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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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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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Love it, very informative!

#74 Lost Audio

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In E74 we lost audio around the 15 minute mark. Just an FYI.

iTunes Ratings

1331 Ratings
Average Ratings
1246
31
21
17
16

Great

By FlaviaLeticia - May 30 2019
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Love it, very informative!

#74 Lost Audio

By NRandall1984 - May 29 2019
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In E74 we lost audio around the 15 minute mark. Just an FYI.
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Chasing Excellence

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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.

Rank #1: #084: Two Minute Drill #8, w EC Syncowski

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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 it?
10:06 - Do you find more value in University taught nutrition as opposed to certifications like Precision Nutrition?
13:04 - Of all the diet trends out there, is there one you can stand by?
15:07 - My 3-year-old struggles to eat healthily, any recommendations?
17:05 - Top supplements for an average CrossFitter?
18:04 - Does the amount of recommended carbs differ between men & women?
19:08 - How do eating needs change when going through menopause?
20:10 - Are turmeric or other anti-inflammatory foods worth paying attention to?
22:15 - Are there foods that are good for adults that aren’t good for kids?
23:20 - Food for active teenager?
24:07 - Ideal nutrition for breastfeeding moms who do CrossFit?
25:51 - What is functional medicine?

You can learn more about EC and the work she’s doing here.

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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Ben: Instagram
Patrick: Instagram
EC: Instagram

Aug 05 2019
30 mins
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Rank #2: #085: The 10 Components of Fitness

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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 training
19:14 - Why you want to build a strong base to improve performance
22:56 - Whether I think training or practice is more challenging

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

On Social
Ben: Instagram
Patrick: Instagram
Dan: Instagram

Aug 12 2019
25 mins
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Rank #3: #083: The Origins of NOBULL

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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 teams
19:20 - When Marcus decided that it was time to pursue footwear and apparel
23:16 - How I knew I made the right decision to partner with Marcus and Michael
25:37 - Why NOBULL had to build a brand before they had product to sell
35:03 - Why they were confident they could go up against Reebok and Nike
38:14 - Recognizing that product spec isn’t enough
46:23 - The big things Marcus has learned along the way

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

On Social
Ben: Instagram
Patrick: Instagram
Marcus: Instagram

Jul 29 2019
48 mins
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Rank #4: #006: Daily Discipline

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

Jan 10 2017
29 mins
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Rank #5: #014: Simplifying Nutrition

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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
26 mins
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Rank #6: #034: Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

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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
25 mins
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Rank #7: #072: Optimize Your Nutrition, w/ EC Synkowski

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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

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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May 13 2019
55 mins
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Rank #8: #060: Building Stronger Nutritional Strategies

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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

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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Feb 18 2019
42 mins
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Rank #9: #056: Taking Small Steps Toward Big Goals, with Katrin Davidsdottir

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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

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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 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/

Jan 21 2019
42 mins
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Rank #10: #036: 10 Habits You Should Stop Having

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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
24 mins
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Rank #11: #067: Danger Foods

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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

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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Apr 08 2019
39 mins
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Rank #12: #043: What to Do About Your Weaknesses

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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/

Aug 28 2018
37 mins
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Rank #13: #065: Prioritizing the 5 Factors, w/ Katrin Davidsdottir

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Show Notes:

01:41 - Overview of the 5 Factors
06:09 - Katrin’s number one priority
10:42 - More about James Clear’s book here
12:27 - What a normal day looks like for Katrin
14:03 - More about The Daily Stoic
15:45 - What a normal day looks like for me
17:38 - Grab some Paleo Power Meals here
21:26 - Which factors are easy, which are hard for Katrin
25:41 - How I work with my athletes as it relates to the 5 Factors
26:22 - The difference between health and performance
29:37 - Hacks, tips, tricks for optimizing the 5 Factors
39:14 - Champion’s Mindset by Jim Afremow
39:27 - Chop Wood, Carry Water
39:49 - More about John Wooden

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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Mar 25 2019
43 mins
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Rank #14: #016: How to Train with Intention

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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
27 mins
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Rank #15: #076: 14 Ways to Recover Better

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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 - Total rest
20:55 - Stretching
24:05 - Normatec
26:56 - Electric stimulation
28:04 - Cold showers/cold immersion
28:17 - Learn more about Wim Hoff here
31:40 - Saunas
32:47 - Sleep
33:16 - Our episode of Sleep here
34:16 - Nutrition
36:39 - Float tanks
39:38 - ART and body work
42:57 - Creams, advil, anti-inflammatories
45:43 - Meditation 49:23 - Where I think the line is between the needs of a professional and an amateur athlete

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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 running a CrossFit affiliate, becoming a better coach or athlete, & maximizing your potential.

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Jun 10 2019
51 mins
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Rank #16: #031: A Recipe for Better Habits

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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
34 mins
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Rank #17: #023: Maximizing Your Minutes

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Talking about time management, putting first things first, & why it'd be great if email wasn't a thing.

Oct 24 2017
31 mins
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Rank #18: #012: How to Chase Happiness

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We talk about why happiness doesn't live on the other side of achievement, gratitude, & why relationships matter more than money.

Apr 03 2017
28 mins
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Rank #19: #055: Defining & Pursuing Balance

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Show Notes

01:20 - Bezos interview here [ https://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-bezos-interview-axel-springer-ceo-amazon-trump-blue-origin-family-regulation-washington-post-2018-4 ] 04:19 - The different areas of life worth balancing
12:20 - A juggling analogy
22:16 - Kobe Bryant + Nick Saban chat [ https://vimeo.com/285562124 ]

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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 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/

Jan 14 2019
28 mins
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Rank #20: #024: Fueling the CrossFit Athlete

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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
28 mins
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