Best Hour of Their Day

Best Hour of Their Day

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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


287. Determining Time Domains for Workouts
Aug 4 • 60 min
Check out all of the Own Your Eating Nutrition Challenges! In today’s episode, Todd, Ackerman, and Fern take a look at three recent CrossFit.com workout and determine the appropriate time domains and scaling options. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
286. Clay Godfrey | One Fellowship Fitness
Aug 3 • 46 min
Check out the Own Your Eating Nutrition Challenges! In today’s episode, Ackerman chats with Clay Godfrey. Clay recently purchases his box, One Fellowship Fitness from the former owner and we discuss what it’s like taking over a box, the advantages and…
BONUS - Naked Sunday Episode 1
Aug 1 • 61 min
Ackerman has a new podcast out with long-time friend Caleb Nelson. Hosts Caleb Nelson and Jason Ackerman have dedicated their lives to inspiring others to live to their fullest potential. Naked Sunday is the pursuit of all aspects of personal growth.…
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 4 | The Rule is the Rule
Jul 31 • 52 min
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, “Best Hour of Their Day” and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter. Interviewed by James…
285. Jess Fuller | New York Fitness shut down indefinitely
Jul 30 • 67 min
***Check out Own Your Eating’s awesome challenges*** Overnight Jess went from a booming entrepreneur in the fitness world to completely shut down. Her five yoga studios and CrossFit affiliate were shut down in early March and despite restaurants and most…
284. Ryan McKenzie | I hate selling!
Jul 29 • 45 min
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! Ryan McKenzie is a Fitness Business Consultant from Orlando, Florida where he has worked with some of the best trainers, gyms and corporations in the world. Ryan is an author, speaker and industry leader. His…
283. Pat Cummings | Questions for CrossFit’s new CEO
Jul 28 • 60 min
Check out the Own Your Eating Challenges!!! In today’s episode we chat with Pat Cummings, an OG CrossFitter and co-host of “Chasing Excellence” with Ben Bergeron as well as the Open Gym Podcast, and the Consistency Project with EC Synkowski. You can see…
282. Is CrossFit still a disruptor brand?
Jul 27 • 40 min
In tomorrow’s episode, you’ll hear Fern and Ackerman talk with Pat Cummings. On his instagram @pscummings he recently posted 20 Questions for CrossFit’s new CEO, Eric Roza. In today’s episode we discuss question 15. Is CrossFit still a disruptor brand? —-…
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 3 | Life is a series of Dips
Jul 24 • 49 min
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, “Best Hour of Their Day” and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter. Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you’ll get loads…
281. Coty Bradburn
Jul 23 • 57 min
Coty Bradburn is a former Regional athlete and is a three year affiliate owner. He and Fern discuss some of the struggles and challenges involved with cultivating, developing and keeping coaches and staff in an affiliate/microgym. Fern and Coty go back…
280. Yuri Feito | Minimizing Injury
Jul 22 • 60 min
How many days a week would decrease your athletes chance for injury??? Dr, Yuri Feito is an associate professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Management at Kennesaw State university. In this Episode Fern and Yuri…
279. Athena Perez | Lifting the Wait
Jul 21 • 63 min
Athena Perez is the best selling other of “Lifting the Wait” her story of how she lost over 225lbs. and changed her life. Check out her book here. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support…
278. Todd has Covid-19
Jul 20 • 47 min
True story, Todd had Covid-19 and he’s fully recovered. In today’s episode, we discuss. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 2 | We fail at the margins of our experiences
Jul 17 • 42 min
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, “Best Hour of Their Day” and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter. Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you’ll get loads…
277. Ari Bargil | Defending free speech and coaching nutrition
Jul 16 • 48 min
Ari Bargil is leading the crusade for free speech, specifically in helping others with their nutrition. In Florida and many other states it is actually illegal to provide nutrition advice. Many CrossFit affiliates and trainers have received cease and…
276. Lindsay Andrew | CrossFit L1 Scholarship Seminar
Jul 15 • 37 min
Lindsay Andrew is one of the most tenured and decorated member of the CrossFit seminar staff as well as former competitive athlete and owner of CrossFit Max Effort. In today’s episode we talk about her recent experience coaching along side Dave Castro at…
275. Jamison Price | How to measure culture at your box
Jul 14 • 53 min
Jamison Price is the owner of Mossy Creek CrossFit and has put together a comprehensive Affiliate Operating System. This 45 page book provides best practices for things as simple as how to stock the Fit Aid to how we measure your greetings when members…
274. Quality Assurance
Jul 13 • 43 min
What would Quality Assurance look like in the CrossFit Space? Who would determine the standard? What aspects of the Affiliate would be scrutinized? Would your gym make the cut? What would the benefit be? Todd and Fern dive deep into this discussion and…
BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 1 | Go All In
Jul 10 • 47 min
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, “Best Hour of Their Day” and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter. Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you’ll get loads…
273. Should I Buy A Gym with Nick Spagnol
Jul 9 • 52 min
Should you buy a gym during Covid? Should you open your own? Should you wait? Fern and Nick talk through his though process for considering opening up a gym during these times. There are multiple lenses to view this through and Nick and Fern go back and…
272. Help, my box is deaffiliating, what do I do?
Jul 7 • 31 min
In today’s episode we answer a listener question from two coaches whose box is deaffiliating. We navigate how they can potentially handle this massive change. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
271. Top 10 Mistakes as a gym owner
Jul 6 • 58 min
In this episode Fern dives deep in a solo podcast and talks about 10 of the biggest mistakes he’s made over the last decade as a box owner. Most gym owners will make all of these mistakes. Get you note pad. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
BHOTD - Audio Book - Introduction | Before CrossFit
Jul 3 • 38 min
We are bringing you special episodes of Best Hour of Their Day every Friday. Jason Ackerman wrote, “Best Hour of Their Day” and for the audio book he took a deeper dive into each chapter. Interviewed by James McDermott, in each chapter you’ll get loads…
270. Coaching busy classes II
Jul 2 • 33 min
Fern and Todd do a follow up on our previous episode about coaching large classes as well as some things to consider as reopening happen and covid cases see an increase. You need to keep your coaches sharp but have to ensure people are safe and you don’t…
269. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Active Life Pro Path
Jul 1 • 35 min
If you want to learn more about the Active Life Pro Path, shoot us an email besthouroftheirday@gmail.com —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
268. Best Hour Book Club
Jun 30 • 84 min
Much to Jason’s surprise, a few “Best Hour of Their Day” book clubs have sprung up around the country. So, when one based out of San Fransisco asked Ackerman to come on, he was thrilled. In this episode we discuss the final few chapters of the book as…
267. Luis Lopez | Judging the 2020 Rogue Invitational
Jun 29 • 49 min
Luis Lopez owns CrossFit MDI in Orlando, Florida and regularly travels the country judging at CrossFit events. Recently he had his first experience judging the online only Rogue Invitational. In this fun and entertaining episode we hear all about what it…
266. CrossFit’s new CEO
Jun 26 • 43 min
Fern, Ackerman, and Todd discuss the news of Eric Roza taking over as Owner and CEO of CrossFit. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
265. Ken Andrukow
Jun 25 • 52 min
“My goal is to make my wife’s dreams come true.” That is really all you need to know about Ken Andrukow. Anyone that lives with that mantra in mind deserves to be listened to for a few minutes. In addition to owning one of the most successful CrossFit…
264. Coaching busy classes
Jun 24 • 43 min
What do you do when you have a 20 person class or even a 30 person class? Fern, Ackerman, and Todd discuss best practices, including using your assistant coach and planning ahead. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
263. Michael Michalowicz
Jun 23 • 31 min
Fern sits down with Best Selling author Michael Michalowicz of Profit First, Surge, Pumpkin Plan, Clockwork and Toilet Paper Entrepreneur to discuss his new book Fix This Next. This book couldn’t have been published at a more opportune time as many…
262. Onboarding new members
Jun 22 • 49 min
Fern, Todd, and Ackerman talk about different protocols they have used over the years to assimilate new members into classes. From the show up and go model to a 12 session boot camp they have tried it all. In this episode they will talk about things that…
261. Eric Malzone | Savvy through Failure
Jun 19 • 52 min
Eric’s professional experience stems from a decade in the corporate sector. Starting from the bottom to eventually leading nationwide sales teams. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Eric pulled the corporate ejector seat and opened his first business in…
260. 2020 Rogue Invitational
Jun 18 • 33 min
The 2020 Rogue Invitational was this past weekend and we break it down from a logistics perspective. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
259. Affiliate Identity Crisis
Jun 17 • 80 min
Affiliates are in a strange spot, some are staying with the CrossFit brand, others are jumping ship. We have Caleb Nelson, owner of Purebred Athletics on today’s episode along with Ackerman, Fern, and Todd, talking about the idea of deaffiliation and what…
258. Alyssa Royse | Rocket Community Fitness
Jun 16 • 72 min
Alyssa Royse was at the center of a lot of controversy with her letter to Greg Glassman and his response. In today’s episode Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) sits down with Alyssa for a very candid conversation on this topic, as well as rebranding, the state…
257. Brady Lynch asks Ackerman how to run a successful box
Jun 15 • 45 min
The roles are reversed on today’s episode as guest Brady Lynch asks Ackerman how to run a successful box and how to get on the CrossFit seminar staff. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
256. Should you deaffiliate?
Jun 12 • 36 min
Tough times call for tough conversations. Fern, Ackerman, and Todd shed a little light on this topic. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
255. Geoff Westmoreland | Signing your lease
Jun 11 • 76 min
Fern and Geoff are back for round two about the tenant/landlord relationship. In this episode they discuss pretty much anything you would need to think about when signing a lease. Much of what is discussed is from experience from Fern as an early…
254. Functional Movements
Jun 10 • 43 min
What makes a movement functional? In today’s episode Todd, Fern, and Ackerman breakdown (or argue) about why certain movements are considered functional and others aren’t. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
253. The State of CrossFit
Jun 9 • 16 min
Ackerman, Fern, and Todd struggle to put into words their feelings over the recent events. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
252. Black Lives Matter
Jun 8 • 108 min
Ackerman and Fern are taking this topic on with full force. We recorded today’s episode before the events from Saturday and Sunday, but this is still very relevant. We invited two black affiliate owners, Cameron Brown owner of CrossFit HCS and Brian Lowe…
251. Syn Martinez and Merle Mckenzie
Jun 6 • 47 min
Ackerman, Syn, and Merle have an uncomfortable and real conversation. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
250. Nathan Holiday
Jun 5 • 68 min
Nathan and Fern talk about different ways affiliate owners can use virtual assistants, how to identify important roles in the business and discuss how The Level Method can help affiliate owners and coaches create road maps for their clients as well as…
249. Intensity
Jun 4 • 40 min
Fern and Ackerman breakdown the concept of intensity. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
248. Layli Lederman | Weight cut specialist
Jun 3 • 49 min
Layli Lederman is a weight cut specialist that has helped hundreds of athletes make weight for competition including current UFC interim champion Justin Gaethje. In this episode we discuss the differences between weight loss and weight cutting, proper…
247. Mental Health
Jun 2 • 40 min
In today’s episode we breakdown the use of social media and it’s impact on box owners, coaches, and every day people. Between the three of us we have owned over ten businesses and understand that social media can be a powerful tool but also detrimental to…
246. Good Coaching vs Good Member Experience
Jun 1 • 39 min
Todd and Fern discuss the nuances of evaluating a good coach and evaluating the member experience. Every gym touts their “Coaching and Community”. it doesn’t mean anything unless we measure and define it. In this episode they discuss some measurable…
245. Continuing Education
May 29 • 43 min
Recently Ackerman made the bold statement that if you’re not pursuing higher credentials and furthering your education, you shouldn’t be allowed to coach. In this episode, we dive into that and talk about why continuing education is important, how to…
244. Keith Wittenstein | Ketosis, Quarantine, and Pregnancy, oh my!
May 28 • 40 min
Coach Panda is back and as he approaches his 50th birthday and the birth of his third child we dive into what fitness will look like as we come out of this pandemic, ketosis in quarantine, and so much more. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
243. Preparing for your L1
May 27 • 43 min
In today’s episode we remove any stigmas and explain that anyone can take their CrossFit L1 Seminar. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
242. Marc Reklau | Gratitude during the Quarantine
May 26 • 49 min
Ackerman chats with Marc Reklau for a second time. Jason first heard of Marc through his awesome book, “The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude” and was an instant fan. They have stayed in touch over the last year and Jason often refers to Marc has someone…
241. James Hobart + Austin Malleolo
May 25 • 49 min
HAMPLAN Team James Hobart and Austin Malleolo come on to the show and chat with Fern about planning to reopen their gyms. HAMPLAN has created a 40 page document that will help affiliate owners craft a plan, have contingencies and help them be prepared to…
BONUS ACKERMAN RANT - Ackerman warns not to f*ck yourself up with Murph
May 23 • 7 min
Listen up and don’t be stupid this weekend. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
240. Melissa Reed | CrossFit Seminar Staff
May 22 • 47 min
Melissa Reed is a mom of three, a physical therapist, CrossFit affiliate owner, wife, and part of the CrossFit Seminar Team. In this episode we talk about her journey onto seminar staff, being a female coach, and finding balance in life. —- This episode…
239. Brady Lynch | How to be a “Jam Up” Human Being
May 21 • 43 min
Ackerman sits down with Brady Lynch an L1 Trainer at ATG CrossFit and have a fun discussion on what makes a good member, balancing fitness and competition, and continuing education. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
238. Dr. Sean Pastuch + Fern
May 20 • 69 min
Dr. Sean and Fern talk about a bevy of topics in this show, they talk about money, the future of coaching, what coaches can do do provide better value and more. This one got really good towards the end so we will definitely have him back on and keep this…
237. Memorial Day Murph 2020
May 19 • 45 min
Memorial Day Murph will most likely look a little different this year. In today’s episode Todd, Fern, and Ackerman discuss how to run it during the pandemic. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
236. Joe Bauer | The Get Better Project
May 18 • 55 min
Joe Bauer and his fiancee Emily have been living the van life for nearly two years. Like most of us they are feeling the impacts of this pandemic but are optimistic they can get back to traveling very soon. In this episode we discuss the pros and cons of…
235. AJ Baker | Whoop
May 15 • 71 min
If you own a whoop or are thinking about owning one, Jason and AJ (Head of Marketing) dive deep into all of the amazing functions, metrics, and date that this device can you help you learn. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make…
234. Canceling your membership
May 14 • 42 min
Fern, Ackerman, and Todd start off by answering a fan question regarding an issue with the box and the owner, we very quickly take a turn and start discussing how to give feedback and ultimately how to cancel your membership. —- This episode is sponsored…
233. Geoff Westmoreland | Rent Is Due Part 2 | The CrossFit Legal Action Group
May 13 • 59 min
Geoff Westmoreland is an avid CrossFitter. He’s also been practicing law for over 20 years. In his practice he represents property owners (landlords) and he discusses best practices for renters, what they should know about negotiations with their…
232. Dr. Tom Siskron | CrossFit Medicus One, Covid-19, and Chronic Disease
May 12 • 64 min
Dr Tom Siskron is a Urologist by trade, founder of CrossFit Medicus One, the first Medical Affiliate and was the first ever doctor through the CFL1 as part of what is now known as the MDL1. Fern and Dr. Tom his entry into CrossFit and how he figured out…
231. Joe Ward | Keto with Carbs
May 11 • 43 min
Ackerman and Joe have a really fun talk about Joe’s journey with the ketogenic diet. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
230. Finding CrossFit
May 8 • 49 min
In today’s episode, Fern, Todd, and Ackerman reminisce about how they each found CrossFit, some of the earlier workouts they did, and advice they would give to themselves. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
229. Group Management
May 7 • 43 min
Todd, Fern, and Ackerman breakdown this component of being an effective coach. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
228. Eric Hancock | EMOM Box
May 6 • 46 min
The idea for The EMOM Box was grown out of a love for stuff, a love for training and a love for the sport of fitness. Eric Hancock takes box curation very seriously; the packaging is all done by hand. This is a family business grown and run by a family…
227. Coaches Development with CrossFit Liberate
May 5 • 97 min
Fern and Ackerman lead a coaches development zoom call for the coaching staff of CrossFit Liberate in Athens, Georgia. If you are interested in having us lead a call for your affiliate, email us, besthouroftheirday@gmail.com —- This episode is sponsored…
226. Matt Albrizio | Virtual Assitants
May 4 • 57 min
Fern and Matt From Forever Fierce discuss how to operate your your affiliate with potentially reduced revenue and still operate optimally. Affiliate owners are looking at maybe having to step back into the business but there are options when using Virtual…
225. David Colina | Money for Affiliates
May 2 • 24 min
Fern and Dave from O2 are on for episode #2 of what O2 and some other companies are doing in order to help affiliate owners. Retention is the key to surviving and acquiring new clients isn’t the name of the game for a while. O2 along with Bear Komplex,…
224. Heart Rate + Benchmarks
May 1 • 52 min
Todd, Fern, and Ackerman discuss the value of using heart rate tracking during CrossFit classes and how often we should be hitting benchmark workouts. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
223. Easing members back into training
Apr 30 • 42 min
As boxes prepare to reopen, what is the best way to ease members back into training, with the priority being to keep them safe and injury free? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this…
222. Re-Opening Affiliates
Apr 29 • 43 min
Ackerman, Fern, and Todd discuss how, when, and what affiliates should do as we approach the end of the quarantine. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
221. Nicole Carroll
Apr 28 • 50 min
Nicole Carroll is the Executive Director of CrossFit Certifications and Training. She and Fern take a deep dive into the new L-1 Online Offering and discuss all the details of who is eligible, what it entails, the size and scope of the course and…
220. Jason Khalipa
Apr 27 • 60 min
JASON LETS HIS ACTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, PHILANTHROPIST, AUTHOR, AND FATHER — JASON DOES A BIT OF IT ALL. Between building a successful, multi-location business, NCFIT, eight consecutive CrossFit Games…
219. Peloton vs CrossFit
Apr 24 • 69 min
Ackerman is addicted to peloton right now. In today’s episode, Fern, Ackerman, and special guest Todd O. talk about what is making Peloton so successful and how CrossFit can learn from it. We also discuss ESPN’s “the last dance” and much more. —- This…
218. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | Higher Learning
Apr 23 • 63 min
Fern and Dr Jenkins @Ganizbydrj sit down and discuss higher learning, what the value is, who should maybe pursue it and how it’s beneficial in the CrossFit space. Dr Jenkins ask Fern about his pursuit of a masters degree as well as a host of other…
217. Adrian Conway
Apr 22 • 49 min
Fern sits down with Adrian Conway, Individual Games athlete and Team Champion, Seminar Staff member, box owner, Brute Strength Programmer and FNX owner. They discuss mindset, what changes they have made at the box, how he’s used his experience working…
216. Rent is due
Apr 21 • 46 min
In these tough times, what should box owners be doing when it comes to paying rent? Fern leads from the front and discusses what he is doing and some recommendations for other affiliates. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
215. 2020 CrossFit Games
Apr 20 • 51 min
Ackerman and Fern speculate on what will become of the 2020 CrossFit Games. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
214. James “OPT” Fitzgerald
Apr 17 • 47 min
OPEX Founder and industry-leading educator, James FitzGerald, has dedicated his life to bringing honor to the coaching profession. OPEX Coaching Education and Gyms Licensing Programs provide coaches with the tools needed to professionalize their passion.…
213. Mike Deboever | Reebok CrossFit YUL
Apr 16 • 55 min
Mike Deboever is owner of Reebok CrossFit YUL. In today’s episode he and Ackerman discuss how his box is handling the quarantine, his time interning for the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and his current position as translator for HQ. —- This episode is…
212: Bill Anthes | Improving mindset during the quarantine
Apr 15 • 64 min
Bill Anthes is a Special Forces Veteran and professional coach with experience in providing life-changing coaching services. Trained and highly competent in Leadership, Personal Development, and Life Coaching. Bill provides actionable opportunities for…
211. Front Rack Mobility
Apr 14 • 47 min
Ackerman and Fern break down the concept of Front Rack Mobility. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
210. Dr. Sean Pastuch | How CrossFit affiliates should be handling the Pandemic
Apr 13 • 64 min
Dr. Sean Pastuch is back on the show for an unprecedented third time and it should come as no surprise. The man is smart, well spoken, open-minded and cares about CrossFit affiliates. In today’s episode he helps us navigate these tough times and lays out…
209. Fern vs. Corona
Apr 10 • 56 min
Fern and Ackerman talk about the impact of this current pandemic on CrossFit affiliates. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
208. Obese to Beast
Apr 9 • 80 min
John David Glaude has lost over 180lbs. and has become one of the biggest and best influencers in the health and fitness space. Today’s episode runs through many topics including how obese has become his nickname, why he chose to use underscores in his IG…
207. Chris Vignaud | Calicure
Apr 8 • 49 min
The CALICURE was invented for one simple reason…to PREVENT calluses from rips and tears. As a new Crossfitter, Chris Vignaud quickly realized the importance of proper hand care. With 20+ years of experience as a Medical-Surgical nurse, he had witnessed…
206. Jason Leydon | CrossFit Milford
Apr 7 • 35 min
Founder of and head trainer at CrossFit Milford in Milford CT, which has been to the games 5 times and has had athletes at the games 11 years in a row. Team CrossFit Milford finished 2nd in the world in 2015 and Jason has produced 10 podium finishers.…
205. John Prescott | Neuse River CrossFit
Apr 6 • 45 min
John Prescott is the owner of Neuse River CrossFit and co-founder of Wheelpay. John was also one of the original members of Jason Ackerman’s first box, Albany CrossFit. In today’s episode, we discuss what boxes can be doing during the Corona Virus…
204. John Briggs | SBA Loans and CrossFit Affiliates
Apr 4 • 44 min
Fern and John from Incite Tax talk all things SBA loans and the Cares Act. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
203. Jarett “JP” Perelmutter | Brick CrossFit
Apr 3 • 44 min
This is one hell of a rant from JP. What are your thoughts? You with him or against him? We got on the phone and he just went off…I hit record as fast as I could! JP owns and operates BRICK. Established in Los Angeles in 2010, BRICK rapidly expanded to…
202. Caleb Nelson | Purebred Athletics
Apr 2 • 56 min
Caleb Nelson is owner of Purebred Athletics and Jason’s former parter in CrossFit Clifton Park. In this episode, Ackerman and Caleb reminisce about some of their fun times at Albany CrossFit, what they would have done differently, how much they’ve…
201. Justin Ross | Monkey Reel Media
Apr 1 • 48 min
Justin Ross is the owner of Monkey Reel Media and does a ton of work exclusively with gyms on post and full production content. In this episode, He and Fern discuss best practices for starting to shoot, create and edit all the content you need to create.…
200. David Colina | O2 Recovery
Mar 31 • 52 min
In this episode, Fern sits down with Founder and CEO of O2 Recovery Dave Colina to discuss what they are doing to help the CrossFit affiliates around the globe. Dave got his start in the corporate world before spending some time starting up charter…
199. Joe Westerlin | MD-L1
Mar 30 • 50 min
Joe Westerlin is one of the best dudes you might not know. He’s been a part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff for over 10 years, was the founder of CrossFit Omaha, is the main flowmaster for the CrossFit MD-L1 seminars, and is an amazing husband and father.…
198. Nutrition Chat
Mar 29 • 46 min
Fern and Ackerman have been getting a lot of requests to “guest coach” and talk to the members of affiliates. Recently, Ackerman led a nutrition talk for the members of CrossFit Indestri, Watchtower, and Neuse River. In it, he discusses, how to start with…
197. Bear Handlon | Born Primitive
Mar 28 • 45 min
Fern Sits down the CEO and founder of Born Primitive to discuss their “Back the Gyms Stimulus” and what they are doing to support the community that has supported them and sparked their growth from packing boxes in the garage to becoming a household name…
196. Using Zoom during the Quarantine
Mar 27 • 47 min
Most affiliates around the world have been shut down. But like anything else in the CrossFit world, that’s not stopping us. Affiliates have adapted, pivoted, and overcome by going online. In today’s episode, Ackerman, Fern, and Cassidy discuss best…
195. Matt O’Keefe
Mar 26 • 48 min
Matt O’Keefe is planning his next big move in the CrossFit world and it’s going to have a global impact. Tune in to listen to Ackerman and O’Keefe discuss his early days in the CrossFit space, how sobriety and stepping into Northshore CrossFit changed his…
194. Corona Virus | How do affiliates adapt and overcome
Mar 25 • 50 min
We know the last thing you need is more Corona Virus talks, but we are trying to keep this positive, light-hearted, and educational. Fern and Ackerman are recording daily episodes while on lockdown, shoot us your questions to besthouroftheirday@gmail.com…
193. Pat Sherwood
Mar 24 • 81 min
Pat Sherwood’s first CrossFit workout was in 2005 (after spending seven years as a Navy SEAL) and a lot has changed in the functional fitness landscape since then. The CrossFit Games have evolved from a backyard throw-down to this year’s $2.4 million…
192. Mark Bell
Mar 23 • 68 min
No intro needed. Powerlifter Bodybuilder Gym Owner Inventor Carnivore Humbled to have the Legend Mark Bell on today’s episode. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
191. Nicole Aucoin | Find a new Normal
Mar 21 • 53 min
Nicole Aucoin is making her return appearance on today’s episode and holds the very prestigious honor of being the first female guest to appear twice. In today’s episode, Nicole helps affiliates navigate this challenging time with the Corona Virus. We…
190. Stepping on Toes
Mar 20 • 26 min
Scenario: You’re not coaching, but you’re taking class. The Coach is missing many faults and in general needs help. What do you do? Do you step in or continue as a participant. . Listen in as Fern and Ackerman navigate this challenge. —- This episode is…
189. The Sickness, Wellness, Fitness, Continuum
Mar 19 • 47 min
Coach Glassman’s, “Sickness, Wellness, Fitness Continuum” has never been more relavant. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-ackerman/support
188. Jeff Tucker
Mar 18 • 57 min
Jeff Tucker is a legend and the father of gymnastics in the CrossFit world. In today’s episode we talk about the hundreds of seminars he led around the world, his time running the CrossFit Regionals, and his recent decision to start the Carnivore Diet. —-…
187. Sean Eberle | Neuse River CrossFit
Mar 17 • 59 min
Sean Eberle is one amazing dude. Listen in as we chat about how he found CrossFit, losing 30lbs, becoming a competitive athlete, and taking his L1. Also ladies, he’s single and ready to mingle…slide into his DMs. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:…
186. The Corona Virus
Mar 13 • 54 min
Everything you need to know as a box owner, a coach, and member in how to handle this pandemic. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
185. Dawn Fletcher | Mentality WOD
Mar 11 • 51 min
Dawn Fletcher is a mental performance specialist and the owner of MENTALITYWOD.com. Dawn has had nearly every job in the fitness industry over the last 14 years and has helped more than a dozen athletes to The CrossFit Games and many others to…
184. Libby Landry | CrossFit Invictus
Mar 10 • 47 min
Libby Landry is the GM at CrossFit Invictus as well as part of our seminar staff. In today’s episode, we discuss the challenges and obstacles that women face in the CrossFit coaching world. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make…
183. Jessica Bergman | Downtown Strength and Conditioning
Mar 9 • 53 min
Jessica hails from New York City where she spent the majority of her life until moving to South Florida. She currently resides in Miami where she is the owner of Downtown Strength and Conditioning. In this episode, Jess talks about the little things she…
182. Coaching Sh*tty Athletes, Part II
Mar 6 • 44 min
Last week we answered Nicole’s question about coaching non-responsive athletes or athletes that simply don’t listen. After the episode, she hit us up with some feedback and we thought the best course of action was to have her on the show to discuss…
181. Preparing for your L3
Mar 4 • 39 min
Thinking about taking the CrossFit L3 Test? Listen in as we tell you the best way to prepare for it. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
180. Gale Yocom | CrossFit Strong
Mar 3 • 69 min
Gale Yocom and Fern chat about how Gale has gone from his garage and welding his own equipment to just having moved into a 54,000 sq ft facility that offers CrossFit, Sports Performance, Ninja Warrior, private training, bootcamp and more. Gale is a 10…
179. Core to Extremity
Mar 2 • 34 min
What is core to extremity movement pattern, why is it important, and how do we get athletes to better understand this concept? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
178. Charlie Lima, Jeremy Thiel, and Spencer Nix
Feb 28 • 53 min
In today’s episode Fern sits down with all three of these Texas box owners. They have a very unique relationship in that the three owners get together monthly to help each other improve their business. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
177. Brendan Rice | Wodify
Feb 27 • 81 min
Fern Sits down with Wodify team member Brendan Rice who is the Chief Marketing Officer. They discuss the evolution of Wodify, why they found a niche lane in the CrossFit gym space and what their process for development has been. They also discuss all…
176. All about the Benjamins
Feb 26 • 49 min
In today’s episode Fern and Ackerman answer the following email: I did my level 1 last August and started coaching in a brand new box in the small town I live in, population 5000ish. The gym owners have no previous experience in CrossFit, both have just…
175. Tyson Oldroyd | CrossFit Media OG
Feb 25 • 64 min
Tyson Oldroyd was one of the first 200 affiliate owners, part of CrossFit HQ Seminar staff for many years, has been one of the mainstays in the CF media department for years and is responsible for commissioning more than 15,000 videos and some of the more…
174. Phones on the WOD Floor
Feb 24 • 30 min
In today’s episode we answer the following question from one of our listeners: I check people into class on my gyms software at the beginning of class. It takes me 1-2 minutes, but I do it on my phone. Do you think this looks so bad that I should get a…
173. Jason Rule | Driven Nutrition Part II
Feb 21 • 53 min
Jason Rule is back with Driven Nutrition. He and Fern discuss some GREAT tactics with regard to selling products at events, competitions or any other scenario that would involve unusually high foot traffic in the box. This is gonna be great for in house…
172. Adam Feit | Precision Nutrition
Feb 20 • 59 min
Adam Feit is a Level 2 Master Class Coach as well as the Performance Nutrition Coordinator at Precision Nutrition, working with a multitude of youth, collegiate, Olympic and professional athletic teams including the Calgary Flames, Brooklyn Nets, and the…
171. Coaching Adaptive Athletes
Feb 19 • 34 min
In episode 5 of “Dropping In” Fern and Ackerman hit Hammer Driven Fitness. HDF is owned and operated by Steph Hammerman, Nike’s first female adaptive fitness athlete. In this episode, we learned so much about how to adapt workouts, were impressed by…
170. Nick Massei | Ice Age Meals
Feb 18 • 74 min
Nick Massie (AKA Paleo Nick) has over 20 years of experience as a professional cook and is passionate about BBQ. He won the people’s choice award at the 2003 Great Alaskan One-Pot Cook-Off and in 2016, he had the opportunity to present his business to the…
169. Pete Shaw | CrossFit NCR
Feb 17 • 59 min
Pete Shaw is one of the Co-Owners of CrossFit NCR, as CFHQ Seminar Staff Member and multi-time regional athletes and he just qualified for the 2020 CrossFit Games. Pete and Fern discuss the new games format, how training for the games changes his…
168. Coaching Sh*tty Athletes
Feb 13 • 32 min
Every box has them, athletes that just don’t want to listen. Be it stubbornness, ignorance, ego, or just plain stupidity, every coach will eventually encounter someone that isn’t receptive to feedback and coaching. In today’s episode, Fern and Ackerman…
167. David Newman | Rx Smart Gear
Feb 11 • 53 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman chats with David Newman, the owner of Rx Smart Gear. Back in 2009, David was looking to improve his double unders, he used what he could find on the market and combined it to make his jump rope. After members of his gym…
166. Chris Sanders | Penn State CrossFit
Feb 10 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman sits down with Chris Sanders, a senior at Penn State who’s the President of an on-campus Crossfit Affiliate. PSU CrossFit is a student-run CrossFit affiliate with over 130 Members. Chris explains by having an on-campus…
165. Teaching the Push Jerk
Feb 7 • 43 min
And we are back with a movement episode just like you guys have asked for. It’s all about the Push Jerk today. How to teach it, the progressions, and how to do with a class. They get into the Push Jerk at the 17:57 mark, the first of episode is a follow…
164. Dale King | Doc Spartan
Feb 6 • 51 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman is chatting with Dale King. Dale is the owner of PSKC CrossFit and Doc Spartan male grooming company. Just by the way Ackerman swears the scrub, he’ll tell you all about it. Dale goes into how he runs multiple successful…
163. Are you not Entertained!?
Feb 5 • 45 min
Educate, Inspire, and Entertain, that’s what you need to do in order to be a successful CrossFit coach, but what does that mean and how exactly does one entertain? This episode is brought to you by GOWOD. The GO WOD app is unique because of its mobility…
162. Markus Gerszi | Gym Breakthrough
Feb 4 • 65 min
On today’s episode, we have Markus Gerszi long time friend of Fern. Markus is former affiliate owners, he now runs Gym Breakthrough which helps gyms create a better client experience with customer services being at the forefront. Markus has helped…
161. Christmas Abbott | The Badass Life
Feb 3 • 53 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman sits down with Christmas Abbott. Christmas has been in the CrossFit space for 15 years, from competing to running her own Affiliate. She completely turned her life around from drinking, smoking and partying when she’s 22 to…
160. John Berardi | Change Maker
Jan 31 • 69 min
On today’s episode, Jason sits down with John Berardi. John is best known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company. He’s also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping…
159. Eric Hinman | Life by Design
Jan 30 • 53 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman sits down with Eric Himan. Eric is a health and wellness entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Original Grain, XO Taco, and Urban Life Athletics. Eric is a contributor and partner at Fellow Gent, an aspirational new media…
158. Do Less Better
Jan 29 • 37 min
One workout a day? Doing less better is something that is brought up quite a lot in the Crossfit space. When being a Coach in any field, not just Crossfit if you don’t give yourself time to actually coach in class. Everything will be moving too quickly to…
157. Buying / Selling a CrossFit Affiliate
Jan 24 • 49 min
Ackerman and Fern get one question coming up regularly: Should I buy an Affiliate? They discuss the crucial factors on how to value an affiliate allowing for an accurate value of the business. Also, how to go about actually doing it, who needs to be…
156. Burpee Punishment
Jan 22 • 26 min
Maybe you saw our recent Instagram Post. - It’s all about is it right to use burpees as punishment? Ackerman and Fern agree it’s not, even if it’s running joke in your box. It can have the undesired effect on your box meaning people would rather miss…
155. Conor Murphy | WOD on the Waves 2
Jan 21 • 36 min
Today Ackerman has the one and only Conor Murphy on to discuss WOD On Waves Two. It’s going to amazing; they’ve listened to what people wanted more of from the last one. There will be lots of Athletes, informative seminars and different workout classes…
154. Recapping the Box Tour
Jan 17 • 65 min
On today’s episode is little debrief of “Dropping in - The Box tour”. Ackerman and Fern talk about each oft he first 5 boxes they visited on the box tour. They go over the pro’s and con’s of each and talk about what made each one fo special. They all were…
153. Brian Bochette | CrossFit Thoroughbreds
Jan 16 • 36 min
Brian Bochette is the Head Coach and one of the Owners of CrossFit Thoroughbreds in Fort Myers, which opened back in 2007. Brian started Crossfit when he was a fulltime Physical Therapist and felt insurance companies tied his hands. It’s fascinating to…
152. Medicine Ball Clean
Jan 15 • 46 min
Today is just what you guys asked for! Another movement episode. Ackerman and Fern break down the Med Ball Clean. It’s one of the most undervalued and underutilized movements. Even though it’s one of the nine functional movements and it’s given a lot of…
151. Affiliate Websites
Jan 14 • 43 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman and Fern talk about one of the things you didn’t realise you had to be good at an affiliate owner- website design. But do you really need a website nowadays in the world of social media? The answer is yes. It’s the face of…
150. Zoe Harcombe | CrossFit Health
Jan 13 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Zoe Harcombe, who has been brought up a few times on perceives podcast as she spoke at the most recent trainer summit. Zoe explains how and why the obesity epidemic is getting worse. Yet we are moving more and…
149. Rope Climbs
Jan 10 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman and Fern break down the rope climb. They discuss how to coach the different methods, cue’s and progressions. Along with they talk about it is it worth doing it at your box, how to avoid juries, best practice around them. And…
148. Bobbi Millsaps | 15 years of CrossFit
Jan 9 • 77 min
On today’s episode Fern sit down with Bobbi Millsaps. Bobbi has been part of the CrossFit space since roughly 2006. Bobbi has done it all within the community from seminar staff, to Games Judge, working on the administrative side for HQ and previously…
147. Old City CrossFit | A Family Affair
Jan 8 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman is chatting with Sean Emery and Erin Loise owners and founders of Old City Crossfit DC. The interesting about their partnership is they are sliding. Their box is a family affair. They talk about Owning an affiliate with a…
146. Benjamin Bunn | Cigar City CrossFit
Jan 7 • 59 min
On this episode, the focused on is Affiliate owners and how to grow your box. Even more helpful to people wanting to open their own affiliate and how you can still run a successful box. - Even if there are 15 others open in your local area. Ackerman sits…
145. Dan Uyemura | Push Press inc.
Jan 6 • 34 min
On today’s episode, Jason Chat with Dan Uyemura owner, and one of the three founders of Push Press inc. Dan’s background is computer software ing. By having a computer/desk job, dan admits that it caused him to put on weight which leads him to Crossfit.…
144. Ron Torrance | CrossFit Health
Jan 3 • 47 min
On today’s episode Jason Ackerman sits down Ron Torrance is an MD-L1 and part of the Derelict Doctor Club (DDC) which has come up a few times. Ron runs the Regenesis Tampa Bay, whereby he treats Orthopaedic injuries differently by using rich plasma and…
143. Yuri Feito | CrossFit Health
Jan 2 • 83 min
On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Yuri Feito, who is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise, Science and Sports Management at Kennesaw State. He’s published “A 4-Year Analysis of the Incidence of Injuries Among CrossFit-Trained…
142. Best Hour Programming
Jan 1 • 30 min
Happy New Year! We want to thank everyone that supported us in 2019 and we look forward to helping you continually grow in 2020. One way that we will make that happen is with brand new “Best Hour of Their Day” programming. This programming will be unique…
141. Being Relentless
Dec 30, 2019 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Fern and Ackerman discuss being relentless when it comes to your coaching. What that means is that you, as the coach are more stubborn than the athlete standing in front of you. You can not let your eyes get used to sh*tty movement.…
140. Amy Hollingsworth | CrossFit Certifications
Dec 27, 2019 • 58 min
On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Amy Hollingsworth, the Certification Program Manager for Crossfit and owners Kitsap Crossfit with her husband, Dan. Fern and Amy discuss the differences between The Levels 1, 2, 3 and the soon to be released level…
139. RX Month
Dec 26, 2019 • 31 min
On today’s episode Fern discuss what happens once a year at Crossfit Rife, it’s called RX Month. It’s where for a whole month they change what it means to do the workout “prescribed”. It’s called RX month because of it about giving everybody the…
138. Dr. Steve Ilardi | Depression and CrossFit
Dec 23, 2019 • 50 min
On today’s episode, Ackerman talks to Dr Steve IIardi about the benefits of exercise when it comes to depression. Dr Steve Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology and the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without…
137. Cool Downs
Dec 20, 2019 • 47 min
In today’s episode, Fern and Ackerman discuss how to run an effective cooldown. It’s the most unutilised part of a class, meaning it’s either not planned for or is just an afterthought of “if there’s time”. Fren and Ackerman example that why it’s…
136. Paul Tremblay | CrossFit NCR
Dec 19, 2019 • 72 min
On today episode Fern chats with Paul Tremblay. Paul has a very impressive resume in the Crossfit space. He owns CrossFit NCR with two business partners, opened back in 2013. Paul’s made it to the games multiple times as an individual and five times on…
135. Eric Malzone | Future of Fitness
Dec 18, 2019 • 51 min
On today’s podcast, Ackerman sits down with Eric Malzone, who’s been involved in fitness for over 20 years. Originally, a CrossFit affiliate owner Eric now runs a consultant company that Ackerman personally used to help with setting up Own Your Eating.…
134. Greg Hammond | Concept II
Dec 17, 2019 • 64 min
Greg Hammond is an OG in the CrossFit world. You might recognize him from last week at the Dubai CrossFit® Championship as he judged Sam Briggs in the Bike Erg and run event. In today’s episode, Greg and Jason talk about how Concept 2 started, where the…
133. Gary Villegas | Eternity CrossFit
Dec 16, 2019 • 76 min
On today’s episode, Fern sits down with friend of the show, Gary Villegas. Gary has been on the CrossFit seminar staff for five years and has owned his affiliate in Orange County, California, Eternity Crossfit for the past nine years. Gary is very much…
132. Hiring and Firing
Dec 5, 2019 • 29 min
In today’s episode, Fern is going solo again. He’s sharing his method of hiring and firing staff; with the mistakes and the lessons he’s learnt along the way. The aim here is too easy those awkward conversations that you will eventually have to go through…
131. John Briggs | Incite Tax
Dec 3, 2019 • 66 min
Fern is talking all business with John Briggs today. John is the owner of the Incite and author of Profit first for Micro Gyms, along with the part Affiliate owner. Fern has had personally been using them for 3 years. This is not sponsored Fern wanted to…
130. Planning for Holiday Workouts
Nov 28, 2019 • 29 min
Happy Thanksgiving Listeners! We hope you’re having a great day. On today episode we’re talking about running holiday classes, whereby their tends to a reduced schedule and which means classes are massive. The most important points keep it simple and…
129. Josh Melendez | Crossfit Be Someone
Nov 27, 2019 • 65 min
On today’s episode Fern chats with Josh Melendez, owner of Crossfit Be Someone. Josh is on the podcast today to discuss how he recently went on the 3 Day Coaches Development Programme, that fern hosted. We get a lot of question about the course and the…
128. Doug Chapman | HyperFIT USA
Nov 26, 2019 • 49 min
On today’s episode, Jason Ackerman chat with Doug Chapman, OG in the CrossFit world, Hyper Fit (CrossFit Ann Arbor) was one of the first affiliates. Doug was on level 1 and two staff till 2014, before stepping down, he uses to run 8,000 sqf Affiliate then…
127. Do Gym Aesthetics Matter?
Nov 25, 2019 • 66 min
In today’s episode your host, Ackerman and Fern talk about the aesthetics of an affiliate and how important. They’re covering the overlook, layout to the organization to how clean it is. To emphasise how important that is today. With wifi, how to make…
126. Box Tour | Sneak Peak
Nov 21, 2019 • 30 min
Ackerman and Fern are on the road in Raleigh, North Carolina. They are doing a part tour. They’re giving you guys a little insight into what they are actually doing, why they are doing it and when you guys get to see the end project. Some exciting things…
125. Justin Zizumbo | From coach to owner
Nov 20, 2019 • 72 min
On today’s episode Fern chats with his good friends Justin Zizumbo, owner of Crossfit New Life. They talk about, the importance of scale and how Justin has constantly worked with non-profit, with athletes in recovery. Along with Justin being a listener,…
124. Joe DeGain | 810 CrossFit
Nov 19, 2019 • 79 min
On today’s episode Fern chats with Joe DeGain, a long-time member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff. Joes also the owner of 810 Crossfit, in Michigan. They go deep down that rabbit hole of Affiliate ownership. Joes has been on staff for 11 years and 8 years…
123. Karl Eagleman | Whiteboard Daily
Nov 18, 2019 • 44 min
On today’s episode Jason Ackerman chats with the Karl Eagleman, you may know him better by his Instagram @whiteboard_daily. He’s the man behind those amazing coaching diagrams and the new whiteboard daily glossary. The glossary is an encyclopedia for…
122. Is Your Box Fit?
Nov 15, 2019 • 32 min
Today listeners, you are in for a Fern Friday special treat! Fern is going solo with is own thesis about how fit is your box?- Now Fern isn’t talking about if you would have won the affiliate cup, back when that was things. He discusses how “fit” is your…
121. Nicole Race | Elevate
Nov 14, 2019 • 49 min
On today’s episode Jason Ackerman chats with Nicole Race, you might recognize Nicole from her viral post on Gym Lunch, which she is no longer part of. Along with Nicole disaffiliate from Crossfit in 2017 moved to calling her’s and her husband’s mirco -…
120. Jack Ryan & Eric Heup | Fairwinds CrossFit
Nov 13, 2019 • 77 min
On today episode Fern sits down with longtime friends Jack Ryan and his business partner Eric Heup, they own Fair Winds CrossFit. They come from two entirely different backgrounds, with opposite skill sets. They went from the coach-athlete relationship to…
119. Jason Rule | Driven Nutrition
Nov 12, 2019 • 69 min
On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Jason Rule of Driven Nutrition, the supplements coming that works with affiliate aswell. While Jason owning GNC found that companies supplement would cut back on raw product and saying it was to “improve” the…
118. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | The Game Changers
Nov 11, 2019 • 48 min
On today’s show, Ackerman welcomes back Dr Nathan Jenkins, who you guys the listeners loved last time. On this episode, they will be talking about the new Netflix documentary Gamechangers, which states that you don’t need plate base t was Executive…
117. Brian Stites | Should he be de-affiliated?
Nov 8, 2019 • 63 min
Today Listeners, Jason Ackerman is sitting down with Brian Stites. Don’t recognise the name? You might have heard the story about him, as we’ve defiantly talked about him a few episodes ago. Brian is the person who wrote in the private ‘Affiliate Owners”…
116. The Snatch
Nov 6, 2019 • 29 min
In today’s episode two of the best break down the Snatch. Todd and Fern discuss the points of performance, progressions, common faults, cues they have used, and much more. They also dive into the importance of the movement and how everyone can and should…
115. Denise Thomas | Part II
Nov 5, 2019 • 68 min
On today episode Fern chats with his long-time friend and the only guest to be on 3 times the one the only Denise Thomas. Last time we lost 19 mins of her interviews, we made sure it didn’t happen this time. Along with Denise is answering your question!…
114. Matt Miller | CrossFit and Mental Health
Nov 4, 2019 • 65 min
In this episode Fern and Matt Miller discuss what the mental health field has to offer coaches and box owners. As Affiliate begins to broaden our outreach to try to work with the “underserved” populations it is important for coaches to be able to meet…
113. Mike Witous | Fittest Dwarf on Earth
Nov 1, 2019 • 52 min
On to days episode, Jason Ackerman chats with Mike Witous, the Fitness Dwarf on Earth. Even though that title is self pro-claimed, he is very fit dude. You may have seen him absolutely kill it at Wodapalooa. Mike works very closely with the adaptive…
112. Jeremy Augusta | Barbell Jobs
Oct 31, 2019 • 57 min
On today episode Fern sits down with Jeremy Augusta, Barbell Jobs creator. Jeremy saw that there was no means for coaches to network and look for work in the CrossFit/micro gym space. They discuss job hunting, gym purchases, resumes and what coaches…
111. Q + A with Chris Hinshaw
Oct 29, 2019 • 62 min
Hey listeners! Today’s episode is a real insight for you guys. As you maybe know we run a mentorship group and as part of that there are weekly calls and during these calls, there is a certain topic that is discussed. Along with we have guest coaches on…
110. Cassidy Ballensky | From Intern to Staff
Oct 28, 2019 • 69 min
Hey listeners! Today you are in for a treat Fern is sitting down with his GM at Crossfit RIF, Cassidy Ballensky. Cassiday wears a lot of hat form programming today to cleaning duties, athlete management and everything in between. He’s a level 3 and is…
109. Brandon Price | Ashburn CrossFit
Oct 25, 2019 • 52 min
Hey listeners! Today episode host Fern chats with Brandon Price they met on Brandon’s level one back in 2017. Then about two years go Brandon com to Fern asking for help with Coaching development. Brandon was working within Sports management when he found…
108. Christian Lucero | Pardon Me
Oct 24, 2019 • 39 min
On to episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Christain Lucero 2016 Crossfit Games 18th finisher and multiple regional athletes since 2013. Owner of Grip Tight Tape and runs his own podcast Pardon Me with Christian Lucero. Christain and Ackerman dive into…
107. CrossFit doesn’t owe you sh*t
Oct 23, 2019 • 33 min
Hey Listener! It’s that time of the week again your host sit down and go though problem or issue that is facing the Crossfit community and you might be able to guess it’s all about the perception that Crossfit Hq should be doing more directly for the…
106. Sean Woodland + Tommy Marquez | Talking Elite Fitness
Oct 22, 2019 • 63 min
Hey Listeners! On the episode today Jason is sitting down the hosts of another podcast, Talking Elite Fitness’s Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez. They discuss how even before were both let go from Crossfit HQ that they had always been looking for the right…
105. The 50 Back Squat Challenge
Oct 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…