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Author: Ben Bergeron

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Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of being an athlete & maximizing your potential.
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There are best practices that every CrossFit coach can use to make their classes more professional and more effective. They include things like starting workouts better, not making eye contact and using too many filler words.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:15 - Over- or under-coached warm-ups04:30 - Uneven running routes07:00 - Too much cheerleading, not enough seeing and correcting09:20 - Lack of consistent standards16:45 - Bad 3-2-1-Go!19:30 - Poor clock management21:15 - Moving together too much, or not enough23:45 - Not enough eye contact27:00 - Using filler words29:30 - Monotone deliveryAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We're diving back into your questions this episode, covering topics from Wim Hof to why we don't program high-level gymnastics movements at CFNE to my advice for gyms as we continue to navigate these tough economic conditions.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump To:02:30 - I’m trying to adapt a more positive mindset in all aspects of life, but how can I be the person in the class who is positive about a workout and not joining in with groans of everyone else when they see certain exercises on the board? I’m one of the fitter in the class and don’t want to come across as over confident or arrogant. I think the groaning is mostly playful conversation, but I want to be more positive, without excluding myself from the group.05:20 - I recently left my job as a classroom teacher to set up my own business as a private tutor. I know full-well that businesses take time to build, but I'm finding it difficult to hold my nerve. Some days when I don't hit the targets I need, I feel like I should just go back to the classroom. How do I get over or work through this worry?15:07 - Have you ever tried the Wim Hof breathing method?23:00 - What are the benefits of nasal breathing? Do you use it with your athletes?23:30 - What’s your take on the implementation of high skill gymnastics in a group class. CrossFit.com has things like L-pull-ups and strict/kipping muscle ups and others. Where does that fall into the group class model focused on GPP?25:30 - I’ve heard you guys talk about how Monster and Red Bull are bad. I’ve noticed a lot of CrossFitters drinking Bang Energy drinks, claiming they’re better because of the creatinine and aminos. What’s your take?27:20 - I’m 48 and in decent shape. I love CrossFit, but have just found that I have grade 4 arthritis in one knee. Deep squats, lunges, box jumps, and anything that I have to get to 90 degrees cause pain, inflammation, and swelling. I'm curious how older athletes or ones with limiting injuries should approach training so we get to be “one of the guys,” but not have to sit in a tub of ice every night?29:45 - Should there be any differences in training (whether that’s CrossFit or cycling or whatnot) when someone’s in a caloric deficit as opposed to maintenance/caloric surplus?31:30 - What qualities/characteristics makes someone coachable, and how have you successfully developed coachable athletes?36:15 - My wife owns a 10 year affiliate and I have a 9-5. As a side gig she created a healthy all-natural post workout treat. We recently had a random person comment on the business Instagram page with negative comments about the product. This person has never tried it and is commenting based on the packaging. Do these negative comments need a response? If so what is the best strategy to address this negativity?39:45 - I have recently had current smokers join my CrossFit gym. I am psyched to have them, however I was wondering if you have ever trained clients who have been current smokers as they started CrossFit? What considerations did or would you take into account as compared to other new members?41:00 - Most affiliates haven't been around for ten plus years so they have never had to operate in a recession, what's your advice for operating in a down economy when people are looking to cut back on "non-essential" spending?About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
In early 2017, we did an episode about simplifying nutrition (ep#14). This week, we're continuing to think about how to cut through the noise, focusing on how our goals and our eating styles should determine our nutrition strategy.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
These days, I'm no longer training for peak performance, but for longevity and function. In this episode, we break down the ten principles you should be focused on in the gym if you want to do the same.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:07:45 - Don’t exceed physical or psychological tolerance13:50 - Emphasize range of motion16:30 - Train with loads18:10 - Think movement, not muscles19:15 - Exercise on your feet22:30 - Optimize hip function26:10 - Optimize shoulder function31:40 - Incorporate horizontal displacement34:50 - Vary your training37:00 - Respect progressive overload & intensityAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
In this round of our 3x3, I'm giving my three hot takes on skills worth developing, health metrics to track, and strategies for staying resilient. We touch on the power of focus, parenting with a growth mindset, and more.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:30 - 3 skills worth developing, no matter your profession21:45 - 3 markers you should track, no matter your health25:50 - 3 ways to stay resilient, no matter the circumstanceAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We're diving back into listener questions this week, talking about the difference between being proud and being prideful, my advice for using weightlifting shoes during metcons, what's on the horizon for CompTrain, and more!Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We often talk about using CrossFit to get better at CrossFit, but what if your athletic pursuits happen outside the gym? We're talking about that this episode, focusing on lifestyle, competitive, and endurance athletes.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We've talked before about paying attention to all ten of the components of fitness. Today, we're looking at how I might measure and assess each one in an attempt to understand where an athlete's weakest link might lie.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to each component:06:30 - Cardiovascular Endurance10:10 - Stamina14:00 - Strength15:45 - Flexibility17:50 - Power21:15 - Speed21:30 - Agility22:45 - Coordination25:20 - Balance26:15 - AccuracyAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We talk a lot about the power of mindset. Today we're bringing many of the principles we've touched on before down to the level of tomorrow's training session, discussing tips for before, during, and after a workout.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
The 2:00 Drill returns this week! We're answering your questions about self-sabotage, using movements like burpees as punishment for kids, and the powerlifting program I'd recommend alongside CompTrain programming, and more.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
The 3x3 is back! I'm offering some thoughts on 3 silver linings I'm paying attention to, 3 factors that determine performance, and 3 signs that will make me hopeful about CFHQ's new leadership.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
EC Synkowski from OptimizeMe Nutrition is back to talk about how the five factors compare to the four measurables she tracks through The Consistency Project and the importance of simplifying our pursuit of health.Find us on Social: EC | Ben | PatrickListen to EC's new podcastGet more info on EC's gym nutrition programAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
Episode SummaryThese last few weeks have certainly been the craziest in the history of CrossFit. We break down what's happened, the current state of things, and my thoughts on CFHQ's new owner.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
We're back with an AMA I did on the CompTrain Instagram page. I'm answering questions about coming back to the gym post-COVID lockdowns, if we'll continue doing CrossFit benchmarks, getting better at toes-to-bar, and more.Find us on Social: Ben | Evan | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
This week, we've got an AMA I did on Instagram Live, answering some of your questions on the current state of CrossFit, affiliation, and certification, as well as my hopes for the future.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym & out. New episodes every Monday.About BenBen Bergeron is a best-selling author, coach to 7 CrossFit Games champions, and founder of CFNE and CompTrain.About PatrickPatrick Cummings is a long-time CrossFitter, podcaster, and brand coach to gym owners & entrepreneurs.
Writer Ryan Holiday joins us to talk about Stoicism, the current unrest in the U.S. as we grapple with racial injustice, and the importance of developing self-awareness. Find us on social: Ryan | Ben | PatrickSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a business, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. 
Jason Khalipa, former CrossFit Games champ and founder of NCFIT, joins us this week to talk about the AMRAP Mentality, earned confidence, and the value of consistently checking in with yourself.Find us on social: Jason | Ben | PatrickSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a business, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. 
If you're struggling to keep your head up during these tough times, if you're stressed about what might happen, if you need a reminder of just what you're made of ... this episode is for you.Find us on social: Ben || PatrickSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a business, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.
This week's 3x3 includes three ways you can assess your mental toughness, three things I'm focused on while being in lockdown, and three things gyms should keep in mind as they begin to reopen.Find us on social: Ben | PatrickShow Notes:01:40 - 3 ways to assess mental toughness13:30 - 3 opportunities I'm pursuing during quarantine28:50 - 3 things gym should consider upon re-openingSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a business, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.
Talking this week about how we're thinking about and planning for the 2020 CrossFit Games, my advice to athletes looking to continue making progress during the lockdowns, and why programming for yourself is a bad idea.Find us on the socials: Ben | PatrickSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a business, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.
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Bianca Neagu

the "processed crap" statement is very broad and could potentially be harmful. it does not give any context or useful information, it can be anything. there is nothing wrong with pasta, bread, cereals etc. and there are plenty good nutrients in there. please consider your words better.

Apr 25th
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Sarah Sly

Have just re-listened to the 5 Ps of decision making. I am a small business owner, and work as a solo practitioner as a rural horse vet. I am trying to decide whether or not to stop offering after-hours services due to the negative impact and pressure it puts on all of my principles (health, connection, business success, growth, and explore). The ONLY principle that offering after hours services may feed is the “business success” principle, however when I have a late night call out I end up working 18-20 hours a day with emergencies and then that is impacting my next few days of regular business, as well as my health! So I can’t see any way to validate why I put myself through it, except for a fear of losing business or clients. Help??

Mar 2nd
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jueri@gmx.net

cheet meals kann man auuch mal einen burger oder pommes nehmen?

Jan 26th
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jueri@gmx.net

test

Jan 26th
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Alexis Gonzalez

I dont know why I'm always surprised to see that people have the same life questions, fears and wants as I do. Thanks for recognizing those and exploring them on your podcast. It really helps me stay focused and refocus on my own goals. Another successful episode.

Aug 28th
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Paul Turner

audio dropped out at 17 min?????

May 31st
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JASON CROTEAU

you don't care about your profits or your bank account because you have enough already

May 2nd
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Elaine Badejo

Can you elaborate on the central nervous system? When I listen to podcasts or vlogs, that term is thrown out and I would like details...

Feb 7th
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Ralph OFUYO

This is (so far) my favourite episode.

Nov 28th
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