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Cole Sager

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Be Kind, Work Hard with Cole Sager PH157

Pursuing Health

“When you think of the CrossFit community, you think of people who are going to the gym to challenge themselves, to be better than they were the day before, and that is such a cool part of the community, and it’s what I fell in love with.”- Cole Sager 6-time CrossFit Games athlete Cole Sager wants to be known as the kindest person you'll ever meet, and in doing so, he hopes to motivate others to be the kindest, hardest-working version of themselves. Growing up in a small town in Washington, Cole played sports throughout his youth and aspired to be an NFL player.  In 2009 he joined the Washington University Huskies as an invited walk-on, and was one of only a handful of true freshmen to play.  At the end of his freshman year, he was awarded the Scout Special Teams Player of The Year award, an honor that would change the trajectory of his life.  The honor was awarded based on hard work, and receiving it ignited Cole's drive to always be the hardest worker on the field. As Cole neared graduation, his goals shifted from playing professional football to becoming a professional CrossFit athlete. Within months of his first CrossFit workout he qualified for Regionals, and just one year after that he established himself a serious contender when he placed first at the 2014 North West Regional and 17th in his rookie appearance at the CrossFit Games. Eventually, Cole took a leap of faith, resigned from his job as a loan originator, and began training full-time in his home garage gym.  With the support of his wife, Genasee, and his coach, Ben Bergeron, he has built a reputation as one of CrossFit's most consistent athletes.  Career highlights so far include placing 5th at the 2016 CrossFit Games, 2nd at the 2019 Fittest in Cape Town sanctional, and 3rd at the 2019 Rogue Invitational, but according to Cole, one of his biggest achievements was winning the Spirit of the Games award in 2017, an honor that recognized all the hard work he puts into developing his character. I was excited to catch up with Cole to learn more about what drives the intensity behind his training, the qualities he values in himself and others, and why he believes developing character leads to athletic excellence. In this episode we discuss: How Cole is approaching the 2020 CrossFit Games How he stays focused on his goals in the face of doubt Cole’s collegiate football career Letting go of NFL aspirations and falling in love with CrossFit Cole’s experience of getting to his first CrossFit Games How he started working with Ben Bergeron as a coach The qualities of a good coach How Cole has developed as a person over the course of his CrossFit career How he stays driven to train even on days he doesn’t feel like it The importance of accepting help from others to hold yourself accountable How Cole’s wife, Genasee, is a vital part of his team A typical day for Cole and Genasee Three things Cole does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health One thing he thinks could have a big impact on his health, but he has a hard time implementing What a healthy life looks like to Cole You can follow Cole on his website and on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Links: Cole Sager: CrossFit Games 2018 Cole Sager: Nutrition, Mindset, and Fitness Ashleigh Moe's Struggle Rory Zambard: Transmission of Culture CompTrain Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek Working Against Gravity Eric Thomas Related episodes: Ep 54 - Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion Ep 76 - Working Against Gravity with Adee Cazayoux Ep 84 - Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday. Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. We recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns. This post was originally published on August 17, 2020.

1hr 21mins

18 Aug 2020

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PMPC025: Cole Sager

The Power Monkey Podcast

On episode 25 of the Power Monkey Podcast Dave and Chad talk with Cole Sager. Cole is a multi time CrossFit Games competitor and winner of the "Spirit of the Games". Coles passion for life and constant positivity is one of his most redeeming qualities, of which he has many.


1 Jul 2020

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Madison Nights: The Fitness Ballad of Cole Sager

Two-Brain Radio

If when all is said and done, Cole Sager is remembered for his character more than his fitness, he's just fine with that. But that doesn't mean he's not fit.Cole has been to the CrossFit Games six times in his career and finished in the top 10 thrice. His best career finish was 5th in 2018. He also received the Spirit of the Games award in 2017.He joined Sean Woodland to talk about his time playing division one college football at the University of Washington, how to beat the odds and overcome self-doubt, and why his dad decided to name him after a fictional character portrayed by Tom Cruise.Links:COVID-19 ResourcesJoin the Gym Owners United group on FacebookFree ToolsBook a Free CallContact:Instagram: @colesager35Timeline:1:24 – Training for the Games in a season upended by the coronavirus.4:49 – On being named after a Tom Cruise movie character.6:32 – The small-town mentality and growing up playing football.8:55 – From high-school star to college walk-on.16:25 – Abandoning NFL ambitions for CrossFit Games dreams.21:27 – How Cole qualified for Regionals just a few months into CrossFit.26:43 – Maturing as a CrossFit athlete.31:44 – Lessons learned from his debut CrossFit Games in 2014.35:01 – Dealing with the pressure of being a repeat Games athlete.38:39 – Winning the Spirit of the Games award in 2017 and why being a positive role model is so important.42:41 – Lessons learned from the new structure of the CrossFit Games: No room for error.45:48 – Why Cole is OK with being known for his character more than his fitness.


27 May 2020

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Cole Sager: Introducing The 4 Pillars of the Unbroken Mentality (2/2)

The Unbroken Mentality Podcast

Luke wraps up his conversation with Cole Sager covering The 4 Pillars of the Unbroken Mentality and what drives Cole to do what he does. Stay tuned until the end to hear what Cole would do if he found himself on a season of the Bachelorette and needed to make a first impression.  


31 Mar 2020

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Cole Sager: How to stay engaged and grow during COVID-19 (1/2)

The Unbroken Mentality Podcast

Luke talks with CrossFit Game athlete Cole Sager about the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on all of us. They dive into how important it is to stay engaged, the strength of staying optimistic, and knowing your purpose during this time. Cole packs a lot of content into Part 1 of this episode, don't miss part 2. 


30 Mar 2020

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Inside the Life of Cole Sager

Inside the Life Of

Thank you for watching! Subscribe to help me make more content!Thank you to my sponsor TWL for their continuing support!https://www.thewodlife.com/ https://www.instagram.com/thewodlife/...Follow Cole:https://colesager.com/ https://www.instagram.com/colesager35/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8TrUa0UkVqkcN7Mfmx1l4gFollow Me:https://www.instagram.com/nateedwards...Music:Epidemic Sound

1hr 43mins

19 Dec 2019

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Cole Sager: Can He Change Your Life?

BarBend Podcast

Cole Sager is a CrossFit Games veteran and Spirit of the Games Award Winner. He's a full-time athlete who spends an incredible amount of energy trying to reach people outside the sport. Find out why Cole is so focused on showcasing his life outside the gym, and learn where this former D1 football player (and one-time CrossFit critic) thinks the sport will take him. We also discuss Cole's weightlifting hero and thoughts on the cuts at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.


10 Oct 2019

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Nutrition Lessons From Cole Sager

The WAG Podcast

Adee has worked with CrossFit athlete Cole Sager for years, and she’s seen firsthand how his hard work and dedication to his fitness and nutrition pay off. Today, Michael and Adee discuss four things they’ve learned from Cole and explain how you can apply them to your own life. This episode is packed with so much great advice, you won’t want to miss it! Topics: 04:05 – Cole Sager 06:17 – Taking an active role 11:06 – Stop looking for the magic bullet 14:52 – Mastering the mundane 16:35 – Getting your partner on board We would love to hear from you! If you have a question you want us to answer on the podcast, let us know by leaving a voicemail at workingagainstgravity.com/podcast. And don’t forget to follow along @workingagainstgravity on Instagram for more content like this.


8 Oct 2019

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Genasee and Cole Sager are the Real Deal

Destined for Greatness

Genasee and Cole Sager are the real deal. Cole is a 5x CrossFit Athlete and he and his wife Genasee have more goals than just being on the podium at the games. They have dreams to impact the world for the good in a positive powerful way. They are an example of by sharing faith, Marriage, disciplines and running hard after dreams.


17 Jun 2019

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Cole Sager

Up Before You

On Episode 58 I sit down with Cole Sager. Cole is a former D1 college football player who played at Washington. After his football career was over he quickly made the transition into CrossFit. Cole is a 5x CrossFit Games competitor whose highest finish was 5th in 2016. On this episode, we dive into what it was like growing up in a small town, playing college football, getting into CrossFit, what his mission is in life, what gets him out of bed in the morning and much MUCH more! Bangarang: https://www.bangarangfoods.com/ UltraCell CBD: www.zilis.com/upbeforeyou


3 Jun 2019