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Chasing Excellence

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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Overcoming Excellence Fatigue

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.

40mins

16 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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#101: Reinvestment & Infinite Games

We're talking about why reinvesting back into the business is really just investing in yourself, how to know when you're ready to go all-in, and whether I think differently about reinvestment today than I did ten years ago.If you like this episode, consider subscribing to Patrick's new podcast called "Open Gym," available wherever you're listening to today's episode of Chasing Excellence. (Or click here to  see where else you can find the show!)Follow Us On Social: Ben | Patrick//Show Notes:02:00 - What I mean when I say reinvestment07:00 - Where I have the most control09:00 - How much faith played a part in my commitment12:10 - The question to ask before making a reinvestment decision17:30 - How to know when you're ready to go all in25:30 - What reinvestment looks like now28:00 - The hierarchy of reinvestment31:00 - How to start a gym today//Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab 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.

35mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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#071: The Theoretical Development of a Business

We’re walking through the framework I’ve developed for building CrossFit New England, which has five areas of focus: Culture, Product, Marketing, Management, and Systems. Show Notes: 02:41 - Culture 12:15 - The value of core values 17:31 - More on Patrick Lencioni 17:39 - More on Gino Wickman 20:58 - Product 24:26 - How CFNE starts a workout 29:02 - What our product is “Coaching CrossFit” 32:30 - The difference between a service and product 34:43 - Marketing 36:31 - The marketing hourglass 46:06 - Management 46:47 - Episode on Leadership here 50:49 - CVS 54:01 - The Eisenhower Matrix 58:59 - Systems 01:03:14 - Why you should become a critic of businesses you frequent 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 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

1hr 7mins

6 May 2019

Rank #3

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#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: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4q

34mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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#006: Daily Discipline

Talking about goal-setting, building habits, & why you want to strive to keep the chain of success going.

29mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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#110: Mental Toughness Isn't What You Think

We're diving deep into the 6 steps we all need to take if we want to develop more mental toughness, including becoming a learner, expecting adversity, and killing the critic.Find us on the socials: Ben | PatrickShow Notes:03:00 - Why is mental toughness important?12:50 - It's all about awareness19:00 - Becoming a learner25:15 - Expect adversity30:30 - Set your sights37:50 - Learn your triggers44:30 - Kill the critic49:20 - Seek out practiceSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing Excellence is a show dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. In each episode, we'll deep dive into various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

57mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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#095: 3x3 on Nutrition Tips, Fitness Routines, & Necessary People

We’re talking about 3 nutrition tips you probably haven’t heard, 3 fitness routines (that aren’t CrossFit) worth trying, & the 3 types of people everybody should have in their lives.Follow us on social:BenPatrick---Show Notes:02:05 - 3 nutrition tips you probably haven't heard05:50 - 3 fitness routines (that aren't CrossFit) you should try14:00 - 3 types of people you should have in your life---Subscribe:Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify---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.

23mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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#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.

26mins

3 May 2017

Rank #8

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#072: Optimize Your Nutrition, w/ EC Synkowski

We’ve got EC Syncowski of OptimizeMe Nutrition in to talk about the fundamentals of a good diet, the 800g Challenge, and whether it’s more important to focus on the quality or the quantity of our food. Show Notes: 05:13 - Learn more about OptimizeMe Nutrition here 07:42 - What’s the one thing we should all be focused on in our diet? 09:52 - Whether quantity is more or less important than quality 11:03 - Where our understanding of nutritional science comes from 14:15 - What is the 800g Challenge? 18:29 - Whether EC is advocating for a plant-based diet or not 20:06 - Why the 800g Challenge doesn’t distinguish between fruits and vegetables 22:28 - Are elimination diets ever helpful? 24:32 - EC’s thoughts on the value and necessary of “boredom” 25:29 - The fundamentals of a good diet 27:36 - Talking about Intermittent Fasting 29:31 - Talking about gut health 33:11 - The role of fiber 34:36 - What is inflammation? 37:12 - Talking about kept 40:26 - What it means to be insulin resistant 43:14 - Can keto cause a nutrient deficiency? 44:52 - What EC would prescribe for somebody who need to lose a lot of weight 47:41 - Our Top Trends episode 48:12 - Why EC thinks people are always looking for the next diet to try 51:39 - How to stay on track with our diets 54:43 - Follow EC on Insta 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 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

55mins

13 May 2019

Rank #9

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#105: 3x3 on Morning Routines, Parenting Tips, & Phone Usage

We're back with another 3x3! This week, we're talking about 3 things I recommend everybody do every morning, 3 tips for parents of teenagers, and 3 ways to stop being so addicted to your phone.Follow Us On Social: Ben || PatrickSHOW NOTES:01:40 - 3 Things Everyone Should Do Every Morning04:30 - More on BOKS here09:20 - More on Daily Stoic here11:50 - 3 Tips for Parents of Teenagers23:20 - 3 Ways to Stop Being Addicted to Your Phone31:30 - More on Digital Minimalism31:30 - More on Indistractable here32:50 - More on Essentialism here//ABOUT THE SHOW 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.

38mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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#060: Building Stronger Nutritional Strategies

This episode is brought to you by Fuel for Fire. Show Notes: 03:00 - How to bridge the gap between knowing and doing 04:48 - Why we need to be thinking about our routines 08:15 - Strategies for the home 19:55 - Strategies for the office 31:42 - Strategies for eating out 37:18 - Strategies for dealing with peer pressure 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 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

42mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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#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: 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?

25mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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#103: Why CrossFit Shouldn't be in the Olympics (2:00 Drill, #12)

We're back for more of your questions this week! We're talking about whether CrossFit should be in the Olympics, my tips for triathlon training, and my thoughts on "faking it until you make it."Follow Us On Social: Ben | PatrickShow Notes01:45 - How to balance training zones05:10 - Dealing with conflicts when you train your significant other08:45 - How to find happiness in a job that causes you stress13:25 - How I handle drama that might come from coaches dating other coaches17:30 - Whether I'd like to see CrossFit in the Olympics20:25 - Macro intake on training vs off days21:25 - How a CrossFitter can train for a triathlon23:40 - Thinking about how to choose a college major27:00 - The big reason why many affiliate owners are struggling30:20 - Thoughts on “faking it till you make it?”32:00 - Choosing the right gym for you34:35 - Making the Games without supplementsSubscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWbSubscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3GSubscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8Grab the book: http://amzn.to/2vSjU4qChasing 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.

37mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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#067: Danger Foods

Show Notes: 03:26 - The importance of understanding carbs 05:22 - Defining carbohydrates 06:47 - Why all calories aren’t equal 09:30 - Yogurt 10:20 - Wheat bread 11:08 - Jimmy Kimmel clip 12:17 - Organic foods 13:21 - Smoothies 15:23 - Juice cleanses 16:08 - Dried fruit 18:52 - Iced tea 20:03 - Energy and sports drinks 21:06 - Coffee drinks 21:43 - Wraps 22:33 - Rice 23:45 - Sauces and dressings 25:05 - Protein bars 26:42 - Here’s a list of words used that all mean sugar 27:51 - Day of eating comparison 30:40 - Quick definition of low carb, super low carb, & keto 36:39 - Carb timing around workouts 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 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

39mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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#056: Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals, with Katrin Davidsdottir

Show Notes 01:34 - Katrin tells the story of how we started working together 09:37 - When & how we started making bigger goals for Katrin 18:19 - Katrin talks about her transition from an immature athlete to a mature one 20:44 - Michael Johnson's book, Gold Rush [ https://amzn.to/2T5MZVR ] 22:25 - Grab The Champion's Mind here [ https://amzn.to/2W2PtGy ] 24:07 - Talking about what I do to keep Katrin focused on our goals 29:03 - How, when, & where we start planning out a year's training goals 33:46 - How Katrin & I make sure our training goals are aligned 37:46 - Talking about whether feedback goes both ways between Katrin & I 38:45 - How we think about making adjustments as the year goes on // Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://apple.co/2lCdeWb Subscribe on Google Play: https://goo.gl/VPYj3G Subscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yamjhwl8 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/

42mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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#043: What to Do About Your Weaknesses

In this episode: We're talking about how to attack weaknesses in the gym, how to play to our strengths outside the gym, & how I've come to think about the areas in my own life I want to focus on improving. Show Notes: 01:54 - How I think about getting to the bottom of movement or performance issues 8:55 - Why I don't only competitive athletes should be focusing on their weaknesses 16:48 - What I think are the cross-over benefits to real life of learning how to attack weaknesses in the gym 23:14 - My thoughts on whether it ever makes sense to go hard on our weaknesses, even in lieu of strengths 28:55 - How I've come to think about & through my own areas of weakness // 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/

37mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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#091: Tactics of Coaching Games Athletes

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 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.

34mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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#089: The Rationale Behind Rx'd Workouts

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 a workout as RX’d is not the goal 15:10 - Is the issue ego or education? 18:05 - Why CFNE has 3 different programming tracks every day 23:10 - How we run classes with so many different workouts happening at once 27:50 - Learning how to start to understand a workout’s stimulus 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 episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

31mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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#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.

27mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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#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.

24mins

22 May 2018

Rank #20