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Mar 28, 2016

Noah Ohlsen Podcast – Show notes

Noah Ohlsen has come a long way since starting Crossfit in 2010. Known for his perfect hair and boyish smile, He has won two Crossfit Games regional competitions, and finished 8th at the 2014 & 2015 Games. Tune in to check out his old school method to gaining 30+ pounds of lean muscle, working out with big leagues; Guido Trinidad & Chase Daniels, and his journey to his first Games appearance. It’s time you get familiar with the 8th fittest man in the world because he’s definitely going to be around for a while.

If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review. It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings. Thank you all for the support.

In this episode you’ll learn:

[3:12] Dealing with critics and common misconceptions | Staying humble and mentally tough

[5:12] How Noah took his game to the next level | Surrounding yourself with people who are better than you | Finding outside motivation

[6:00] The infamous wheel barrel incident at the 2015 Crossfit Games | Overcoming set backs

[8:55] Noah’s thoughts of Guido as a mentor both in and outside of the gym | Finding good role models

[9:43] Who was Noah Ohlsen before Crossfit?

[13:30] Noah’s journey to qualifying for his first Crossfit Games

[16:02] Competitions outside of Crossfit | ECC, WODapalooza, DXB Fitness

[18:58] Going from 155lbs to 190lbs in 24 months | Weight gaining tips

[21:12] Noah’s supplement routine

[22:52] Tapering & recovering techniques for competitions | Percentage work

[25:13] Noah’s thoughts on the 2016 Open | Preparation, Strategy, and Mentality

[28:50] Post 2015 Crossfit Games season

[31:25] Finding motivation on the off season

[32:45] What’s next after Crossfit? | Noah’s plans for the future

Mar 21, 2016

Nick Sorrel has to be one of the best Gymnastic coaches in the Crossfit community. If you’re not already following him on Instagram (@nicksorrel) or working with him in our Brute Strength programs then you should be. This guy has a wealth of knowledge, and this podcast is just the tip of the iceberg. Take some notes or just soak it all in because things are about to get real gym-nasty.

In this episode you’ll learn:

[2:57] Life is a balancing act. Nick gives us a look into how he is able to manage his time between being a Surgeon, Brute Strength Head Coach, Husband and a Father.

[8:17] Collecting accomplishments VS. Collecting moments and living life with a purpose

[12:20] How to avoid getting burned out from all the responsibilities that life can throw at you

[13:58] Nick’s meaning of Faith, as described in “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

[16:18] Joining the Bruce Barbell/ Brute Strength team

[18:30] Pursuing the love of fitness through Coaching

[20:07] Implementing gymnastic progressions – “Bruce Barbell Manifesto”

[22:04] Common issues for Crossfitters in gymnastics & how Brute Strength makes improvements

[23:30] Building gymnastics foundation and establishing basic skills

[25:38] Breaking down all Crossfit gymnastics into lesser attributes – Core strength, Pushing strength, Pulling strength, Mobility, Dynamic movement, Positions

[27:50] How to build a successful Gymnastics progression

[31:08] How Brute Strength – Gymnastics incorporates skill work & skill days into your Crossfit training

[34:14] What Brute Strength – Gymnastics can do for you as an athlete/ Crossfit competitor

[38:32] The importance of body awareness and good form on the bar

[40:13] Flexibility VS. Strength in Crossfit gymnastics

[42:02] Biggest mistakes people make while inverted – Scapulohumeral rhythm, spinal accessory nerve

[44:00] Tips/ Techniques for better presses and hand stands

[46:43] Time under tension and what that means for your HSPUs


Resource Mentioned:

Brute Gymnastics Level 1 – a paradigm shift in the way you think about gymnastics.


Mar 14, 2016
In this episode, I read my article "Know Your Why" and expand on some of the ideas in it with a recent experience in mind.  
I've spent the last two weeks in Lima, Peru as my best friend has been in the ICU over here due to swine flu and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.  I've had ample time to contemplate what his death would mean to me, and before I even knew the outcome the experience was profoundly inspiring to me.  
My friend Bryce is an extraordinary human being that inspires nearly every person he meets to be a better person, be more vulnerable with others, have more fun, etc.  He's one of the healthiest guys I know.  He's an ultra marathoner (runs 100 miles at a time), he eats a diet full of green veggies and healthy fats, and practices yoga, meditation, and Wim Hoff breathing daily.  The fact that this happened to him tells me that it can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of how fit and healthy you are.  
So I was reminded, as I often am, to do the things I want to do NOW and not later.  Life is too short to wait.  One of the things I'm most passionate is spreading the message of being vulnerable and living a life full of purpose.  Last year I wrote an article on our blog entitled "Know Your Why" which was about my personal journey from drug addiction to winning the Crossfit Games and everything in between.  
If you LOVE this podcast please click HERE to leave me a review.  It energizes me to keep doing these as well as pushes us higher in the rankings.  Thank you all for the support.  
If you liked this episode you might also like the one I did with Chris Powell where we talk about building integrity with yourself to cause massive transformation in you life 
or the one with Steve Cook on dealing with fear and self doubt
or the one I did with Adee Zukier on the science of a 6 pack, developing a sense of worthiness and a cultivating better relationship with food.
Mar 7, 2016
Sometime last year my good friend Bruce Pitcher told me about this Fit2Fat2Fit guy that gained a bunch of weight and then lost it.  It wasn't until this interview that I understood the full story behind why Drew Manning did this.  Talk about dedication to your craft!  This guy gained 75 lbs and lost it so that he could relate to his overweight clients better.  Wow.
He and I both agree that the diet and training aren't nearly the biggest factors to successful transformation.  We spend the majority of the time talking about the emotional side. We talked about the highs and lows of his experiment and how he uses that to relate to his clients today.
In this episode you'll learn:
-Drew's original inspiration for the whole experiment
-His diet he used to gain 75lbs of fat
-His diet and training he used to lose it all 
-The emotional challenges that come with losing weight
-What he learned about people losing weight, and how trainers can use it to help their clients
Check out the Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit website.  
Also check out the Dollar Workout Club, where you pay $1/week for tons of free workouts and content that you can do at your house.  There is literally no excuse to not train when there are resources like this out there.