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Best Hour of Their Day

171 EpisodesProduced by Jason AckermanWebsite

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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170. Nick Massei | Ice Age Meals

February 18th, 2020

1:14:31

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

59:56

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

32:30

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

53:36

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

47:24

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

43:28

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

51:39

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

45:19

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

1:05:55

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

53:59

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

1:09:17

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

53:36

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

37:18

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

49:23

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

26:12

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

36:59

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

1:05:33

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

36:35

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

46:45

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

43:45

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

44:51

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

44:29

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

1:17:18

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

39:11

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

59:18

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

34:05

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

47:19

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

1:23:06

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

30:48

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

29:23

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

58:34

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

31:34

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

50:41

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

47:03

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

1:12:23

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

51:35

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

1:04:26

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

1:16:33

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

29:41

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

1:06:19

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

29:15

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

1:05:37

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

49:11

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

1:06:47

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

30:38

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

1:12:08

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

1:19:03

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

44:12

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

32:53

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

49:41

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

1:17:40

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

1:09:42

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

48:54

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

1:03:42

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

29:11

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

1:08:30

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

1:05:11

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

52:10

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

57:01

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

1:02:31

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

1:09:39

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

52:41

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

39:03

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

33:44

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

1:03:55

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

32:22

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

46:23

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

1:01:53

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

57:05

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

1:07:37

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

41:56

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

1:05:37

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

32:20

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

35:26

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

57:02

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

1:00:28

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

46:46

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

35:43

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

1:09:31

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

31:41

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

57:38

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

1:07:15

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

41:37

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

39:03

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

1:09:28

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

54:52

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

48:54

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

49:59

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

40:22

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

51:03

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

47:10

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

51:38

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

1:12:39

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

47:45

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

57:00

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

50:41

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

1:00:11

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

43:27

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

1:06:03

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

49:29

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

40:16

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

40:40

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

49:18

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

49:28

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

55:53

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

28:54

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

1:07:22

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

52:13

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

1:00:39

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

1:02:14

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

49:40

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

39:22

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

1:08:33

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

41:39

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

1:05:29

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

1:01:25

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

1:02:53

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

1:08:43

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

57:29

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

58:14

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

59:17

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

42:56

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

51:10

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

1:10:29

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

1:01:24

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

57:44

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

53:47

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

57:31

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

53:30

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

55:37

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

1:02:17

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

1:10:03

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

52:03

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

49:53

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

49:53

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

57:29

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

50:32

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

36:45

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

1:03:43

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

56:07

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

1:10:46

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 …

29. Equipment | What should you buy?

June 12th, 2019

47:02

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

51:45

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

29:46

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

52:13

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

43:13

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

38:09

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

43:09

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

19:05

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

40:55

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

1:03:35

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

59:14

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

28:51

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

59:38

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

58:53

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

57:28

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 …

14. The Air Squat | Best practices for teaching

May 8th, 2019

41:27

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

59:22

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

49:33

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

1:10:29

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

44:56

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

40:52

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

1:00:01

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

39:17

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

57:13

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

52:35

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

54:25

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

54:13

"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

46:32

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. CrossFit.com | Should you be following it?

April 15th, 2019

1:00:14

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

Intro Episode | Meet Ackerman and Fern

April 13th, 2019

34:33

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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