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Chasing Excellence

Author: Ben Bergeron, Patrick Cummings

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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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HopperTalk is back! This time around, Patrick and I are giving our thoughts on normalizing naps, what we'd change about CrossFit's early days, whether we think first impressions are usually accurate, our favorite Games events, and more!Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:30 - If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?06:15 - Should we normalize & celebrate adults taking regular naps like we do small kids?11:10 - Would you rather travel 100 years forward or back in time?14:45 - Should the lottery be illegal?17:20 - If you were given one thousand acres of land, what would you do with it?20:55 - What’s one thing you would change about how CrossFit started that you feel would’ve had a positive effect today?31:00 - What life skills are rarely taught but extremely useful?33:05 - If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?37:25 - What is something that most people learn only after it’s too late?40:25 - If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?50:30 - Is the first impression of a person usually right?54:15 - Should student-athletes at big-name schools be paid?62:45 - What’s your favorite CrossFit Games event ever?About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
Dr. Jonathan Fader is a performance psychologist who's worked with pro athletes in the MLB and NFL. He joins us this week to talk about earning trust, getting our mental reps in, why he sees life as a sport, and a bunch more.Find us on Social: Fader | Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
Our 2:00 Drill is back! We're answering your questions about learning how to relax without guilt, helping athletes fulfill their dreams, understanding the difference between discomfort & pain, & lots more!Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:01:30 - Adding or removing movements to CrossFit07:50 - Receiving feedback or criticism as advice12:40 - Learning how to relax without guilt19:25 - Training with a herniated disc23:00 - Setting time aside to shop & prep healthy food25:35 - Running a CrossFit affiliate part-time27:10 - Bringing doctors into the affiliate in a formal role29:55 - Macros & supplements for teenage athletes32:00 - Education or experience before opening an affiliate34:20 - Helping athletes fulfill their dreams37:30 - Hiring older folks to coach in an affiliate42:00 - Understanding the difference between pain & discomfort44:25 - Comparing training sessions & CrossFit Games eventsAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
Modern medicine might define health as the absence of disease, but that's not a good enough definition for us. So we're offering our own, in a format that many CrossFitters will recognize. (See full episode description for text.)Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick100 Words of HealthCreate an environment in which it's easy to eat well, move often, sleep lots, think deeply, & create real connections. Be intentional; don't just hope it happens. Chase what sets your heart on fire. Seek out challenges, feedback, and opportunities to serve something bigger than yourself. Respect your breath. Control your attention. Spend time outside. Recognize that health is the result of choices & luck. Focus on what you can control. Avoid defining it by a single number. Avoid fads & gurus. Avoid complaining & people who do. Optimize everything for consistency & sustainability. Treat yourself like someone who matters.About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
Michael Jordan didn't pay Tim Grover to be his trainer. He paid our guest to not be anybody else's trainer. The author of the new book, Winning, joins us to talk about why showing up is not half the battle and so much more.Find us on Social: Tim | Ben | PatrickTim's website hereAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
This rendition of our 3x3 has us talking through tips for creating useful BHAGs in our businesses and lives, ways to remember that we're all going to die, and my recommendations for improving mobility.mFind us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
We've got some more great questions on this month's 2:00 Drill. We're talking through low intensity for CrossFitters, constructing a useful warm-up, what to say to an athlete right before a performance, and more!Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:15 - Understanding the difference between Identity and actions06:20 - Being an introvert in a CrossFit gym08:10 - Handling a coach's advice you don't agree with11:10 - Working with an athlete who doesn't focus13:25 - Training at low intensity in CrossFit16:45 - Breaking the habit of taking long breaks in WODs19:30 - Refueling after an evening workout21:30 - Choosing the right style of handstand walking24:00 - Finding a coach for afternoon classes28:05 - Warming-up well33:25 - Coaching during performance37:05 - Paying attention to what business competitors are doingAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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. You can find out more about what he's working on here.
Peter Rahal co-founded RXBar inside of a Chicago CrossFit gym, eventually selling to Kelloggs. He joins us to talk about the original vision of the business, the power of dyslexia, building culture, and the messy process of figuring out what's next.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickCheck out Peter's investments hereAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
HopperTalk is back! This time around, Patrick & I share our answers to questions about CrossFit going mainstream, what hell might look like, what businesses we'd start regardless of our qualifications, and a handful more.Episode SummaryHopperTalk is back! This time around, Patrick & I share our answers to questions about CrossFit going mainstream, what hell might look like, what businesses we'd start regardless of our qualifications, and a handful more.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:00 - If the CrossFit Games turned in a Royal Rumble, who would come out victorious?06:00 - Would you rather be super intelligent but a huge asshole, or insanely kind but also incredibly stupid?09:00 - If you built a themed hotel, what would the theme be and what would the rooms look like?14:10 - Are Mat’s 5 wins more impressive than Rich’s 10-year podium run?19:00 - You die & go to hell. How do you know that's where you are?21:30 - Who is the most impressive famous person alive today? Why?26:55 - What needs to happen for CrossFit to be accepted into the mainstream?37:30 - Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist or a live-in chef?41:45 - You can only read one book for the rest of your life - which book do you choose?44:30 - Are the skills one develops playing video games useful in any context besides playing video games?50:00 - What business would you start if you didn't have to worry about the fact that you had absolutely no experience in that particular field or industry?52:30 - What should be the legal drinking age?About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
Lots of interest lately about the importance of breathwork, so we're talking about my 100-day experiment with Wim Hoff breathing, what I learned from the Navy SEALs about stress management, and where I recommend you start learning how to breathe better.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickUseful links:Wim Hoff breathing techniqueJames Nestor's BreathAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
Robb Wolf is an author, the founder of LMNT, and co-host of Healthy Rebellion Radio. He joined us to dive deep into a bunch of nutrition questions I've got, including nutrient density, how to feed our kids, and keto for CrossFitters.Find us on Social: Robb | Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
Your questions are back in the spotlight today. In this edition of the 2:00 Drill, we're talking about adrenal fatigue, box breathing, how much volume is too much when pursuing health, and a whole bunch more.Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:00 - Determining whether you should stay with a coach04:00 - Finding things to connect with a significant other over14:00 - Dealing with adrenal fatigue18:00 - Finding the right training volume for longevity22:45 - Creating a healthier relationship with food25:30 - Responding to high stress, intensive situations30:00 - Using soreness as an indicator of training34:00 - Helping kids train and eat better35:20 - Knowing when life outside the gym is affecting life inside itAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
Matt Fitzgerald is a coach and author of more than twenty books, including "How Bad Do You Want It?" In this conversation, we talk about pacing by feel, mental toughness vs mental fitness, competing for our identity, and lots more.More about Matt hereFind us on Social: Ben | PatrickAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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 returns! This round, we're answering questions about questions. Here are the questions I think we should all be asking ourselves regularly to improve our lives, our businesses, and our performances.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 and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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 our conversation about the future of CompTrain, talking this week about our Elite athlete experience, what we'll look for in future Dev Team members, and what the Training Academy will one day look like.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 and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
What is the CompTrain Academy? That's the big question we're answering this week. I'm talking about the origins of the idea, why it wouldn't have happened without a change in CrossFit's ownership and a new CEO at CompTrain.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 and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
A special CrossFit Open edition of our 2:00 Drill this week! We're taking your questions about finding a coach, using CompTrain but missing the community in the gym, and my take on who gets to call themselves a competitor.Learn more about InsideTracker hereFind us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:30 - Time it takes to improve your engine06:00 - Incorporating skills practice into training08:00 - Graduating to RX competitions09:00 - Balancing sport and high-level CrossFit13:15 - Going all out every day vs pacing workouts19:10 - Pros and cons of Games athletes training together21:20 - Advice on finding a coach23:40 - Masters athletes doing more than 1 metcon a day25:15 - Prepping for the 2022 CrossFit Games today27:00 - Choosing between community and performance30:00 - Value of filming training sessions and competitions31:15 - My definition of who is "competitive" (and why it sucks Fraser has retired)About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
With so many people talking about how to chase excellence, it can be hard to continue moving forward when it feels like there's still so much left to figure out. Here are the strategies that have helped me keep perspective.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 and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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 giving this new episode format a second go this week, talking through 14 random questions like where Lebron James might place at the CrossFit Games, what old person things that we do, pet peeves, and lots more!Find us on Social: Ben | PatrickJump to:02:25 - Who is the strongest CF Games athlete ever?05:10 - Should Ricky Gerard be given a second chance?09:30 - What’s wrong, but sounds right?13:45 - If you had to be haunted by a ghost for the rest of your life, but could choose which dead person the ghost would be, who would you choose?18:30 - Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you? (Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy)19:40 - If you could go back in time and make little changes to your childhood, what is one thing you’d learn and master over the years so you’d be an expert at it today?23:45 - Would Lebron James be competitive at the CF Games? Where would he place?27:10 - What purchase of $100 or less has most positively affected your life in the last 6 months?31:10 - What did you think was cool then, when you were young, but isn’t cool now?34:30 - What old person thing do you do?35:10 - What movie can you practically quote from start to finish.38:15 - What’s one pet peeve you have that you wish you could get rid of because it hampers your ability to enjoy life?40:44 - The house is on fire - everything valuable & everybody is safe & out - you have one last dash in to grab something. What do you grab?43:00 - If you could choose the location of the 2023 CrossFit Games, where would you put it?About the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
Greg Everett is the founder of Catalyst Athletics and the author of the new book, "Tough." In this conversation, we dive into pursuing toughness by developing our character, our capability, our capacity, and our commitment.Find us on Social: Ben | Patrick | GregLearn more about the book hereAbout the ShowChasing Excellence is dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, inside the gym and out. New episodes every Tuesday.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.
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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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