Chasing Excellence

By Ben Bergeron

Listen to a podcast, please open Podcast Republic app. Available on Google Play Store.


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.

Episode Date
#038: Why CrossFit is Different than the CrossFit Games
In this episode: I'm talking about the primary differences between the CrossFit that happens in our gym & the CrossFit that happens in Madison every summer. Show Notes: 02:02 - How I've come to think about the differentiation between CrossFit and the CrossFit Games 04:05 - My Mt. Everest analogy 07:01 - Why your focus shouldn't be on intensity 08:03 - Mechanics 09:59 - Consistency 10:35 - Appropriate Intensity 13:21 - How the goals of a CrossFit gym member is different than those of a CrossFit athlete 16:09 - Where I think we'll be in 30 years. // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Subscribe on Google Play: Grab the book: 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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: Instagram: Facebook:
Jun 20, 2018
#037: The Benefits of Negative Visualization
In this episode, we're talking about tactful conflict resolution, the benefits of talking through "If, Then" scenarios, & why thinking through what might go wrong is a great way to make things go right.
Jun 05, 2018
#036: 10 Habits You Should Stop Having
I cover 10 things we shouldn't be doing, including hitting the snooze button, watching the news, & leaving dishes in the sink.
May 22, 2018
#035: The Secret to the Good Life
In this short episode: I talk about the two questions you should be asking yourself consistently if you want to live a fulfilled life, and why you shouldn't always trust your feelings in pursuit of your goals. Show Notes: 00:01:55 - The first question everyone should be asking themselves 00:04:04 - The second question everyone should be asking themselves 00:04:30 - Grab Stephen Covey"s "7 Habits" [] & "First Things First" [] 00:06:05 - Why your feelings can be misguided 00:08:00 - The role of fear // Grab the book: 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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential. Web: Instagram: Facebook:
May 08, 2018
#034: Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
I'm answering some of the most common nutrition questions we get at the gym, from which supplements I recommend to intermittent fasting, from hydration to how much red meat is too much. Show Notes: 00:00:50 - Watch all the CFNE Way Episodes here: 00:02:22 - What sources would you recommend for a deeper dive into learning about nutrition? 00:04:30 - Grab Michael Pollan's books here: "In Defense of Food [], "Omnivore's Dilemma" [], "Food Rules" [] 00:05:15 - Robb Wolf's website: 00:05:57 - Grab Robb Wolf's books here: "Paleo Solution" [], "Wired to Eat" [] 00:05:50 - Watch the Joe Rogan/Robb Wolf episode here: 00:06:01 - Grab Gary Taubes's books here: "Good Calories, Bad Calories" [], "Why We Get Fat" [], "The Case Against Sugar" [] 00:06:50 - Chris Kresser's website here: 00:08:06 - What supplement is overused? 00:09:02 - What supplement is underused? 00:10:24 - What is cod liver oil & why should I take it? 00:12:23 - Are veggies still good if I turn them into a shake? 00:13:36 - How much red meat is too much red meat? 00:14:37 - What is a good alternative if I can't afford grass-fed/wild caught meats? 00:16:17 - If I have a race or event coming up, should I carb load? 00:16:48 - What is intermittent fasting? 00:17:53 - How hydrated do I need to be normally? 00:20:20 - Are more, smaller meals better than fewer, larger ones? 00:22:37 - If I'm eating the amount I should, why am I still hungry?
Apr 24, 2018
#033: Assessing Health by Measuring Fitness
Talking about going to the doctor, why how many burpees you can do in a minute is an indication of more than just your fitness, & the difference between being a swim coach & a lifeguard.
Apr 11, 2018
#032: Breaking Down the Five Factors of Health
We're talking about good habits & bad, the three steps of every habit, & about taking small steps in the right direction. // You can see the poster here:
Mar 28, 2018
#031: A Recipe for Better Habits
We're talking about good habits & bad, the three steps of every habit, & about taking small steps in the right direction. // Grab "Chasing Excellence" here:
Mar 07, 2018
#030: Two Minute Drill, Take 1
In this episode: Answering some listener questions, including the how to balance intensity & volume in training, what I'm working to improve these days, & my recommendations for athletes coming back from injury.
Feb 23, 2018
#029: Getting the Most Out of Your Training
We’re talking about why we put so much emphasis on recovering well, touching on nutrition, sleep, muscle work, icing versus heat, stress, & much more.
Feb 07, 2018
#028: Strengthening Your Grit Muscles
We're talking about resilience, a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, & why hard work is more important than talent.
Jan 17, 2018
#027: The Development of a Champion
We're breaking down the theoretical development of a champion & what makes the difference between good athletes & great athletes.
Jan 02, 2018
#026: Answering the Questions from Tribe of Mentors
We're answering the 11 questions posed in Tim Ferriss's new book Tribe of Mentors. Subjects include the books that have influenced me the most, how caffeine is amazing in small doses, & why I don't believe in failure.
Dec 14, 2017
#025: The Value of Thinking Big
We're talking about how CFNE, CompTrain, Project:Elevation, & working with Elite CrossFit Games athletes are all part of the same mission.
Nov 29, 2017
#024: Fueling the CrossFit Athlete
We're talking about why nutrition is so important in the sport of CrossFit, ideal body fat percentages for athletes, & what supplements I recommend CrossFit athletes take.
Nov 07, 2017
#023: Maximizing Your Minutes
Talking about time management, putting first things first, & why it'd be great if email wasn't a thing.
Oct 24, 2017
#022: The Importance of Being Strong Enough
In this episode: We're talking about why athletes who want to make waves in the sport of CrossFit need to focus on getting strong enough to actually be competitive.
Oct 11, 2017
#021: W.H.O.O.P.I.E.
We're breaking down an acronym that can help you set better goals & achieve bigger things.
Sep 28, 2017
#020: 2017 CrossFit Games Debrief
We're talking about Madison, the programming, & the lessons we learned during the 2017 season
Sep 01, 2017
#019: Katrin Davidsdottir
In this episode: Talking with Katrin Davidsdottir about moving to the U.S. to train, surrounding yourself with the right people, & putting in 100% effort.
Aug 01, 2017
#018: Putting Character First
We're talking about why I always start with character, the value of spending time in silence, & what most people are missing in their training.
Jul 26, 2017
#017: Preparing for the Games
Talking about my month-long CrossFit Games training camp, why eliminating distractions are important, & how excellence is contagious.
Jul 11, 2017
#016: How to Train with Intention
We're talking about the difference between practice, training, & competition, & why you should go into every session at the gym knowing which mode you're in.
Jun 06, 2017
#015: Redefining Adversity
Talking about why a busted ACL can be a good thing, what Brent Fikowski, Tom Brady, & Katrin Davidsdottir have in common, & why you should focus less on what happens & more on how you respond to what happens.
May 24, 2017
#014: Simplifying Nutrition
We're talking about why I prefer to keep my nutritional advice simple, the value of getting blood work done, & why both quality & quantity matters.
May 03, 2017
#013: Working With Members Who Compete
Talking about the best ways I've found to work with my members who want to compete in CrossFit, without losing their connection to our community.
Apr 18, 2017
#012: How to Chase Happiness
We talk about why happiness doesn't live on the other side of achievement, gratitude, & why relationships matter more than money.
Apr 03, 2017
#011: Cole Sager
Cole Sager stops in to talk about growing up in a small town, his football career, & the "why" behind everything he does.
Mar 21, 2017
#010: Conditioning-Biased Programming
Talking about the difference between programming for competitors versus members of our affiliates, the downfalls of strength-biased programming, & why less is almost always more.
Mar 07, 2017
#009: Living Based on Core Values
We discuss how I think about Core Values today versus how I used to think about them, & why they're so important to think about every single day.
Feb 21, 2017
#008: Brooke Wells
Brooke Wells stops in during a weekend of training with Ben to talk about her background, her training, & her hopes going forward.
Feb 08, 2017
#007: Becoming a Leader
Talking about the different levels of leadership, the definition of trust, sincere listening, & how to build a staff of strong leaders.
Jan 24, 2017
#006: Daily Discipline
Talking about goal-setting, building habits, & why you want to strive to keep the chain of success going.
Jan 10, 2017
#005: The 2030 Games Champ
Talking about how I might guide a young athlete toward future success in the sport of CrossFit.
Dec 27, 2016
#004: Practical Ways to Boost Your Community
In this episode: We're talking about some of the small (but important) ways CFNE shows their members they care, touching on topics like thank-you notes, what your programming says about your priorities, & the value of giving your coaches constraints.
Dec 13, 2016
#003: Evaluating Opportunities
In this episode: We're chatting about how I think about opportunities, some of the reasons we decided to cancel the East Coast Championships, & why I made the decision years ago to stop being a competitive athlete.
Nov 29, 2016
#002: Maximizing Your CrossFit Open
In this episode: We talk about how to maximize your CrossFit Games​ Open. Topics include how to fit the events into your normal training schedule, what might be coming in 2017, & the value of leaderboarding.
Nov 15, 2016
#001: Building a Coaching Team
We look back to when CrossFit New England was first ready for us to build a coaching team, the mistakes we made while we figured that out, & what we look for in new coaching hires these days. Web: Instagram: Facebook:
Oct 26, 2016