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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

#094: How to Control Outcomes

10/14/2019
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A listener question about our intro sequence triggers a conversation about control vs concern, reactions vs responses, and the moments right after something happens during which our choices make a world of difference. Follow us on Social: Ben || Patrick Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Subscribe on Google Podcasts Subscribe on Spotify Grab the book [on Amazon Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each...

Duration:00:28:55

#093: The One Word I Use to Define Success (2:00 Drill #10)

10/7/2019
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We’re tackling 14 more listener questions in this 2 Minute Drill, including how I think about the value of strict movements versus kipping, how we respond to athletes who show up to class late, and the difference between self-assessment and self-criticism. Thank you to everybody who sends in questions! Keep them coming, please. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Questions Answered: 01:55 - If looking to gain muscle weight, how much extra hypertrophic work should be...

Duration:00:33:36

#092: 10 Principles of Nutrition

9/30/2019
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We’re breaking down another one of our 5 Factors of Health. We’re talking about avoiding sugar, eating more veggies, understanding good vs bad fats, and how to eat mindfully. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Show Notes 01:39 - Recapping the 5 Factors 04:30 - Avoid added sugar 09:00 - Steer clear of processed foods 10:15 - Eat only when you’re hungry 13:30 - Drink water, tea, & coffee 16:20 - Eat veggies at every meal 18:30 - Opt for the best source 22:00 -...

Duration:00:33:52

#091: Tactics of Coaching Games Athletes

9/23/2019
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We're talking about the technologies & metrics I use to optimize training, the psychological effects of wearing the leader's jersey during the Games, & how I push my athletes out of their comfort zones without risking injury. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Subscribe on Google Podcasts Subscribe on Spotify Grab the book on Amazon Chasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both...

Duration:00:35:25

#090: 3x3 on Limiting Words, Time Hacks, & Great Movies

9/16/2019
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We’re introducing a new episode format this week, breaking down 3 limiting words that are holding us back, 3 time-saving hacks, & 3 great movies that anybody chasing excellence should watch. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Show Notes: 01:35 - 3 Limiting Words 11:30 - 3 Time Saving Hacks 14:40 - Getting Things Done 17:40 - Essentialism 19:00 - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck 19:15 - Shoe Dog 19:45 - Never Split the Difference 23:20 - 3 Shows/Movies I...

Duration:00:32:37

#089: The Rationale Behind Rx'd Workouts

9/9/2019
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We’re taking a look at the CrossFit convention of prescribing specific weights, the arguments for and against doing so, and the importance of understanding the intended stimulus of a workout. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Show Notes: 01:35 - What do we mean when we say a workout is “RX’d” 02:50 - Why we use RX weights 08:50 - The benefit of RX as it relates to benchmarking progress 10:00 - Why some folks don’t believe RX is useful or valuable 13:40 - Doing...

Duration:00:31:35

#088: Two Minute Drill, #9

9/2/2019
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We’re answering more listener questions, including my tips for increasing your pull-up strength, how to recover better when you’re an older athlete, and if CompTrain will ever field a team at the CrossFit Games. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Show Notes: 02:15 - What is the best way to improve my strength in pull-ups? 05:30 - How much do you think mindset training is important on a daily training routine? 09:15 - When your discipline and will power go out the...

Duration:00:33:29

#087: Leading Kids Effectively

8/26/2019
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We’re talking about how to create a culture for kids that’s all about developing a growth mindset, how I would suggest parents create a physical education curriculum for their kids, & why I don’t think it’s the job of the leader to push a kid to find their passion or purpose. Follow us on Social: Ben: Instagram Patrick: Instagram Show Notes: 02:01 - Answering a listener question about how I might approach teaching a “study skills” class to a bunch of kids who were told to be...

Duration:00:33:57

#086: The Class Experience Scorecard

8/19/2019
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We’re taking a look at a theoretical scorecard I put together to judge how effectively a class is being organized and run. We cover subjects like how you set-up the room, why you coach more and talk less, & how to use music to create an exciting environment. Show Notes: 02:01 - What the class scorecard is useful for 03:16 - Room setup 07:01 - Minimize transitions 08:46 - Clock management 11:30 - Coach more, talk less 13:43 - Warm them up like you warm up 15:45 - Move together 17:04...

Duration:00:33:53

#085: The 10 Components of Fitness

8/12/2019
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We’re going over the ten general physical skills that we’re trying to maximize in the gym, the sports that test them best, and whether I think practicing is more difficult than training. Show Notes: 02:33 - Dan’s mnemonic devices to remember the 10 general physical skills 04:41 - The difference between training and practice 11:42 - My strengths and weaknesses when I first came into CrossFit 12:45 - The sports that best test the 10 components 16:16 - The value of sport-specific...

Duration:00:25:50

#084: Two Minute Drill #8, w EC Syncowski

8/5/2019
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EC is back to tackle some listener questions. We talk about supplementation for average CrossFitters, what a healthy diet looks like for kids, and whether gut microbiome tests are worth doing. Questions Answered: 03:00 - How long do you stick to a specific nutrition plan before knowing if you need to change? 04:10 - What is better when you’ve failed to prepare: Not to eat or eat unhealthy? 05:21 - What gut microbiome tests are worth doing? 09:08 - What is the FODMAP diet & should I do...

Duration:00:30:54

#083: The Origins of NOBULL

7/29/2019
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We’ve got the co-founder of NOBULL, Marcus Wilson, on to talk about how to spot the right people to work with, why NOBULL had to build a brand before they had products to sell, and how it was that they had the confidence to go up against the big guns in the footwear and apparel business. Show Notes: 04:35 - Marcus’s background before NOBULL 06:00 - How Marcus & I started working together 09:10 - The three-headed monster of excellence 14:56 - How we think about building strong...

Duration:00:49:29

#082: How to Start CrossFit By Yourself

7/22/2019
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We’re discussing how I would advise different kinds of people who want to start CrossFit but who are unable or unwilling to go to an affiliate. Show Notes: 02:36 - Advice to the de-conditioned individual 09:27 - More on CompTrain Class here 12:34 - Advice to the globo gym member 13:00 - More on the Teardrop here 19:20 - Advice to the parent of a teenage athlete 21:10 - Grab “Range” here 34:55 - Grab “Atomic Habits” here Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Subscribe on Google...

Duration:00:36:04

#081: Leaderboarding in Real Life

7/15/2019
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We’re talking about the dangers of comparing ourselves to others, the role education has in setting us up to chase the wrong things, and how we can learn from our peers without letting their lives dictate our own pursuits. Show Notes: 02:38 - Leaderboarding as it relates to my Games athletes 12:55 - How much the practice can be translated for real life 19:38 - Discussing some of the reasons I went into finance before fitness 22:26 - Why some folks fall for the traps of...

Duration:00:38:15

#080: Building a Stronger Brand

7/8/2019
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We’re diving deep into marketing, branding, and advertising. We cover topics like the marketing hourglass, why advertising doesn’t work for CrossFit affiliates, creating talk triggers, and understanding your three uniques. Show Notes: 01:47 - A recap of the Theoretical Development of a Business (Full ep here) 05:12 - Patrick’s definition of marketing 07:15 - The marketing hourglass 09:01 - Ben’s definition of marketing 12:13 - Our private school episode here 12:40 - Where and why I...

Duration:01:07:53

#079: Two Minute Drill, #7

7/1/2019
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We’re answering more of your questions, covering topics from how to deal with doubt midway through a workout to what advice I’d give leaders who are tasked with motivating reluctant people. Show Notes: 01:25 - Find Patrick on IG here 01:57 - For folks who have irregular work schedules (nurses, fire, EMT, mil, etc), who can’t or don’t want to quit, what should they be thinking about in order to optimize health & fitness as best they can? 05:34 - How do you get rid of self-doubt in the...

Duration:00:40:41

#078: 25 Questions for E.C. Synkowski

6/24/2019
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E.C. Syncowski of OptimizeME Nutrition is back for a round of rapid-fire questions. We get her thoughts on everything from probiotics, dairy, and bacon, to bread, powdered greens, and alcohol. Show Notes: 01:38 - More about EC & OptimizeME Nutrition here 02:39 - If people only did one thing to improve their nutrition, what’s that one thing? 03:00 - Is getting bloodwork done important? 03:42 - What is cholesterol and does it matter? 05:13 - What about saturated fat? 05:39 - Fish...

Duration:00:24:44

#077: Comparing Solo & Group Training

6/17/2019
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We’re talking about what type of athletes thrive in a one-on-one environment, the differences between progressions and periodization in your programming, and whether I think coaches should specialize in either group or individual training. Show Notes: 03:19 - How CrossFit.com programming needs to be adapted for the affiliate environment 08:29 - Whether I think the ideal training environment for everybody is individualized 13:00 - What people who criticize group training don’t account...

Duration:00:47:58

#076: 14 Ways to Recover Better

6/10/2019
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We're talking about a bunch of ways to recover from our workouts better, from simple foam rolling to electric stimulation and float tanks. Show Notes: 01:44 - Our Top Trend episode here 02:32 - The main differences in the 5 Factors between competitive and non-competitive athletes 08:19 - Whether I think the best athletes are the best at recovery or not 12:54 - Lacrosse balls and foam rolling 14:09 - Active recovery 16:59 - When to know if soreness requires active recovery 18:57 -...

Duration:00:51:55

#075: Scaling Culture at CrossFit TILT

6/3/2019
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We’ve got Max Isaak in to talk about what we’re doing at CrossFit TILT, how I think about scaling culture across multiple gyms, and the distinction between being a leader and a business owner. Show Notes: 01:30 - What is CrossFit TILT? 02:28 - What made me say yes to TILT when I’d always said no to these kinds of opportunities 05:17 - How Max pitched TILT to me 08:30 - Why I didn’t think culture was scalable 10:50 - Whether I think Max is a great leader because of nature or...

Duration:00:38:27