Best Hour of Their Day

Best Hour of Their Day

www.besthouroftheirday.com
Hosted by Jason Ackerman and Jason Fernandez, Best Hour of Their Day is a show dedicated to helping the CrossFit community. We cover all aspects of fitness including coaching, training, competing, starting and growing a business, and everything in between. Regular guests include world-class athletes, some of the best coaches in the world, fitness entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and more. Besthouroftheirday.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support


105. The 50 Back Squat Challenge
Oct 21 • 32 min
Hey, Podcast Listeners it’s finally here! The time for talking trash is over. Fern, Ackerman, and Todd are at the CrossFit Trainer Summit and Ackerman is about to attempt to hit 50 Back Squats at 185lbs. Will he be able to or will he get crushed under the…
104. Chris Spigner | 7 Mile Strength and Fitness
Oct 18 • 46 min
Today Ackerman is chatting with Chris Spigner, they met Chris was up for re-validation of his level one. Chris’s name may sound familiar he use to play for the Boston Red Socks, sorry Yankee fans. Chris gets deep on what happened when he got released from…
103. Meagan Burns | Per Ignem CrossFit
Oct 17 • 61 min
On today episode Fern sits down with Meagan Burns. Meagan is pretty cool she’s one of the youngest females to have made it on to seminar staff at just 21, she now on her 8th year of being part of staff. Her Crossfit journey all start when she got a job at…
102. Maggie Tincher | CrossFit Reston
Oct 15 • 57 min
In today episode Fern chats with Maggie Tincher. Maggie is a long-time member of Semair Staff, a level 4 Coach, former firefighter and owns two Affiliates: CrossFit Fairfax and CrossFit Reston. She’s been running an affiliate for 13 years plus, that…
101. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | CrossFit Health
Oct 14 • 67 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with Dr Nathan Jenkins. Dr Jenkins is a tenured professor of exercise physiology at the University of Georgia. He conducts research and teaches courses on exercise, obesity and cardiometabolic disease. He’s been researching…
100. Coach Glassman
Oct 11 • 41 min
It’s episode 100 and we have the founder of CrossFit, Coach Greg Glassman on today’s show. It was our goal to have Coach Glassman on our show and it was truly in Ackerman’s mind, an example of putting something out in the world and making it happen. Thank…
99. Stu Brauer | Guess who’s back
Oct 10 • 65 min
In this episode, Fern chats with for the Stu Brauer, who has been mentioned numerous times in different episodes by many guests. This is Stu second time being on the podcast first was with Jason. This time they look at the issue facing gym owners how do…
98. Running the Open at your box | It’s the most wonder terrible time of the year
Oct 9 • 32 min
In this episode, your hosts Jason and Todd talk about the early Christmas present we as the Crossfit community are getting… the first-ever, and will probably never happen again the Second open of the year. I’ll wait while you clap and applause, and the…
97. Heber Cannon | Buttery Bros
Oct 8 • 35 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down the half of the Buttery Bro. If you haven’t heard of Heber or Buttery Bro you must be living under a rock. He was one of the driving force behind the Crossfit Games documentaries, but what’s more, exciting if the…
96. Adam Tar | CrossFit Northport
Oct 7 • 57 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Adam Tar, who he met about a month ago at a Level 2. Adam is the owner and head coach at Crossfit Northport, wit his wife Sarah Tarr. What really impressed Ackerman about Adam was what he is doing from a…
95. Julian and Miranda Alcaraz | Street Parking
Oct 4 • 60 min
In this episode, Fern picks the brains of the founders of Street Parking Julian and Miranda Alcaraz which they started in 2016. Miranda – after 15 years in the fitness industry, 8 years on CrossFit HQ seminar staff, and 8 years competing in CrossFit.…
94. Luke Parker | Unbroken Fitness
Oct 3 • 46 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman chats with Luke Parker. Luke was the villain on this season of “The Bachelorette” but he is so much more than a reality TV bad guy; he’s honestly a high energy guy. And don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Luke before…
93. Rep Shavers
Oct 2 • 35 min
In this episode, all of your hosts Ackerman, Fern and Todd discuss a topic that faces every athlete more than once in the Affiliate, people who shave reps or more than likely you yourself have done it more than once. It’s a very controversial and likely a…
92. Dr. Shakha and Dr. Scott | CrossFit Health
Oct 1 • 69 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with Dr Shakha and Dr Scott, who are both involved in the Crossfit Health scene. Dr Scott is an anesthesiologist, Dr Shakha is Coach Glassman’s children paediatrician. They discuss how Crossfit moving forward in the greater…
91. Carl Paoli | Free + Style
Sep 30 • 31 min
In this episode Jason Ackerman sit down with Carl Paoli, have you heard of him? Probably is the reason you have or want to be able to do a back tuck right? Well, he’s the reason Jason can do one. He was featured on Crossfit Youtube channel back in 2011…
90. Greg Amundson | The Original CrossFit Fire Breather
Sep 27 • 57 min
In this episode Jason Ackerman the host sits down with some who he’s said from day one of his Crossfit journeys was someone he personal looked up. His guest Greg Amundson is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the US Army Officer…
89. Bethanie Werner | CrossFit Kapaa
Sep 26 • 67 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with Bethanie Werner. Owner of CrossFit Kapaa on the island of Oahu discuss the positives of owning a box that gets many drop-ins over the year. She also owner Crossfit Sany in Utah. Bethanie also breaks down what it’s like…
88. You’re not a good enough coach
Sep 25 • 41 min
In this episode in this Todd, Ackerman and Fern discuss issues brought up in the last episode and what was promoted by the 10-year Affiliate Gathering. Why are affiliate’s de-affiliate? And the discussions that were brought up during the gathering. The…
87. CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering
Sep 23 • 39 min
In this episode, Both Fern and Ackerman are in Whistler, Canada at the CrossFit affiliate gathering. Just giving you guys an inside scoop of what it’s like at the gathering. With the special drop-in guest of Austin Begiebing. They raise some talking…
86. Jud Dean | CrossFit 1st State
Sep 20 • 69 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with Jud Dean. Jud has been an affiliate owner for more than a decade. Jud and Fern go back to 2011 at the Mid Atlantic Hopper Challenge. Jud owns CrossFit 1st State in Delaware and does online coaching with his company…
85. Rob Grupe | From Prison to CrossFit owner
Sep 19 • 54 min
What if I told you that the stress of living month to month as a struggling entrepreneur is something to be grateful for? After listening to this episode with Rob Grupe, you will understand exactly what I mean. In this episode, Ackerman sits down with…
84. I Hate my Box.
Sep 18 • 48 min
In this episode hosts, Ackerman and Fern pull to pieces a very common problem, whereby a coach doesn’t like their box anymore. This was emailed to the guys by a listener, about what they should do when they butt heads with the owner of the CrossFit…
83. Steve Liberati | Steve’s Paleogoods
Sep 17 • 49 min
In the episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with the one and only Steve Liberati. As the head caveman for Steve’s PaleoGoods, Steve is always on the hunt for the healthiest way to eat, live, and give back to his community. Never satisfied, Steve works…
82. Joe Tepe | The Strip CrossFit
Sep 16 • 40 min
In this episode Jason and in part Roz sit down with Joe Tepe is the owner of The Strip CrossFit, the only box in Las Vegas with air conditioning. Joe reached out after our episode about Open gym and when Fern and Jason jumped down the rabbit hole of…
81. Amy West, MD | CrossFit Health
Sep 13 • 51 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Amy West MD. Amy is a genuinely wonderful human being who is working with Crossfit and Crossfit health to make people healthier and help as many people as possible. She found earlier on the push back from her…
80. Andrew Frezza | Seven Figure Box
Sep 12 • 47 min
In this episode, Ackerman sits down with Andrew Frezza who is one of the owners of CrossFit Palm Beach in Jupiter, FL. Which has been open for close to 7 years, last year brought in over seven figures in profits and has reached that 500 members. For a box…
79. What is Rx?
Sep 11 • 51 min
In this episode, Todd and Fern discuss the meaning behind the term “Rx.” Why it’s valuable, where it goes wrong in affiliates, how to educate your members on its place in training and some different ways to execute it at the affiliate level. How it…
78. Mike Giardina | Assault Fitness
Sep 10 • 72 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with long-time friend Mike Giardina, who spent more than a decade on the CrossFit seminar staff coaching all over the world. You may recognize him if you took your Level 2 in the good coach/bad coach videos. Mike started…
77. Andrew and Jen Charlesworth | CrossFit Tuebor
Sep 9 • 47 min
In this episode, Jason sits down with time Andrew and Jen Charlesworth are both on the CrossFit seminar staff, are involved with multiple other businesses, own and run CrossFit Tuebor, one of the most successful boxes with over 200 members, and manage to…
76. Keith Wittenstein | Work F*cking Harder
Sep 6 • 57 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with long-time friend Keith Wittenstein put your probably know him better as “Coach Panda! And if you’ve ever wondered why he’s called that? Look no farther they get into that. Keith is a real OG, it feels like…
75. Nicole Aucoin | Healthy Steps Nutrition
Sep 5 • 50 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Nicole Aucoin. Nicole is the founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition and realized how important nutrition was at a young age. Her mom was diagnosed with cancer and her family completely changed their diet and…
74. The Muscle-Up
Sep 4 • 60 min
In this episode, both of the host Jackerman and Fren sit down and talk about the muscle-up. Which most people haven’t even heard of until they walk into the box, and is viewed by many when you get your Muscle-up you get your “Crossfit Card”. The muscle-up…
73. Marc Reklau | The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude
Sep 3 • 43 min
Marc Reklau is a Consultant, Speaker, and author of 7 books including the #1 Amazon Bestseller “30 Days - Change your habits, change your life”, which since April 2015 has been sold and downloaded over 170,000 times and has been translated into Spanish,…
72. Chriss + Andrea Smith | Trident CrossFit
Aug 30 • 66 min
Chriss and Andrea Smith are two of the most awesome people in the CrossFit Community. They have Owned Trident CrossFit for nearly 10 years, have seen their gym grow past 600 members, have both worked on HQ Seminar Staff, own multiple other businesses and…
71. Spencer Hendel | The Road to a 300lb. Snatch
Aug 29 • 49 min
Spencer Hendel is a six-time individual CrossFit Games veteran, competing in every CrossFit Games from 2009-2012 and 2015-2017. Though a bubble athlete frequently on the cusp of qualification, fans were shocked when he missed qualification for this first…
70. Open Gym
Aug 28 • 40 min
What’s the right thing to do when it comes to having an open gym at an affiliate? Is it good to allow members to do their own thing? Does it cause a rift in the community? Should you charge more or less for it? We discuss all of this and more in today’s…
69. Saxon Panchik | Brotherly Love
Aug 27 • 40 min
Saxon Panchik is not only a CrossFit Games athlete, placing 9th at the 2019 Games, but he’s also the owner of CrossFit Cliffside along with twin brother Spencer. The two of them plus older brother Scott are a part of the world’s fittest family. In this…
68. Matt + Cherie Chan | Follow your heart
Aug 26 • 49 min
Matt and Cherie Chan have been involved in the CrossFit world since 2007, using CrossFit as a way to to help Matt improve his endurance as a Denver area firefighter. After four Top 10 finishes at the CrossFit Games, (including the runner-up slot in 2012),…
67. Coaches Compensation
Aug 23 • 49 min
One of the most commonly asked questions we get from both box owners and coaches is, “what’s a fair pay?” In this episode, Todd, Fern, and Ackerman, breakdown best practices, dos and don’ts, and some words of wisdom on how to best compensate CrossFit…
66. Sean Pastuch | Toxic Exercise Dependency
Aug 22 • 55 min
Have you heard of “Toxic Exercise Dependency” (TED)? TED is a condition that is defined as the following: Person(s) who exercise vigorously causing measurable negative findings in common health markers including but not limited to: Elevated white blood…
65. WOD on the Waves
Aug 21 • 28 min
Want to party with 2000 of the fittest people on the planet? Meet other like minded fitness enthusiasts? Train with CrossFit Games athletes? Attend seminars from industry experts? Most importantly hang with Fern and Ackerman!? Listen to this episode of…
64. Chris Irwin | Teamwork: Navy SEAL Foundation
Aug 20 • 67 min
Chris Irwin has been part of the CrossFit Community for almost a decade in several different capacities. He’s a Naval Academy graduate, a former Navy SEAL, has been an affiliate owner, the president of Kill Cliff and now serves in the non profit arena…
63. Freddy Camacho | GFY
Aug 19 • 52 min
Freddy Camacho is the owner of Good For You CrossFit. Freddy retired from police work in 2018 as a sergeant at the Union City Police Department. Over the course of his career in law enforcement, he was an assistant team leader on the SWAT Team, the team…
62. Forever Fierce | Dos and Don’ts of Apparel
Aug 15 • 60 min
Matt and Fern break down apparel sales in the affiliate from start to finish. Forever Fierce works with more than 500 independent gyms. They have solved most of the issues that affiliates have with selling apparel. How should we sell retail? Should we…
61. Logan Collins | 4x CrossFit Games athlete
Aug 14 • 62 min
Logan Collins has competed as an individual the last four years at the CrossFit Games, placing 31st, 15, 11th, and 13th. He has done this while running his affiliate CrossFit Rejoice in Wylie, Texas, and also while training on his own. This year people…
60. Meetings
Aug 13 • 49 min
Where do meetings fit in box ownership and in life? Most people will agree meetings tend to be a huge waste of everyone’s time. In today’s episode we breakdown how to run an effective meeting, tips to make a meeting efficient, and when and why they are…
59. John Wooley | Make WODs Great Again
Aug 9 • 39 min
John Wooley is the brains behind MWGA. He refers to MWGA as his “inside voice” on his fitness journey. John lives by the mantra of, if you don’t look back and laugh at your own journey, then how can you have fun going forward? Support John:…
58. Rory Mckernan | Behind the Horns
Aug 8 • 68 min
Rory McKernan has been a big part of the CrossFit community for over a decade. He was part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff for several years before moving over to the CrossFit Media Team. He has been part of the Update Show for the CrossFit Games as well as…
57. Todd Occhiuto | Teaching and Seeing Drills
Aug 7 • 41 min
Todd Occhiuto is a flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar team and one of our closest friends. Todd has written many articles for the CrossFit Journal helping coaches develop their ability to teach, see, and correct movement. In this episode (recorded at the…
56. Judging at the CrossFit Games
Aug 6 • 65 min
Fern and Ackerman just got home after judging the individuals at the 2019 CrossFit Games. In this episode, Jason sits down with his wife Roz as she asks him all about what goes down behind the scenes. Rate/subscribe in Apple Podcasts! Find us on…
55. Chuck Bennington | Coach like you mean it
Aug 2 • 61 min
Chuck Bennington has been one of our most requested guests and it comes as no surprise, he is a likable dude. Chuck is a long-term member of the CrossFit community and got his start in coaching when he relocated to learn under the tutelage of Jeff Tucker.…
54. Marcus Filly | Committed to changing how people view fitness and themselves
Aug 1 • 62 min
Marcus Filly has smoothly made the transition from CrossFit Games athlete to a leader in the functional bodybuilding world. But don’t write him off just yet from ever stepping onto the CrossFit competition floor. In this interview Jason and Marcus discuss…
53. Q + A | with guests Austin Malleolo + Denise Thomas
Jul 31 • 68 min
In today’s episode we answer your questions. Fern sat down with special guests Austin Malleolo and Denise Thomas questions submitted by you, our listeners. Thank you to all of our fans that sent in questions. If you have questions you want answered on a…
52. Stuart Brauer | WTF???
Jul 30 • 57 min
Stu Brauer is the owner of Urbn Mvmnt in Charlotte, NC, the WTF Gym Talk podcast and brand, and is a content machine. He also has a youtube channel and Vlog as well as a brand new online university for gym owners, Microgym University. In today’s episode…
51. Todd Widman | Leadership has to be selfless and genuine
Jul 29 • 58 min
Todd Widman got hooked on CrossFit when he was a captain in the Marine Corps. As a flowmaster on CrossFit’s Seminar Staff, he says he finds his job highly rewarding. Likewise, he encourages everyone in the community to give coaching a try before…
50. North Naples CrossFit | Matt Torres + Dario Aviles
Jul 26 • 59 min
Matt Torres and Dario Aviles opened the doors of North Naples CrossFit in 2013. What was done out of a passion for fitness quickly turned into a real business that forced these two valet parking attendants to quickly learn and adapt. It’s amazing to see…
49. Mistakes we’ve Made
Jul 24 • 42 min
Together Fern and Ackerman have owned seven gyms, coached tens of thousands of members, and have been hitting CrossFit workouts for over 25 years. To say they have made a few mistakes would be a significant understatement…they’ve f*cked up dozens and…
48. Pamela Gagnon | How to improve your gymnastics for CrossFit
Jul 22 • 51 min
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pamela, she is a lead instructor of The Gymnastics Course (formerly CrossFit Gymnastics), a former collegiate gymnast at Rutgers, a 3 time CrossFit Games athlete and 6 times regionals athlete. Basically she knows…
47. Brian Chontosh | Becoming a leader
Jul 19 • 70 min
Brian Chontosh is a retired Marine officer who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Iraq. Tosh is also one hell of a coach. Brian is a L4 CrossFit coach and part of the CrossFit seminar staff. Listen in as he talks about leadership,…
46. Preparing for your L2 Seminar
Jul 17 • 61 min
Whether you are getting ready to take your L2, already have, or never will, this episode will make you a better coach. Fern and Ackerman discuss the six criteria for being an effective coach and give actionable steps to improve in all areas.…
45. Becky Harsh | Should you do Keto?
Jul 15 • 57 min
Becky Harsh is a part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff and owner of Beaver Menace CrossFit in Castle Rock, Colorado. Recently she tested the ketogenic diet for 90 days and is here to talk about her experience, advice for people considering it, and whether or…
44. Kelly Starrett | The Ready State
Jul 12 • 53 min
Kelly Starrett is a legend in the CrossFit world, a physical therapist, author, and speaker. His 2013 fitness book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, was featured on The New York Times bestselling sports books list. He is a co-founder, with his wife Juliet…
43. Preventing Burn Out
Jul 10 • 57 min
You love CrossFit, whether you just hit the classes, coach at your box, or are an owner, we do it because it’s fun and exciting. But what happens when you start to feel burned out? Is it preventable? How can you handle it? Is there any coming back? Good…
42. Tasia Percevecz | There is no “I” in Team
Jul 8 • 53 min
Tasia Percevecz went from competing as an Individual to a member of the CrossFit Mayhem champions. In this episode, we discuss why being on the team is harder, just how brutal the worm is, the benefits of gymnastics as a child, and much more. Support…
41. Dallin Pepper | The World’s Fittest Teenager
Jul 3 • 55 min
At 17 years old Dallin Pepper has already won the CrossFit Games twice and is planning on making 2019 his third championship. Listen in as Dallin discusses what it’s like being the fittest on earth, training with the elite, balancing training with sports,…
40. Q + A | with guest Donny Forbis
Jul 2 • 62 min
In today’s episode we answer your questions. Fern, Ackerman, and special guest Donny Forbis sat down after a recent L1 Seminar and answered questions from our listeners. Between the three of us, we have owned 8 affiliates, coached over 600 L1 and L2…
39. Denise Thomas | Fail to plan, plan to fail
Jul 1 • 70 min
Denise Thomas is well respected as one of the best CrossFit coaches in the world. She has been a flowmaster on the CrossFit seminar team for nearly 10 years, works at Reebok HQ, and runs the CrossFit coaches development program. When you think of Denise…
38. Rob Kearney | World’s Strongest Gay
Jun 28 • 52 min
Rob Kearney is a Pro Strongman, holds two Log Press World records, and the only openly gay professional strongman in the world. We chat about what it means to be the only openly gay man in this macho sport, training for the world’s strongman, and…
37. The Deadlift
Jun 26 • 49 min
Fern and Ackerman take a deep dive into one of the most functional movements out there. You’ll get our methods of teaching the group at L1 seminars, a 30 second tutorial on how to get people set up properly, best practices for scaling, and so much more.…
36. Nuno Costa | Overcoming adversity
Jun 25 • 49 min
Nuno has been a head coach for CFHQ since 2012 coaching Level 1 and 2 seminars all over the world and is a Crossfit Certified Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3) Nuno also coached the CrossFit Endurance seminars for over 5 years, traveling the world to train other…
35. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Turn Pro
Jun 24 • 57 min
Dr. Sean Pastuch founded Active Life because he believed that the world deserves better solutions than the modern medical model can provide. Sean believes the current medical model manages physical pain without considering the emotional ramifications of…
34. Matt DellaValle | Stay gold
Jun 21 • 50 min
Matt Della Valle (MDV) is one of the best coaches in the world. Starting his career at CrossFit New England he ultimately made the move to Reebok and joined the CrossFit Seminar Team. He was a part of the CrossFit staff for three years before deciding to…
33. Coaching movements you struggle with
Jun 19 • 36 min
How do you coach muscle-ups if you can’t do them? What about coaching athletes that are better than you? In this episode, Ackerman and Fern discuss both of these topics, give advice, and tell real stories about their experiences with these same…
32. Bill Anthes | The greatest adaptation happens between the ears
Jun 18 • 63 min
This episode is all about mindset and how to overcome adversity to be the best version of yourself. In this interview with Bill Anthes, a former Green Beret and founder of Between the ears we discuss tactics to help you overcome anything in life, the…
31. Conor Murphy | Living in the moment
Jun 17 • 56 min
Conor Murphy was born and raised in Washington State, where he spent 10 years in Spokane, before moving to Gig Harbor. After graduating from Gig Harbor High School he enlisted in the Navy to follow his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. The recurrence of an…
30. Chris Hinshaw | A constant quest for better
Jun 14 • 70 min
Chris Hinshaw is the founder of aerobiccapacity.com, and is widely considered one of the top endurance coaches in the world. Chris is known internationally for his extensive knowledge and practical experience developing aerobic capacity in athletes of all…
29. Equipment | What should you buy?
Jun 12 • 47 min
Whether you’re starting a new affiliate, adding equipment to an existing one, or training out of your garage, it’s important to be smart about where and how you spend your money. In this episode, Fern and Ackerman discuss what equipment you definitely…
28. Jon Gilson | The biggest mistake box owners make
Jun 10 • 51 min
Jon Gilson has been around CrossFit for a very long time and because of that he has a wealth of knowledge. As a business owner, trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and athlete. But this episode is not just for owners and coaches, Jon is a very smart…
27. Strength + Metcon | What’s the best programming for a box?
Jun 7 • 29 min
The debate rages on but in this episode, Fern and Ackerman help guide you to a better understanding of the best programming at the box level. The truth is there is no right or wrong, and even sh*tty programming can yield amazing results. With that being…
26. Chris Spealler + Doug Zakaras | It’s a constant choice to be good.
Jun 4 • 52 min
Chris Spealler is a legend in the CrossFit world. Chris was an individual competitor in 7 CrossFit Games, Owner of CrossFit Park City, and trainer for CrossFit Headquarters for over 10 years. Doug Zakaras, a former school teacher and Vice Principal, is a…
25. Steph Hammerman | Coaching from a wheelchair
May 31 • 43 min
Stephanie “the Hammer” Hammerman, of North Carolina, is a cancer survivor and the world’s first CrossFit Level 2 trainer with cerebral palsy. When Steph was born, her future was unclear and doctors initially said she might never walk, talk, read or write.…
24. Class Size | What’s the ideal number to have in class
May 29 • 38 min
How many members can you effectively coach in a class? There are many factors you need to evaluate. Space, equipment, and experience to name a few. In this episode we discuss what we believe is the ideal class size and provide some actionable items to…
23. Pat Barber | Connecting on a personal level
May 28 • 43 min
Pat Barber has been doing CrossFit since long before it was cool. His first workout was in 2003 and he’s never looked back, he also never thought it would become his career. From the CrossFit Games to the cover of “Every Second Counts” to over 10 years on…
22. Murph | A how to guide to running, implementing, and hitting Memorial Day Murph
May 23 • 19 min
In this episode, Jason Ackerman breaks down some best practices for running this Hero WOD at your affiliate. Jason gives you ideas from the box owner perspective, as well as the coaches and athletes. Spoiler alert, most importantly this should be the best…
21. Wheel WOD | Stouty and Logan discuss how to adapt and program workouts
May 22 • 40 min
Stouty and Logan chat with Jason on the challenges of adapting workouts for all people, programming for competitions, and how they test workouts to make sure they uphold the intended stimulus. In addition, they have a big announcement on the evolution of…
20. Carleen Mathews | Free coaching to those in recovery
May 20 • 63 min
Carleen Mathews is best known for her three appearances at the CrossFit Games. Lesser known about her, but more importantly her affiliate CrossFit St. Helens has a free CrossFit program for those in the 12 step program. This initiative has helped many…
19. Chuck Carswell | Ask one more question
May 17 • 59 min
CrossFit has its share of icons, legends and heroes, but Chuck Carswell is an institution. He is well-respected and beloved throughout the entire CrossFit community. Chuck makes everyone feel like a friend that he has known forever, it’s an innate trait…
18. Empathy | A how to for improving presence and attitude
May 15 • 28 min
I used to believe, “I can teach anyone how to coach an air squat but I can’t teach you how to not be an asshole.” I was wrong. Empathy, compassion, and charisma are all learnable characteristics and traits. In this episode we give you actionable items to…
17. Margaux Alvarex | Diversify your Life
May 14 • 59 min
Margaux Alvarez is a six-time CrossFit Games athletes, a World Long Drive competitor, contestant on American Ninja Warrior, and owner of the Vineyard CrossFit. In this episode, we discuss how she finds time to do “all the things” while managing to stay on…
16. Mike Burgener | Sh*t coach, just tell me to jump
May 13 • 58 min
Mike Burgener is one of the most well loved and respected Coaches in all of CrossFit and he has quite the resume. In addition to being a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach, a graduate of Notre Dame with an MS degree from the University of…
15. James Hobart | It’s all about who you do it with
May 10 • 57 min
You may recognize James Hobart from the CrossFit.com demo videos, he moves like an angel. But in addition to being one of the world’s fittest human beings, he is also one of the best coaches. As a flowmaster on the CrossFit Seminar Staff, James has…
14. The Air Squat | Best practices for teaching
May 8 • 41 min
In this episode Ackerman and Fern breakdown CrossFit’s most fundamental movement the air squat. The focus today is on how to best teach it. Some simple guidelines, talk less and move more. But you’ll hear some of our favorite cues, analogies, and stories…
13. Kevin Ogar | You have to care
May 7 • 59 min
Kevin Ogar is more than just some weird guy in a wheelchair. In addition to owning CrossFit Watchtower and being a head trainer on both the L1 and Adaptive CrossFit Seminar teams, Kevin has founded the Revellie Project and helped hundreds of adaptive…
12. EC Synkowski | Coach like you are teaching a five year old
May 6 • 49 min
EC Synkowski started CrossFit in 2006 and shortly thereafter she completed her CrossFit Level 1. Her enthusiasm, expertise and hard work eventually led to seminar staff and flowmaster position, as well as her CF-L4 certification. EC finished her second…
11. Adrian Bozman | Be at the right place and willing to work
May 3 • 70 min
Most know “Boz” as the head judge at the CrossFit Games, most don’t know how he got there. Turns out being at the right place at the right time is important, but equally important is putting in the effort, showing up and doing whatever is asked of you,…
10. On-Ramp | What’s the best version for your box?
May 1 • 44 min
What is the best option for on-boarding new athletes into your affiliate? In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of many alternatives, from the hop right into class structure, to an intro session, a 3 day one on one training, and even six and 12…
9. Dave Lipson | Combining CrossFit and Bodybuilding
Apr 30 • 40 min
Dave “Freakin” Lipson is considered one of the best CrossFit coaches in the world, the founder of Thundrbro, a former competitive CrossFitter, and now preparing for the Colorodo Bodybuilding State Championships. His simple approach to combining…
8. Chris Cooper | How to move from Janitor to CEO
Apr 29 • 60 min
Chris is the owner of CrossFit Catalyst and Founder of Two Brain Business. Chris began mentoring gyms in early 2012. Soon after, he was invited to work as a journalist for CrossFit, Inc. for a year, and he began traveling around the world on the CrossFit…
7. The Sumo Deadlift High Pull | Why you should be coaching it
Apr 25 • 39 min
What do you think of the SDHP? Love it? Hate it? In this episode Ackerman and Fern breakdown the importance of the movement, why it should be a part of your training, as well as best practices for coaching it. We wrap up the episode with Jason’s story of…
6. David Osorio | From the park to 1000 members
Apr 24 • 57 min
From the park to 1000 members, David Osorio has created something very unique and special at CrossFit South Brooklyn. As you listen to this episode you’ll begin to understand how and why, it comes down to culture. David’s goal was to create a workspace…
5. Developing an Intern Program at your Affiliate
Apr 23 • 52 min
Want to grow your box? You need a solid team of coaches. James McDermott has developed and implemented a successful intern development program at Albany CrossFit. This eight week program has helped him continue to grow his team without sacrificing the…
4. Scaling | Preserve the intended stimulus
Apr 22 • 54 min
People are afraid to do CrossFit, not because it’s dangerous but because they can’t do the movements. People see pull-ups, HSPUs, muscle-ups and think, “I can’t do that, so I can’t do CrossFit.” That’s where scaling comes into play. In this episode we…
3. Austin Malleolo | Building a great team
Apr 19 • 54 min
“Words are useless, actions are all we have.” Austin Malleolo has been to the CrossFit Games eight times, six as an individual and twice on a team. His top placing as an individual was 6th and 5th as part of Reebok CrossFit One. Outside of being one of…
2. The Whiteboard Brief | Set the tone for a great class
Apr 17 • 46 min
A good CrossFit class starts in front of the whiteboard, something we refer to as the Whiteboard Brief. But something as simple as explaining the WOD can be done really well or go terribly wrong. Ackerman and Fern breakdown what makes a good whiteboard…
1. CrossFit.com | Should you be following it?
Apr 15 • 60 min
Host, Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) interviews James McDermott (@jamesamcdermott) about how he has successfully implemented CrossFit.com programming into Albany CrossFit. James is a multi-book author, L2 CrossFit Trainer, and long-time head coach at…
Intro Episode | Meet Ackerman and Fern
Apr 13 • 34 min
In this introductory episode, hosts Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) and Jason Fernandez (@jfern3) dive into the concept of what makes a successful CrossFit affiliate. We have all heard of modal domains as it relates to fitness but what about how it…