Chasing Excellence

By Ben Bergeron

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Description

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
00:17:52
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: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q 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: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
Jun 20, 2018
#037: The Benefits of Negative Visualization
00:28:25
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
00:24:26
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
00:12:37
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" [http://amzn.to/2miHUMI] & "First Things First" [https://amzn.to/2KJU9LR] 00:06:05 - Why your feelings can be misguided 00:08:00 - The role of fear // Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q 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: http://www.benbergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachbenbergeron/
May 08, 2018
#034: Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions
00:25:31
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: https://goo.gl/u8Nfkv 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 [https://amzn.to/2qOazd4], "Omnivore's Dilemma" [https://amzn.to/2qLRYPl], "Food Rules" [https://amzn.to/2HfxXLv] 00:05:15 - Robb Wolf's website: https://robbwolf.com/ 00:05:57 - Grab Robb Wolf's books here: "Paleo Solution" [https://amzn.to/2K3WZuH], "Wired to Eat" [https://amzn.to/2HB2DGt] 00:05:50 - Watch the Joe Rogan/Robb Wolf episode here: https://goo.gl/qgWcff 00:06:01 - Grab Gary Taubes's books here: "Good Calories, Bad Calories" [https://amzn.to/2F2TOjp], "Why We Get Fat" [https://amzn.to/2HOkwiH], "The Case Against Sugar" [https://amzn.to/2HG74zW] 00:06:50 - Chris Kresser's website here: https://chriskresser.com/ 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
00:21:52
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
00:18:35
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: https://goo.gl/hi4BhA
Mar 28, 2018
#031: A Recipe for Better Habits
00:34:11
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: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q
Mar 07, 2018
#030: Two Minute Drill, Take 1
00:24:52
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
00:31:46
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
00:22:55
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
00:24:53
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
00:15:13
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
00:38:17
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
00:28:23
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
00:31:48
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
00:20:31
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.
00:20:01
We're breaking down an acronym that can help you set better goals & achieve bigger things.
Sep 28, 2017
#020: 2017 CrossFit Games Debrief
00:34:15
We're talking about Madison, the programming, & the lessons we learned during the 2017 season
Sep 01, 2017
#019: Katrin Davidsdottir
00:47:13
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
00:27:36
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
00:26:48
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
00:27:48
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
00:23:27
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
00:26:21
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
00:21:57
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
00:28:01
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
00:52:20
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
00:26:52
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
00:30:58
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
00:36:17
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
00:30:22
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
00:29:51
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
00:29:26
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
00:32:31
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
00:27:52
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
00:28:17
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
00:25:43
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: http://www.builtbybergeron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benbergeron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/builtbybergeron/
Oct 26, 2016