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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… read more

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276. Lindsay Andrew | CrossFit L1 Scholarship Seminar

July 15th, 2020


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 …

275. Jamison Price | How to measure culture at your box

July 14th, 2020


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 …

274. Quality Assurance

July 13th, 2020


What would Quality Assurance look like in the CrossFit Space?  Who would determine the standard?  What aspects of the Affiliate would be …

BHOTD - Audio Book - Chapter 1 | Go All In

July 10th, 2020


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

273. Should I Buy A Gym with Nick Spagnol

July 9th, 2020


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 …

272. Help, my box is deaffiliating, what do I do?

July 7th, 2020


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.

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271. Top 10 Mistakes as a gym owner

July 6th, 2020


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 …

BHOTD - Audio Book - Introduction | Before CrossFit

July 3rd, 2020


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

270. Coaching busy classes II

July 2nd, 2020


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 …

269. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Active Life Pro Path

July 1st, 2020


If you want to learn more about the Active Life Pro Path, shoot us an email

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268. Best Hour Book Club

June 30th, 2020


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 …

267. Luis Lopez | Judging the 2020 Rogue Invitational

June 29th, 2020


Luis Lopez owns CrossFit MDI in Orlando, Florida and regularly travels the country judging at CrossFit events.  Recently he had his first experience …

266. CrossFit's new CEO

June 26th, 2020


Fern, Ackerman, and Todd discuss the news of Eric Roza taking over as Owner and CEO of CrossFit.

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265. Ken Andrukow

June 25th, 2020


"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 …

264. Coaching busy classes

June 24th, 2020


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.

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263. Michael Michalowicz

June 23rd, 2020


Fern sits down with Best Selling author Michael Michalowicz of Profit First, Surge, Pumpkin Plan, Clockwork and Toilet Paper Entrepreneur to discuss …

262. Onboarding new members

June 22nd, 2020


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 …

261. Eric Malzone | Savvy through Failure

June 19th, 2020


Eric’s professional experience stems from a decade in the corporate sector. Starting from the bottom to eventually leading nationwide sales teams. …

260. 2020 Rogue Invitational

June 18th, 2020


The 2020 Rogue Invitational was this past weekend and we break it down from a logistics perspective.

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259. Affiliate Identity Crisis

June 17th, 2020


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 …

258. Alyssa Royse | Rocket Community Fitness

June 16th, 2020


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 …

257. Brady Lynch asks Ackerman how to run a successful box

June 15th, 2020


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.

256. Should you deaffiliate?

June 12th, 2020


Tough times call for tough conversations.  Fern, Ackerman, and Todd shed a little light on this topic.

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255. Geoff Westmoreland | Signing your lease

June 11th, 2020


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 …

254. Functional Movements

June 10th, 2020


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.

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253. The State of CrossFit

June 9th, 2020


Ackerman, Fern, and Todd struggle to put into words their feelings over the recent events.

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252. Black Lives Matter

June 8th, 2020


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 …

251. Syn Martinez and Merle Mckenzie

June 6th, 2020


Ackerman, Syn, and Merle have an uncomfortable and real conversation.

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250. Nathan Holiday

June 5th, 2020


Nathan and Fern talk about different ways affiliate owners can use virtual assistants, how to identify important roles in the business and discuss …

249. Intensity

June 4th, 2020


Fern and Ackerman breakdown the concept of intensity.

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248. Layli Lederman | Weight cut specialist

June 3rd, 2020


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 …

247. Mental Health

June 2nd, 2020


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 …

246. Good Coaching vs Good Member Experience

June 1st, 2020


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 …

245. Continuing Education

May 29th, 2020


Recently Ackerman made the bold statement that if you're not pursuing higher credentials and furthering your education, you shouldn't be allowed to …

244. Keith Wittenstein | Ketosis, Quarantine, and Pregnancy, oh my!

May 28th, 2020


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.

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243. Preparing for your L1

May 27th, 2020


In today's episode we remove any stigmas and explain that anyone can take their CrossFit L1 Seminar.

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242. Marc Reklau | Gratitude during the Quarantine

May 26th, 2020


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 …

241. James Hobart + Austin Malleolo

May 25th, 2020


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 …

BONUS ACKERMAN RANT - Ackerman warns not to f*ck yourself up with Murph

May 23rd, 2020


Listen up and don't be stupid this weekend.

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240. Melissa Reed | CrossFit Seminar Staff

May 22nd, 2020


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 …

239. Brady Lynch | How to be a "Jam Up" Human Being

May 21st, 2020


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.

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238. Dr. Sean Pastuch + Fern

May 20th, 2020


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 …

237. Memorial Day Murph 2020

May 19th, 2020


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.

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236. Joe Bauer | The Get Better Project

May 18th, 2020


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 …

235. AJ Baker | Whoop

May 15th, 2020


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. 

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234. Canceling your membership

May 14th, 2020


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 …

233. Geoff Westmoreland | Rent Is Due Part 2 | The CrossFit Legal Action Group

May 13th, 2020


Geoff Westmoreland is an avid CrossFitter.  He's also been practicing law for over 20 years.  In his practice he represents property owners …

232. Dr. Tom Siskron | CrossFit Medicus One, Covid-19, and Chronic Disease

May 12th, 2020


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 …

231. Joe Ward | Keto with Carbs

May 11th, 2020


Ackerman and Joe have a really fun talk about Joe's journey with the ketogenic diet.

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230. Finding CrossFit

May 8th, 2020


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 …

229. Group Management

May 7th, 2020


Todd, Fern, and Ackerman breakdown this component of being an effective coach.

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228. Eric Hancock | EMOM Box

May 6th, 2020


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 …

227. Coaches Development with CrossFit Liberate

May 5th, 2020


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,

226. Matt Albrizio | Virtual Assitants

May 4th, 2020


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 …

225. David Colina | Money for Affiliates

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

224. Heart Rate + Benchmarks

May 1st, 2020


Todd, Fern, and Ackerman discuss the value of using heart rate tracking during CrossFit classes and how often we should be hitting benchmark workouts.

223. Easing members back into training

April 30th, 2020


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?

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222. Re-Opening Affiliates

April 29th, 2020


Ackerman, Fern, and Todd discuss how, when, and what affiliates should do as we approach the end of the quarantine.

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221. Nicole Carroll

April 28th, 2020


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 …

220. Jason Khalipa

April 27th, 2020




219. Peloton vs CrossFit

April 24th, 2020


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 …

218. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | Higher Learning

April 23rd, 2020


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 …

217. Adrian Conway

April 22nd, 2020


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 …

216. Rent is due

April 21st, 2020


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 …

215. 2020 CrossFit Games

April 20th, 2020


Ackerman and Fern speculate on what will become of the 2020 CrossFit Games.

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214. James "OPT" Fitzgerald

April 17th, 2020


OPEX Founder and industry-leading educator, James FitzGerald, has dedicated his life to bringing honor to the coaching profession. OPEX Coaching …

213. Mike Deboever | Reebok CrossFit YUL

April 16th, 2020


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 …

212: Bill Anthes | Improving mindset during the quarantine

April 15th, 2020


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 …

211. Front Rack Mobility

April 14th, 2020


Ackerman and Fern break down the concept of Front Rack Mobility.

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210. Dr. Sean Pastuch | How CrossFit affiliates should be handling the Pandemic

April 13th, 2020


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 …

209. Fern vs. Corona

April 10th, 2020


Fern and Ackerman talk about the impact of this current pandemic on CrossFit affiliates.  

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208. Obese to Beast

April 9th, 2020


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 …

207. Chris Vignaud | Calicure

April 8th, 2020


The CALICURE was invented for one simple 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 …

206. Jason Leydon | CrossFit Milford

April 7th, 2020


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 …

205. John Prescott | Neuse River CrossFit

April 6th, 2020


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 …

204. John Briggs | SBA Loans and CrossFit Affiliates

April 4th, 2020


Fern and John from Incite Tax talk all things SBA loans and the Cares Act.

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203. Jarett “JP” Perelmutter | Brick CrossFit

April 3rd, 2020


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 …

202. Caleb Nelson | Purebred Athletics

April 2nd, 2020


Caleb Nelson is owner of Purebred Athletics and Jason's former parter in CrossFit Clifton Park.  In this episode, Ackerman and Caleb reminisce about …

201. Justin Ross | Monkey Reel Media

April 1st, 2020


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 …

200. David Colina | O2 Recovery

March 31st, 2020


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 …

199. Joe Westerlin | MD-L1

March 30th, 2020


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, …

198. Nutrition Chat

March 29th, 2020


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. …

197. Bear Handlon | Born Primitive

March 28th, 2020


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 …

196. Using Zoom during the Quarantine

March 27th, 2020


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, …

195. Matt O'Keefe

March 26th, 2020


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 …

194. Corona Virus | How do affiliates adapt and overcome

March 25th, 2020


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 …

193. Pat Sherwood

March 24th, 2020


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 …

192. Mark Bell

March 23rd, 2020


No intro needed. 



Gym Owner



Humbled to have the Legend Mark Bell on today's episode.

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191. Nicole Aucoin | Find a new Normal

March 21st, 2020


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 …

190. Stepping on Toes

March 20th, 2020


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 …

189. The Sickness, Wellness, Fitness, Continuum

March 19th, 2020


Coach Glassman's, "Sickness, Wellness, Fitness Continuum" has never been more relavant.

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188. Jeff Tucker

March 18th, 2020


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 …

187. Sean Eberle | Neuse River CrossFit

March 17th, 2020


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.

186. The Corona Virus

March 13th, 2020


Everything you need to know as a box owner, a coach, and member in how to handle this pandemic.

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185. Dawn Fletcher | Mentality WOD

March 11th, 2020


Dawn Fletcher is a mental performance specialist and the owner of

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 …

184. Libby Landry | CrossFit Invictus

March 10th, 2020


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.

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183. Jessica Bergman | Downtown Strength and Conditioning

March 9th, 2020


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, …

182. Coaching Sh*tty Athletes, Part II

March 6th, 2020


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 …

181. Preparing for your L3

March 4th, 2020


Thinking about taking the CrossFit L3 Test?  Listen in as we tell you the best way to prepare for it.

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180. Gale Yocom | CrossFit Strong

March 3rd, 2020


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, …

179. Core to Extremity

March 2nd, 2020


What is core to extremity movement pattern, why is it important, and how do we get athletes to better understand this concept?

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178. Charlie Lima, Jeremy Thiel, and Spencer Nix

February 28th, 2020


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.

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177. Brendan Rice | Wodify

February 27th, 2020


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 …

176. All about the Benjamins

February 26th, 2020


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 …

175. Tyson Oldroyd | CrossFit Media OG

February 25th, 2020


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 …

174. Phones on the WOD Floor

February 24th, 2020


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 …

173. Jason Rule | Driven Nutrition Part II

February 21st, 2020


Jason Rule is back with Driven Nutrition.  He and Fern discuss some GREAT tactics with regard to selling products at events, competitions or any …

172. Adam Feit | Precision Nutrition

February 20th, 2020


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, …

171. Coaching Adaptive Athletes

February 19th, 2020


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 …

170. Nick Massei | Ice Age Meals

February 18th, 2020


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 …

169. Pete Shaw | CrossFit NCR

February 17th, 2020


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 …

168. Coaching Sh*tty Athletes

February 13th, 2020


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 …

167. David Newman | Rx Smart Gear

February 11th, 2020


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 …

166. Chris Sanders | Penn State CrossFit

February 10th, 2020


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 …

165. Teaching the Push Jerk

February 7th, 2020


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 …

164. Dale King | Doc Spartan

February 6th, 2020


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 …

163. Are you not Entertained!?

February 5th, 2020


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 …

162. Markus Gerszi | Gym Breakthrough

February 4th, 2020


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 …

161. Christmas Abbott | The Badass Life

February 3rd, 2020


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, …

160. John Berardi | Change Maker

January 31st, 2020


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 …

159. Eric Hinman | Life by Design

January 30th, 2020


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 …

158. Do Less Better

January 29th, 2020


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. …

157. Buying / Selling a CrossFit Affiliate

January 24th, 2020


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 …

156. Burpee Punishment

January 22nd, 2020


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 …

155. Conor Murphy | WOD on the Waves 2

January 21st, 2020


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 …

154. Recapping the Box Tour

January 17th, 2020


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 …

153. Brian Bochette | CrossFit Thoroughbreds

January 16th, 2020


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 …

152. Medicine Ball Clean

January 15th, 2020


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 …

151. Affiliate Websites

January 14th, 2020


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 …

150. Zoe Harcombe | CrossFit Health

January 13th, 2020


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 …

149. Rope Climbs

January 10th, 2020


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 …

148. Bobbi Millsaps | 15 years of CrossFit

January 9th, 2020


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 …

147. Old City CrossFit | A Family Affair

January 8th, 2020


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 …

146. Benjamin Bunn | Cigar City CrossFit

January 7th, 2020


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 …

145. Dan Uyemura | Push Press inc.

January 6th, 2020


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 …

144. Ron Torrance | CrossFit Health

January 3rd, 2020


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 …

143. Yuri Feito | CrossFit Health

January 2nd, 2020


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 …

142. Best Hour Programming

January 1st, 2020


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" …

141. Being Relentless

December 30th, 2019


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 …

140. Amy Hollingsworth | CrossFit Certifications

December 27th, 2019


On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Amy Hollingsworth, the Certification Program Manager for Crossfit and owners Kitsap Crossfit with her …

139. RX Month

December 26th, 2019


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 …

138. Dr. Steve Ilardi | Depression and CrossFit

December 23rd, 2019


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 …

137. Cool Downs

December 20th, 2019


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 …

136. Paul Tremblay | CrossFit NCR

December 19th, 2019


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 …

135. Eric Malzone | Future of Fitness

December 18th, 2019


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 …

134. Greg Hammond | Concept II

December 17th, 2019


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 …

133. Gary Villegas | Eternity CrossFit

December 16th, 2019


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 …

132. Hiring and Firing

December 5th, 2019


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 …

131. John Briggs | Incite Tax

December 3rd, 2019


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. …

130. Planning for Holiday Workouts

November 28th, 2019


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 …

129. Josh Melendez | Crossfit Be Someone

November 27th, 2019


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 …

128. Doug Chapman | HyperFIT USA

November 26th, 2019


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, …

127. Do Gym Aesthetics Matter?

November 25th, 2019


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 …

126. Box Tour | Sneak Peak

November 21st, 2019


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 …

125. Justin Zizumbo | From coach to owner

November 20th, 2019


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. …

124. Joe DeGain | 810 CrossFit

November 19th, 2019


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. …

123. Karl Eagleman | Whiteboard Daily

November 18th, 2019


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 …

122. Is Your Box Fit?

November 15th, 2019


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 …

121. Nicole Race | Elevate

November 14th, 2019


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 …

120. Jack Ryan & Eric Heup | Fairwinds CrossFit

November 13th, 2019


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 …

119. Jason Rule | Driven Nutrition

November 12th, 2019


On today’s episode, Fern sits down with Jason Rule of Driven Nutrition, the supplements coming that works with affiliate aswell. While Jason owning …

118. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | The Game Changers

November 11th, 2019


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 …

117. Brian Stites | Should he be de-affiliated?

November 8th, 2019


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 …

116. The Snatch

November 6th, 2019


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 …

115. Denise Thomas | Part II

November 5th, 2019


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 …

114. Matt Miller | CrossFit and Mental Health

November 4th, 2019


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 …

113. Mike Witous | Fittest Dwarf on Earth

November 1st, 2019


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 …

112. Jeremy Augusta | Barbell Jobs

October 31st, 2019


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 …

111. Q + A with Chris Hinshaw

October 29th, 2019


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. …

110. Cassidy Ballensky | From Intern to Staff

October 28th, 2019


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 …

109. Brandon Price | Ashburn CrossFit

October 25th, 2019


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 …

108. Christian Lucero | Pardon Me

October 24th, 2019


On to episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Christain Lucero 2016 Crossfit Games 18th finisher and multiple regional athletes since 2013. Owner of …

107. CrossFit doesn't owe you sh*t

October 23rd, 2019


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 …

106. Sean Woodland + Tommy Marquez | Talking Elite Fitness

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

105. The 50 Back Squat Challenge

October 21st, 2019


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 …

104. Chris Spigner | 7 Mile Strength and Fitness

October 18th, 2019


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 …

103. Meagan Burns | Per Ignem CrossFit

October 17th, 2019


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 …

102. Maggie Tincher | CrossFit Reston

October 15th, 2019


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 …

101. Dr. Nathan Jenkins | CrossFit Health

October 14th, 2019


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 …

100. Coach Glassman

October 11th, 2019


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 …

99. Stu Brauer | Guess who's back

October 10th, 2019


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 …

98. Running the Open at your box | It’s the most wonder terrible time of the year

October 9th, 2019


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 …

97. Heber Cannon | Buttery Bros

October 8th, 2019


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 …

96. Adam Tar | CrossFit Northport

October 7th, 2019


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 …

95. Julian and Miranda Alcaraz | Street Parking

October 4th, 2019


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 …

94. Luke Parker | Unbroken Fitness

October 3rd, 2019


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 …

93. Rep Shavers

October 2nd, 2019


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. …

92. Dr. Shakha and Dr. Scott | CrossFit Health

October 1st, 2019


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 …

91. Carl Paoli | Free + Style

September 30th, 2019


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 …

90. Greg Amundson | The Original CrossFit Fire Breather

September 27th, 2019


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 …

89. Bethanie Werner | CrossFit Kapaa

September 26th, 2019


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. …

88. You're not a good enough coach

September 25th, 2019


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 …

87. CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

86. Jud Dean | CrossFit 1st State

September 20th, 2019


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 …

85. Rob Grupe | From Prison to CrossFit owner

September 19th, 2019


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 …

84. I Hate my Box.

September 18th, 2019


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 …

83. Steve Liberati | Steve's Paleogoods

September 17th, 2019


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. …

82. Joe Tepe | The Strip CrossFit

September 16th, 2019


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 …

81. Amy West, MD | CrossFit Health

September 13th, 2019


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 …

80. Andrew Frezza | Seven Figure Box

September 12th, 2019


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 …

79. What is Rx?

September 11th, 2019


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 …

78. Mike Giardina | Assault Fitness

September 10th, 2019


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 …

77. Andrew and Jen Charlesworth | CrossFit Tuebor

September 9th, 2019


In this episode, Jason sits down with time Andrew and Jen Charlesworth are both on the CrossFit seminar staff, are involved with multiple other …

76. Keith Wittenstein | Work F*cking Harder

September 6th, 2019


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.

75. Nicole Aucoin | Healthy Steps Nutrition

September 5th, 2019


In this episode, Jason Ackerman sits down with Nicole Aucoin. Nicole is the founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition and realized how important nutrition …

74. The Muscle-Up

September 4th, 2019


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 …

73. Marc Reklau | The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude

September 3rd, 2019


Marc Reklau is a Consultant, Speaker, and author of 7 books including the #1 Amazon Bestseller "30 Days - Change your habits, change your life", …

72. Chriss + Andrea Smith | Trident CrossFit

August 30th, 2019


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 …

71. Spencer Hendel | The Road to a 300lb. Snatch

August 29th, 2019


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 …

70. Open Gym

August 28th, 2019


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 …

69. Saxon Panchik | Brotherly Love

August 27th, 2019


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 …

68. Matt + Cherie Chan | Follow your heart

August 26th, 2019


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 …

67. Coaches Compensation

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

66. Sean Pastuch | Toxic Exercise Dependency

August 22nd, 2019


Have you heard of “Toxic Exercise Dependency” (TED)?

TED is a condition that is defined as the following:

Person(s) who exercise vigorously causing …

65. WOD on the Waves

August 21st, 2019


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 …

64. Chris Irwin | Teamwork: Navy SEAL Foundation

August 20th, 2019


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 …

63. Freddy Camacho | GFY

August 19th, 2019


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 …

62. Forever Fierce | Dos and Don'ts of Apparel

August 15th, 2019


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 …

61. Logan Collins | 4x CrossFit Games athlete

August 14th, 2019


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 …

60. Meetings

August 13th, 2019


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 …

59. John Wooley | Make WODs Great Again

August 9th, 2019


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 …

58. Rory Mckernan | Behind the Horns

August 8th, 2019


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 …

57. Todd Occhiuto | Teaching and Seeing Drills

August 7th, 2019


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 …

56. Judging at the CrossFit Games

August 6th, 2019


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 …

55. Chuck Bennington | Coach like you mean it

August 2nd, 2019


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 …

54. Marcus Filly | Committed to changing how people view fitness and themselves

August 1st, 2019


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 …

53. Q + A | with guests Austin Malleolo + Denise Thomas

July 31st, 2019


In today's episode we answer your questions.  Fern sat down with special guests Austin Malleolo and Denise Thomas questions submitted by you, our …

52. Stuart Brauer | WTF???

July 30th, 2019


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, …

51. Todd Widman | Leadership has to be selfless and genuine

July 29th, 2019


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 …

50. North Naples CrossFit | Matt Torres + Dario Aviles

July 26th, 2019


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 …

49. Mistakes we've Made

July 24th, 2019


Together Fern and Ackerman have owned seven gyms, coached tens of thousands of members, and have been hitting CrossFit workouts for over 25 years. …

48. Pamela Gagnon | How to improve your gymnastics for CrossFit

July 22nd, 2019


For those of you who aren't familiar with Pamela, she is a lead instructor of The Gymnastics Course (formerly CrossFit Gymnastics), a former …

47. Brian Chontosh | Becoming a leader

July 19th, 2019


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 …

46. Preparing for your L2 Seminar

July 17th, 2019


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 …

45. Becky Harsh | Should you do Keto?

July 15th, 2019


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 …

44. Kelly Starrett | The Ready State

July 12th, 2019


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 …

43. Preventing Burn Out

July 10th, 2019


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 …

42. Tasia Percevecz | There is no "I" in Team

July 8th, 2019


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 …

41. Dallin Pepper | The World's Fittest Teenager

July 3rd, 2019


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 …

40. Q + A | with guest Donny Forbis

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

39. Denise Thomas | Fail to plan, plan to fail

July 1st, 2019


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 …

38. Rob Kearney | World's Strongest Gay

June 28th, 2019


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 …

37. The Deadlift

June 26th, 2019


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 …

36. Nuno Costa | Overcoming adversity

June 25th, 2019


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, …

35. Dr. Sean Pastuch | Turn Pro

June 24th, 2019


Dr. Sean Pastuch founded Active Life because he believed that the world deserves better solutions than the modern medical model can provide. 

Sean …

34. Matt DellaValle | Stay gold

June 21st, 2019


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 …

33. Coaching movements you struggle with

June 19th, 2019


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 …

32. Bill Anthes | The greatest adaptation happens between the ears

June 18th, 2019


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 …

31. Conor Murphy | Living in the moment

June 17th, 2019


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 …

30. Chris Hinshaw | A constant quest for better

June 14th, 2019


Chris Hinshaw is the founder of, 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 …

29. Equipment | What should you buy?

June 12th, 2019


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 …

28. Jon Gilson | The biggest mistake box owners make

June 10th, 2019


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 …

27. Strength + Metcon | What's the best programming for a box?

June 7th, 2019


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 …

26. Chris Spealler + Doug Zakaras | It's a constant choice to be good.

June 4th, 2019


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 …

25. Steph Hammerman | Coaching from a wheelchair

May 31st, 2019


Stephanie "the Hammer" Hammerman, of North Carolina, is a cancer survivor and the world's first CrossFit Level 2 trainer with cerebral palsy. When …

24. Class Size | What's the ideal number to have in class

May 29th, 2019


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 …

23. Pat Barber | Connecting on a personal level

May 28th, 2019


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 …

22. Murph | A how to guide to running, implementing, and hitting Memorial Day Murph

May 23rd, 2019


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, …

21. Wheel WOD | Stouty and Logan discuss how to adapt and program workouts

May 22nd, 2019


Stouty and Logan chat with Jason on the challenges of adapting workouts for all people, programming for competitions, and how they test workouts to …

20. Carleen Mathews | Free coaching to those in recovery

May 20th, 2019


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 …

19. Chuck Carswell | Ask one more question

May 17th, 2019


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 …

18. Empathy | A how to for improving presence and attitude

May 15th, 2019


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, …

17. Margaux Alvarex | Diversify your Life

May 14th, 2019


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 …

16. Mike Burgener | Sh*t coach, just tell me to jump

May 13th, 2019


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 …

15. James Hobart | It's all about who you do it with

May 10th, 2019


You may recognize James Hobart from the 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 …

14. The Air Squat | Best practices for teaching

May 8th, 2019


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 …

13. Kevin Ogar | You have to care

May 7th, 2019


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 …

12. EC Synkowski | Coach like you are teaching a five year old

May 6th, 2019


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 …

11. Adrian Bozman | Be at the right place and willing to work

May 3rd, 2019


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 …

10. On-Ramp | What's the best version for your box?

May 1st, 2019


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 …

9. Dave Lipson | Combining CrossFit and Bodybuilding

April 30th, 2019


Dave "Freakin" Lipson is considered one of the best CrossFit coaches in the world, the founder of Thundrbro, a former competitive CrossFitter, and …

8. Chris Cooper | How to move from Janitor to CEO

April 29th, 2019


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 …

7. The Sumo Deadlift High Pull | Why you should be coaching it

April 25th, 2019


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 …

6. David Osorio | From the park to 1000 members

April 24th, 2019


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 …

5. Developing an Intern Program at your Affiliate

April 23rd, 2019


Want to grow your box?  You need a solid team of coaches.  

James McDermott has developed and implemented a successful intern development program at …

4. Scaling | Preserve the intended stimulus

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

3. Austin Malleolo | Building a great team

April 19th, 2019


"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. …

2. The Whiteboard Brief | Set the tone for a great class

April 17th, 2019


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 …

1. | Should you be following it?

April 15th, 2019


Host, Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) interviews James McDermott (@jamesamcdermott) about how he has successfully implemented …

Intro Episode | Meet Ackerman and Fern

April 13th, 2019


In this introductory episode, hosts Jason Ackerman (@thejasonackerman) and Jason Fernandez (@jfern3) dive into the concept of what makes a successful …

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