  Jason sits down with Austin Malleolo to chat about this amazing vacation!  Once you listen and are ready to book your room, use code BESTHOUR to get some special access to us on the boat. Support WOD on the Waves: @wodonthewaves Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
26:51
August 21, 2019
64. Chris Irwin | Teamwork: Navy SEAL Foundation
Chris Irwin has been part of the CrossFit Community for almost a decade in several different capacities.  He's a Naval Academy graduate, a former Navy SEAL,  has been an affiliate owner, the president of Kill Cliff and now serves in the non profit arena with the Navy Seal Foundation where he heads up strategic partnerships and is working on a growing a Hero WOD fundraiser.  We discuss operating an affiliate in a remote destination, handling drop ins, building a massive company from scratch, and how to contribute to the greater community.   Support Chris: @thischrisirwin Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website
1:05:19
August 20, 2019
63. Freddy Camacho | GFY
Freddy Camacho is the owner of Good For You CrossFit. Freddy retired from police work in 2018 as a sergeant at the Union City Police Department. Over the course of his career in law enforcement, he was an assistant team leader on the SWAT Team, the team leader on the SWAT Sniper Team, and a former defensive tactics instructor at both the police department and the police academy. In addition he is a Level Two Krav Maga instructor and has won medals in boxing and CrossFit in both the California Police and Fire Games and the World Police and Fire Games. Freddy has been a CrossFit gym owner since 2006, is a CrossFit Level Two trainer, and a 7 times CrossFit Games athlete. Support Freddy: @freddycamacho65 Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - https://www.besthouroftheirday.com/podcast/63-freddy-camacho-gfy 
50:11
August 19, 2019
62. Forever Fierce | Dos and Don'ts of Apparel
Matt and Fern break down apparel sales in the affiliate from start to finish.  Forever Fierce works with more than 500 independent gyms.  They have solved most of the issues that affiliates have with selling apparel.  How should we sell retail? Should we sell retail? How much stock should you carry? What should we charge? How many designs should we carry? How frequently should we order new shirts? Should we do more than shirts? Who does my designs? Who is in charge of retail?  If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions then you need to listen to this episode.   Support Forever Fierce: @frvrfrce Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
58:37
August 15, 2019
61. Logan Collins | 4x CrossFit Games athlete
Logan Collins has competed as an individual the last four years at the CrossFit Games, placing 31st, 15, 11th, and 13th.  He has done this while running his affiliate CrossFit Rejoice in Wylie, Texas, and also while training on his own.  This year people watched him hit over 20 rounds of "Mary" while dealing with a very painful calf cramp that caused him to revert to strict pull-ups.  Listen in as Logan talks about his thoughts of the 2019 Games, whether the field was truly fair during the sled push, and what he's doing to ensure a top 10 finish next year. Support Logan: @logancollins3 Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
1:00:12
August 14, 2019
60. Meetings
Where do meetings fit in box ownership and in life?  Most people will agree meetings tend to be a huge waste of everyone's time.  In today's episode we breakdown how to run an effective meeting, tips to make a meeting efficient, and when and why they are most valuable.  We also cover topics such as, should coaches be paid for attending meetings, how often they should be held, and why it's so important they start on time.  If you coach at a box, own a box, or have any meetings in your life, you'll learn from and appreciate this episode. Also, check out WOD on the Waves, Fern and Ackerman will be on the boat and if you use the code "BESTHOUR" at checkout you'll be guaranteed a spot and be invited to some private events with us. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com - to learn more about our private coaches development group.
47:37
August 13, 2019
59. John Wooley | Make WODs Great Again
John Wooley is the brains behind MWGA. He refers to MWGA as his “inside voice” on his fitness journey. John lives by the mantra of, if you don’t look back and laugh at your own journey, then how can you have fun going forward? Support John: @makewodsgreatagain Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
37:20
August 9, 2019
58. Rory Mckernan | Behind the Horns
Rory McKernan has been a big part of the CrossFit community for over a decade.  He was part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff for several years before moving over to the CrossFit Media Team.  He has been part of the Update Show for the CrossFit Games as well as a color commentator for the the Open, Regionals and the Games.  He recently co-wrote a book with Katrin Davidsdottir entitled “My journey to becoming a two time CrossFit Games Champion”.  We discuss social media and what affiliates can do to enhance the their brands using online platforms. Support Rory: @rorymckernan Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
1:06:30
August 8, 2019
57. Todd Occhiuto | Teaching and Seeing Drills
Todd Occhiuto is a flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar team and one of our closest friends.  Todd has written many articles for the CrossFit Journal helping coaches develop their ability to teach, see, and correct movement.  In this episode (recorded at the CrossFit Games), we discuss some simple drills coaches can use right away to help them develop. We also discuss the mobility epidemic going on in the CrossFit world, where coaches and athletes immediately believe all of their problems, physical and emotional can be solved by doing more mobility rather than moving better. Support Todd: @tjo_10 Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
39:36
August 7, 2019
56. Judging at the CrossFit Games
Fern and Ackerman just got home after judging the individuals at the 2019 CrossFit Games.  In this episode, Jason sits down with his wife Roz as she asks him all about what goes down behind the scenes. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
1:03:26
August 6, 2019
55. Chuck Bennington | Coach like you mean it
Chuck Bennington has been one of our most requested guests and it comes as no surprise, he is a likable dude. Chuck is a long-term member of the CrossFit community and got his start in coaching when he relocated to learn under the tutelage of Jeff Tucker. From there, Chuck has owned an affiliate, ran the 2010 CrossFit South Central Regional, and become a lead on the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar Team. Support Chuck: @chuckbennington Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
59:22
August 2, 2019
54. Marcus Filly | Committed to changing how people view fitness and themselves
Marcus Filly has smoothly made the transition from CrossFit Games athlete to a leader in the functional bodybuilding world. But don't write him off just yet from ever stepping onto the CrossFit competition floor. In this interview Jason and Marcus discuss finding balance in life, the idea of training for health vs sport, people putting too much emphasis on social media, and more. Support Marcus: @marcusfilly Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
1:00:50
August 1, 2019
53. Q + A | with guests Austin Malleolo + Denise Thomas
In today's episode we answer your questions.  Fern sat down with special guests Austin Malleolo and Denise Thomas questions submitted by you, our listeners.   Thank you to all of our fans that sent in questions.  If you have questions you want answered on a future episode or topics you would like us to discuss, please DM us on social media @besthouroftheirday or email us besthouroftheirday@gmail.com Support Denise and Austin: @amalleolo + @denthomas7 Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
1:06:41
July 31, 2019
52. Stuart Brauer | WTF???
Stu Brauer is the owner of Urbn Mvmnt in Charlotte, NC, the WTF Gym Talk podcast and brand, and is a content machine. He also has a youtube channel and Vlog as well as a brand new online university for gym owners, Microgym University.   In today's episode we talk about everything from the challenges of being a red head, why you should or shouldn't curse, the biggest mistake box owners are making, how to rebrand, and so much more. Learn more about the Self-Made Summit Support Todd: @stubrauer + @wtfgymtalk Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
55:27
July 30, 2019
51. Todd Widman | Leadership has to be selfless and genuine
Todd Widman got hooked on CrossFit when he was a captain in the Marine Corps. As a flowmaster on CrossFit’s Seminar Staff, he says he finds his job highly rewarding. Likewise, he encourages everyone in the community to give coaching a try before shouldering the responsibility of owning an affiliate. “When you give people the power of doing something—a pull-up, a push press, a squat, whatever it is—they figure out that they can do that by their will. They can then start to take care of this,” Widman says, pointing with both index fingers to his head. He adds: “I love that stuff because they realize that they’re still in control of their life, that it’s not just all downhill for the rest of their life. It’s shocking and humbling and beautiful.” Support Todd: @todds_gym Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
56:12
July 29, 2019
50. North Naples CrossFit | Matt Torres + Dario Aviles
Matt Torres and Dario Aviles opened the doors of North Naples CrossFit in 2013.  What was done out of a passion for fitness quickly turned into a real business that forced these two valet parking attendants to quickly learn and adapt.  It's amazing to see two childhood friends create something that has helped hundred of Naples locals improve their health and well-being.  Listen in as we discuss how it all began, mistakes they've made along the way, and what they do every day to make sure they are doing their best for the box. We are looking to shine the spotlight on more affiliates.  If you want to share your story, reach out to us on social media or email us besthouroftheirday@gmail.com and you could be featured on an upcoming episode. Support North Naples CrossFit: @northnaplescrossfit Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
57:14
July 26, 2019
49. Mistakes we've Made
Together Fern and Ackerman have owned seven gyms, coached tens of thousands of members, and have been hitting CrossFit workouts for over 25 years.  To say they have made a few mistakes would be a significant understatement...they've f*cked up dozens and dozens of times.  However, they have learned from all of these mistakes and you can too.  In today's episode we discuss our top mistakes and what we learned from them. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
40:54
July 24, 2019
48. Pamela Gagnon | How to improve your gymnastics for CrossFit
For those of you who aren't familiar with Pamela, she is a lead instructor of The Gymnastics Course (formerly CrossFit Gymnastics), a former collegiate gymnast at Rutgers, a 3 time CrossFit Games athlete and 6 times regionals athlete. Basically she knows more about bodyweight movements than 99% of the world. Support Pam: @pamelagnon Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
49:08
July 22, 2019
47. Brian Chontosh | Becoming a leader
Brian Chontosh is a retired Marine officer who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Iraq.  Tosh is also one hell of a coach.  Brian is a L4 CrossFit coach and part of the CrossFit seminar staff.  Listen in as he talks about leadership, challenging yourself, and improving your mindset. Support Tosh: tosh.crookedbutterfly Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
1:08:27
July 19, 2019
46. Preparing for your L2 Seminar
Whether you are getting ready to take your L2, already have, or never will, this episode will make you a better coach.  Fern and Ackerman discuss the six criteria for being an effective coach and give actionable steps to improve in all areas.   Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!    Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman   Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
59:22
July 17, 2019
45. Becky Harsh | Should you do Keto?
Becky Harsh is a part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff and owner of Beaver Menace CrossFit in Castle Rock, Colorado.  Recently she tested the ketogenic diet for 90 days and is here to talk about her experience, advice for people considering it, and whether or not she will continue.   Keto is a huge buzz word, so before starting or recommending it, listen to someone that gave it a whirl. Support Becky: @beckyharsh Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
55:42
July 15, 2019
44. Kelly Starrett | The Ready State
Kelly Starrett is a legend in the CrossFit world, a physical therapist, author, and speaker. His 2013 fitness book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, was featured on The New York Times bestselling sports books list. He is a co-founder, with his wife Juliet Starrett, of the fitness website MobilityWOD. In 2017 Kelly was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Support Kelly: @suppleleopard Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
51:44
July 12, 2019
43. Preventing Burn Out
You love CrossFit, whether you just hit the classes, coach at your box, or are an owner, we do it because it's fun and exciting.  But what happens when you start to feel burned out?  Is it preventable?  How can you handle it?  Is there any coming back?  Good news, you're not alone, many of the best athletes and coaches have suffered from burn out.  In this episode we discuss why it happens, how to prevent it, and what you can do to overcome it. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
55:29
July 10, 2019
42. Tasia Percevecz | There is no "I" in Team
Tasia Percevecz went from competing as an Individual to a member of the CrossFit Mayhem champions.  In this episode, we discuss why being on the team is harder, just how brutal the worm is, the benefits of gymnastics as a child, and much more.  Support Tasia: @tasiapercevecz  Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman Check out our website - besthouroftheirday.com
51:28
July 8, 2019
41. Dallin Pepper | The World's Fittest Teenager
At 17 years old Dallin Pepper has already won the CrossFit Games twice and is planning on making 2019 his third championship.  Listen in as Dallin discusses what it's like being the fittest on earth, training with the elite, balancing training with sports, and the first time he beat his dad in a workout. Support Dallin @dallinpeppercf Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman
53:35
July 3, 2019
40. Q + A | with guest Donny Forbis
In today's episode we answer your questions.  Fern, Ackerman, and special guest Donny Forbis sat down after a recent L1 Seminar and answered questions from our listeners.  Between the three of us, we have owned 8 affiliates, coached over 600 L1 and L2 seminars, and have tens of thousands of hours experience coaching athletes. Thank you to all of our fans that sent in questions.  If you have questions you want answered on a future episode or topics you would like us to discuss, please DM us on social media @besthouroftheirday.
1:00:15
July 2, 2019
39. Denise Thomas | Fail to plan, plan to fail
Denise Thomas is well respected as one of the best CrossFit coaches in the world.  She has been a flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar team for nearly 10 years, works at Reebok HQ, and runs the CrossFit coaches development program.  When you think of Denise (DT) you immediately think of passion, care, and empathy, all qualities we discuss regularly on the show that make a great coach and human being. Support Denise: @denthomas7 + @dtlessonplans Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts!  Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman
1:08:01
July 1, 2019
38. Rob Kearney | World's Strongest Gay
Rob Kearney is a Pro Strongman, holds two Log Press World records, and the only openly gay professional strongman in the world.  We chat about what it means to be the only openly gay man in this macho sport, training for the world's strongman, and balancing marriage with competition. Support Rob: @worlds_strongest_gay Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on Instagram: @besthouroftheirday + @thejasonackerman
50:00
June 28, 2019
37. The Deadlift
Fern and Ackerman take a deep dive into one of the most functional movements out there.  You'll get our methods of teaching the group at L1 seminars, a 30 second tutorial on how to get people set up properly, best practices for scaling, and so much more. This episode will make you a better coach and athlete, truly a must listen.
47:51
June 26, 2019
36. Nuno Costa | Overcoming adversity
Nuno has been a head coach for CFHQ since 2012 coaching Level 1 and 2 seminars all over the world and is a Crossfit Certified Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3) Nuno also coached the CrossFit Endurance seminars for over 5 years, traveling the world to train other coaches proper running and endurance training technique, nutrition, injury prevention and program design. Nuno was a NCAA Division 1 Track and Field athlete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, competing in the 200M and 400M sprints. He began competing in triathlons in 2006, completing a 1/2 Ironman, numerous sprint distance races, and a few Olympic distance triathlons. Nuno is one of 2 athletes in the world to compete in the CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup every year since they started in 2009 including being part of the winning team in 2014 (Team Invictus) and will be competing in the 40-44 division at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
47:51
June 25, 2019
35. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Turn Pro
Dr. Sean Pastuch founded Active Life because he believed that the world deserves better solutions than the modern medical model can provide.  Sean believes the current medical model manages physical pain without considering the emotional ramifications of the proposed intervention. Too many people have heard from their doctor "You have to stop doing _____, Playing ______, going _______," and it's unacceptable. We take an oath to "do no harm", but how is harm defined. Dr. Sean believes it is harmful to tell someone they have to stop doing what gives them great joy so that they can eliminate the subjective discomfort that we call pain. So he came up with a replacement, a solution.  Active Life is the only company in the world helping thousands of people to get out of pain WITHOUT going to the doctor or missing the gym.
55:26
June 24, 2019
34. Matt DellaValle | Stay gold
Matt Della Valle (MDV) is one of the best coaches in the world. Starting his career at CrossFit New England he ultimately made the move to Reebok and joined the CrossFit Seminar Team. He was a part of the CrossFit staff for three years before deciding to take an opportunity with Jason Khalipa at NC Fit and be an integral part of growing the company. Prior to finding CrossFit, Matt earned his law degree and was an aspiring attorney before deciding to follow his passion of helping others. As you listen to this episode you will hear how Matt's constant pursuit of excellence, knowledge and willingness to leave his comfort to seek out the best in the world has helped his journey.
48:30
June 21, 2019
33. Coaching movements you struggle with
How do you coach muscle-ups if you can't do them?  What about coaching athletes that are better than you?  In this episode, Ackerman and Fern discuss both of these topics, give advice, and tell real stories about their experiences with these same challenges.
34:43
June 19, 2019
32. Bill Anthes | The greatest adaptation happens between the ears
This episode is all about mindset and how to overcome adversity to be the best version of yourself.  In this interview with Bill Anthes, a former Green Beret and founder of Between the ears we discuss tactics to help you overcome anything in life, the importance of journaling, and how a structured morning routine can set you up for success the rest of the day. Find Bill online: @btwntheears - @billanthes - Betweentheears.com - Btepractice.com
1:01:41
June 18, 2019
31. Conor Murphy | Living in the moment
Conor Murphy was born and raised in Washington State, where he spent 10 years in Spokane, before moving to Gig Harbor. After graduating from Gig Harbor High School he enlisted in the Navy to follow his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. The recurrence of an injury suffered in training however, would lead to his medical disqualification. After using CrossFit as a means to stay fit, Conor took the plunge and signed up for his Level 1 certificate course. He later moved to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and opened Reebok CrossFit St. Thomas, with owners Chris and Jenn Irwin. After two consecutive podium finishes at the CrossFit Regionals, he signed a contract to become a sponsored athlete for Reebok. This in turn allowed him the opportunity to coach at Reebok CrossFit One at the Reebok World HQ. Not only is he employed by Reebok as a coach, but also works for CrossFit as a Head Trainer on the CrossFit L1 Seminar Staff. (The same seminar that, he says, was the impetus in getting his life back on track).
54:04
June 17, 2019
30. Chris Hinshaw | A constant quest for better
Chris Hinshaw is the founder of aerobiccapacity.com, and is widely considered one of the top endurance coaches in the world. Chris is known internationally for his extensive knowledge and practical experience developing aerobic capacity in athletes of all experience levels using his comprehensive, cutting edge approach to training. Hinshaw is a former All American swimmer and world-class professional triathlete. His top international finishes includes a 2nd place overall finish at the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, 2nd place overall finish at the Ironman World Championships in Canada, and a 1st place overall finish at Ironman Brazil. Hinshaw graduated in 1989 with a BS in Business Administration and a Concentration in Finance from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. His favorite cheat meal is Ruffles potato chips (low fat with sea salt) and onion dip. He was born in Mountain View, CA and currently resides in Cookeville, TN
1:08:43
June 14, 2019
29. Equipment | What should you buy?
Whether you're starting a new affiliate, adding equipment to an existing one, or training out of your garage, it's important to be smart about where and how you spend your money.  In this episode, Fern and Ackerman discuss what equipment you definitely need and what should be avoided. If you haven't already, please head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a review.   If you have any topics you want to hear us discuss, please let us know, DM us on Instagram or email us jasonackerman36@gmail.com
45:00
June 12, 2019
28. Jon Gilson | The biggest mistake box owners make
Jon Gilson has been around CrossFit for a very long time and because of that he has a wealth of knowledge.  As a business owner, trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and athlete.  But this episode is not just for owners and coaches, Jon is a very smart dude and he drops knowledge that will resonate regardless of your career and really help you take a deeper look into some of the choices you make on a daily basis. Find Jon on social media @jongilsonaf
49:43
June 10, 2019
27. Strength + Metcon | What's the best programming for a box?
The debate rages on but in this episode, Fern and Ackerman help guide you to a better understanding of the best programming at the box level.  The truth is there is no right or wrong, and even sh*tty programming can yield amazing results.  With that being said, if you listen to this show you know we want to educate and help coaches, owners, and members learn and understand best practices.   We want to hear from you.  Agree with us?  Completely disagree?  Let us know.   Reach out to us on social media @besthouroftheirday 
27:43
June 7, 2019
26. Chris Spealler + Doug Zakaras | It's a constant choice to be good.
Chris Spealler is a legend in the CrossFit world. Chris was an individual competitor in 7 CrossFit Games, Owner of CrossFit Park City, and trainer for CrossFit Headquarters for over 10 years. Doug Zakaras, a former school teacher and Vice Principal, is a head coach at CrossFit Park City and a flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar team. Together, Chris and Doug host the Icon Athlete Podcast available on all podcast platforms. Find them on social media: @csspealler @dzakaras
50:11
June 4, 2019
25. Steph Hammerman | Coaching from a wheelchair
Stephanie "the Hammer" Hammerman, of North Carolina, is a cancer survivor and the world's first CrossFit Level 2 trainer with cerebral palsy. When Steph was born, her future was unclear and doctors initially said she might never walk, talk, read or write. But now, she’s done all of those things — and more. In this episode we discuss her introduction to CrossFit, becoming Nike's first adaptive fitness athlete, owning her own affiliate, beating cancer, and what's next.
41:11
May 31, 2019
24. Class Size | What's the ideal number to have in class
How many members can you effectively coach in a class?  There are many factors you need to evaluate.  Space, equipment, and experience to name a few.  In this episode we discuss what we believe is the ideal class size and provide some actionable items to help you evaluate what the right class  size is for you.
36:07
May 29, 2019
23. Pat Barber | Connecting on a personal level
Pat Barber has been doing CrossFit since long before it was cool.  His first workout was in 2003 and he's never looked back, he also never thought it would become his career.  From the CrossFit Games to the cover of "Every Second Counts" to over 10 years on the CrossFit seminar staff, he's done it all.   Hailing from Santa Cruz, as expected Pat is fun and very relaxed.  He is married to wife Taz and has three kids they regularly discuss on their podcast "The Tribe Life."  Together they also run, Warmups and Workouts as well as Outside the Box. Find Pat on Instagram  @patbarbercf
41:07
May 28, 2019
22. Murph | A how to guide to running, implementing, and hitting Memorial Day Murph
In this episode, Jason Ackerman breaks down some best practices for running this Hero WOD at your affiliate.  Jason gives you ideas from the box owner perspective, as well as the coaches and athletes.  Spoiler alert, most importantly this should be the best hour of their day!
17:02
May 23, 2019
21. Wheel WOD | Stouty and Logan discuss how to adapt and program workouts
Stouty and Logan chat with Jason on the challenges of adapting workouts for all people, programming for competitions, and how they test workouts to make sure they uphold the intended stimulus.  In addition, they have a big announcement on the evolution of Wheel WOD. Wheel WOD was established in 2013 by Stouty, after 6 years of developing adaptive competitions and educational content Logan Aldridge officially joins the team as a true partner and director of public relations and education.  Logan will be heavily involved in daily and personalized programming for athletes looking to compete or just developing skills. The goal is to continue to provide the community with opportunity to compete and increase the brand globally with interested partners and providing inclusiveness for all in fitness & sport.  In addition together they will be releasing full affiliate programming that will include adaptive components for temporary and permanent injured athletes or will offer to adapt your current programming to help gyms feel prepared for any athlete that walks/rolls through the door. 
38:53
May 22, 2019
20. Carleen Mathews | Free coaching to those in recovery
Carleen Mathews is best known for her three appearances at the CrossFit Games.  Lesser known about her, but more importantly her affiliate CrossFit St. Helens has a free CrossFit program for those in the 12 step program.  This initiative has helped many improve their health and even save their lives. Carleen is also part of a coaching development program led by Chris McDonald in Portland, Oregon, where local box owners get together and work on improving at their craft.  We discuss why it's important to constantly be learning as well as what it's like coaching as a female as well as a CrossFit Games competitor. Check out Carleen and CrossFit St Helens on instagram @teamcarleen @crossfitsthelens
1:01:33
May 20, 2019
19. Chuck Carswell | Ask one more question
CrossFit has its share of icons, legends and heroes, but Chuck Carswell is an institution. He is well-respected and beloved throughout the entire CrossFit community. Chuck makes everyone feel like a friend that he has known forever, it's an innate trait but something that on "Best Hour of Their Day" we believe is learnable and there is no one better to learn from than Chuck. If you love Chuck or this is your first time hearing him, please consider sharing this podcast to reach and impact more people.
57:12
May 17, 2019
18. Empathy | A how to for improving presence and attitude
I used to believe, "I can teach anyone how to coach an air squat but I can't teach you how to not be an asshole."  I was wrong.  Empathy, compassion, and charisma are all learnable characteristics and traits.  In this episode we give you actionable items to help improve your presence and attitude not just at the box, but in life.
26:49
May 15, 2019
17. Margaux Alvarex | Diversify your Life
Margaux Alvarez is a six-time CrossFit Games athletes, a World Long Drive competitor, contestant on American Ninja Warrior, and owner of the Vineyard CrossFit.  In this episode, we discuss how she finds time to do "all the things"  while managing to stay on top as one of the fittest females in the world.   Find Margaux online: Instagram @thegoatwine @321gaux and buy some wine - Thevineyard.space
57:35
May 14, 2019
16. Mike Burgener | Sh*t coach, just tell me to jump
Mike Burgener is one of the most well loved and respected Coaches in all of CrossFit and he has quite the resume.  In addition to being a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach, a graduate of Notre Dame with an MS degree from the University of Kentucky, he is also a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps and spent 32 years teaching Physical Education.   Despite all of his credentials, most know Coach B. as the leader of CrossFit weightlifting and the crazy geezer known for yelling, "yay burpees!" In his 70s, he continues to train and coach and in this interview, he discusses some best practices for improving your Olympic lifts as both a coach and athlete.
56:51
May 13, 2019
15. James Hobart | It's all about who you do it with
You may recognize James Hobart from the CrossFit.com demo videos, he moves like an angel.  But in addition to being one of the world's fittest human beings, he is also one of the best coaches.  As a flowmaster on the CrossFit Seminar Staff, James has traveled the world teaching the CrossFit methodology. In today's episode James gives actionable advice on how to improve as a coach, as well as some of the best and worst things he has done in his own coaching development.  James also has an incredible sense of humor and this episode will not only leave you better prepared to coach others but you'll get some great laughs in as well. You can find James on Instagram @jameshobart and be sure to check out thehamplan.com
55:25
May 10, 2019
14. The Air Squat | Best practices for teaching
In this episode Ackerman and Fern breakdown CrossFit's most fundamental movement the air squat.  The focus today is on how to best teach it.  Some simple guidelines, talk less and move more.  But you'll hear some of our favorite cues, analogies, and stories along the way.  Whether you currently coach, aspire to, or simply want to move better, you'll gain something from listening to this episode.
39:25
May 8, 2019
13. Kevin Ogar | You have to care
Kevin Ogar is more than just some weird guy in a wheelchair. In addition to owning CrossFit Watchtower and being a head trainer on both the L1 and Adaptive CrossFit Seminar teams, Kevin has founded the Revellie Project and helped hundreds of adaptive athletes learn how to implement CrossFit as way to improve their lives. In this interview Kevin teaches me the difference between scaling and adapting, how to best learn from adaptive athletes, spoiler alert, it's the same as able bodied athletes, and we discuss his number one tip to developing not only as a coach, but as a human being. You can find Kevin on Instagram @kevinogar and learn more about the CrossFit adaptive seminar @adaptivecrossfit
57:20
May 7, 2019
12. EC Synkowski | Coach like you are teaching a five year old
EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1.  Her enthusiasm, expertise and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster position, as well as her CF-L4 certification. EC finished her second master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.  From there, she founded her company, OptimizeMe Nutrition, where she focuses on helping individuals better understand nutrition and t’s day-to-day application.  You may also recognize EC as the  founder of the #800gChallenge, an eating plan that encourages participants to maximize their fruit and vegetable intake and encourages the consumption of whole, unprocessed foods.  With more than 20 years of experience and academic training, EC seamlessly translates the evidence-based scientific data into practical solutions for everyday success. You can follow EC on @ecsyn,  and you can follow OptimizeMe Nutrition @optimizemenutrition
47:31
May 6, 2019
11. Adrian Bozman | Be at the right place and willing to work
Most know "Boz" as the head judge at the CrossFit Games, most don't know how he got there.  Turns out being at the right place at the right time is important, but equally important is putting in the effort, showing up and doing whatever is asked of you, and working hard.   From personal trainer to flowmaster, Boz's story is incredible and he shares it all with us on this episode. Find Boz on instagram @apbozman
1:08:27
May 3, 2019
10. On-Ramp | What's the best version for your box?
What is the best option for on-boarding new athletes into your affiliate?  In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of many alternatives, from the hop right into class structure, to an intro session, a 3 day one on one training, and even six and 12 days structures.  Box owners, coaches, and CrossFit members will benefit from listening to this episode and considering the different possibilities and evaluating which one they use.
42:54
May 1, 2019
9. Dave Lipson | Combining CrossFit and Bodybuilding
Dave "Freakin" Lipson is considered one of the best CrossFit coaches in the world, the founder of Thundrbro, a former competitive CrossFitter, and now preparing for the Colorodo Bodybuilding State Championships.   His simple approach to combining bodybuilding and the CrossFit methodology has allowed him to completely transform his physique as well as help thousands of others that follow his guidance via his series of books, all over available at thundrbro.com. You can find him on Instagram @davefreakinlipson and @thundrbro
38:50
April 30, 2019
8. Chris Cooper | How to move from Janitor to CEO
Chris is the owner of CrossFit Catalyst and Founder of Two Brain Business.  Chris began mentoring gyms in early 2012. Soon after, he was invited to work as a journalist for CrossFit, Inc. for a year, and he began traveling around the world on the CrossFit for Hope and other projects. In 2015, he published two books, "Two-Brain Business 2.0 and “Help First.” His newest book, "Founder, Farmer, Tinker, Thief" is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released May 7th. Chris helped Jason grow his three CrossFit affiliates to well over 500 members and is a big reason why Albany CrossFit was the most successful sale in CrossFit history.
57:58
April 29, 2019
7. The Sumo Deadlift High Pull | Why you should be coaching it
What do you think of the SDHP?   Love it?  Hate it?   In this episode Ackerman and Fern breakdown the importance of the movement, why it should be a part of your training, as well as best practices for coaching it. We wrap up the episode with Jason's story of how he used the SDHP to save someone's life.
38:22
April 25, 2019
6. David Osorio | From the park to 1000 members
From the park to 1000 members, David Osorio has created something very unique and special at CrossFit South Brooklyn.  As you listen to this episode you'll begin to understand how and why, it comes down to culture. David's goal was to create a workspace that he wanted to hangout at, by doing that, he also fostered a tremendous community, allowed people to become full-time CrossFit coaches, and even live a balanced life. David Osorio is a very special human being and I'm excited for all of you to listen in on this conversation. You can find David on social media @davidosorio_ and @crossfitsouthbrooklyn
56:18
April 24, 2019
5. Developing an Intern Program at your Affiliate
Want to grow your box?  You need a solid team of coaches.   James McDermott has developed and implemented a successful intern development program at Albany CrossFit.  This eight week program has helped him continue to grow his team without sacrificing the culture and community he works hard to cultivate. If you are a new CrossFit coach listen in on our advice on what a box owner looks for when hiring and staffing his team. If you want to learn more about James's intern program you can find him on social media @jamesamcdermott @albanycrossfit or email him directly james.amcd@yahoo.com
51:39
April 23, 2019
4. Scaling | Preserve the intended stimulus
People are afraid to do CrossFit, not because it's dangerous but because they can't do the movements.  People see pull-ups, HSPUs, muscle-ups and think, "I can't do that, so I can't do CrossFit."   That's where scaling comes into play. In this episode we teach you how to scale well.  The goal of scaling is to preserve the intended stimulus. we have seen that done right and we have seen that gone horribly wrong.  Listen to how Jason made a 65 year old pass out because he didn't scale appropriately. When it comes to scaling you are only limited by your creativity.  Don't be that coach that whenever you have double unders in a workout you simply tell people "twice as many singles."  That's not good scaling and it's not good coaching. In this episode, Ackerman and Fern will teach you how to scale effectively, discuss common mistakes, and even talk about when it's appropriate to scale up.  
53:29
April 22, 2019
3. Austin Malleolo | Building a great team
"Words are useless, actions are all we have." Austin Malleolo has been to the CrossFit Games eight times, six as an individual and twice on a team. His top placing as an individual was 6th and 5th as part of Reebok CrossFit One. Outside of being one of the fittest humans on this planet, Austin is a husband, father, and entrepreneur. He is also considered to be one of the best CrossFit coaches. In this interview we discuss everything from his morning routine, how is stays motivated now that he's no longer competing, the biggest mistake CrossFit trainers make, and his number one tip for becoming a better coach. To learn more about Austin, check out his instagram @amalleolo, get a free week of the Hamplan programming (hamplan.com), and watch his Vlog on his youtube channel to see him deadlift 600lbs hours before completing the Boston Marathon.
53:17
April 19, 2019
2. The Whiteboard Brief | Set the tone for a great class
A good CrossFit class starts in front of the whiteboard, something we refer to as the Whiteboard Brief.  But something as simple as explaining the WOD can be done really well or go terribly wrong. Ackerman and Fern breakdown what makes a good whiteboard brief and common mistakes people make. If you want us to give you feedback on your Whiteboard brief, listen to this episode, record yourself giving one to a class, and send it over to us.
45:37
April 17, 2019
1. CrossFit.com | Should you be following it?
Host, Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) interviews James McDermott (@jamesamcdermott) about how he has successfully implemented CrossFit.com programming into Albany CrossFit.  James is a multi-book author, L2 CrossFit Trainer, and long-time head coach at Albany CrossFit.  James discusses how he uses .com programming at the box and why he believes every affiliate should be doing it.   We value your feedback.  After listening, please hit me up with any questions, comments, or thoughts on how we can make this show even better, and if you enjoyed it, please share it!
59:19
April 15, 2019
Intro Episode | Meet Ackerman and Fern
In this introductory episode, hosts Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) and Jason Fernandez (@jfern3) dive into the concept of what makes a successful CrossFit affiliate. We have all heard of modal domains as it relates to fitness but what about how it relates to your business? Jason and Fern give a quick breakdown of finances, marketing, and coaching and give insight into what's to come in their all new podcast. Jason Ackerman has owned three affiliates as well as a host of other businesses and has had the largest sale of a CrossFit box in the companies history. Jason Fernandez, a former Navy LT currently owns two CrossFit affiliates as well as a standard gym with his wife Jess. Jason and Fern are also a part of the prestigious CrossFit L1 Seminar Staff.
33:38
April 13, 2019
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