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Jun 16, 2015
Since beginning to work with Jason Khalipa in 2013, Chris Hinshaw has quickly become regarded as the most successful endurance coach in the sport of Crossfit.  In the 2014 Games he worked with over two dozen individual Games athletes.  He works with athletes such as Rich Froning, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Mat Fraser, Lindsey Valenzuela, etc.  All the best in other words.  
 
When we first met, we shared the common belief that Crossfit athletes are not training their endurance efficiently and in many cases are not reaching their potential, not even close.  Traditional Crossfit workouts predominantly increase your VO2max, which after 1 year or so reaches it's genetic potential.  What gets undertrained then is the athlete's lactate threshold, which basically means the highest intensity one can sustain without crashing and burning.  That number can increase dramatically and consistently.  The problem is that to train this, one must run at a specific heart rate.  One must train at or slightly faster than his/her lactate threshold to push that number higher.  All out efforts, like Crossfit workouts, do not achieve this goal.  
 
Chris explains this problem and how he gets some of the fittest people on the planet, even fitter. 
 
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Jun 2, 2015

I met Rob MacDonald (Bobby Maximus) in 2011 as he programmed for our team the first year I went to the Crossfit Games.  He also trained two individuals that year, Tommy Hackenbruck and Taylor Richards-Lindsey.  We were a hard working group if nothing else.  However, when Rob would show up to train us on occasion, I remember thinking that every workout was the hardest one I'd ever done.  He communicates with athletes in a way that pushes them to their limits, and he is good at finding each person's buttons.  

 

Before accepting a job at Gym Jones, he fought in the UFC in the Light Heavyweight Division.  At Gym Jones he is the general manager, and it is there that he has worked with NFL players, professional climbers and skiers, and many more.  Physically, this guy is an absolute freak. He can bench 315 for a set of 20, back squats close to 500, and his strength isn't even his strong suit.  

 

His strong suit is his engine.  He has done some ridiculous things on an airdyne.  He has biked for 88 calories in 1 minute, and 900 in 30 minutes!!!!!  If a guy can get 300 in 10 minutes, he is considered to be in great great shape.  To do that 3x in a row is unbelievable.  

 

Enjoy the show.

May 26, 2015

This week Drew Canavero and I interview Jim McDonald, the creator and producer of SuperTraining TV and Mark Bell’s PowerCast.  Jim has been the man behind the scenes of one of the nations most famous gyms for a while now.  We talk about the evolution of the fitness industry and specifically how his gym feels about Crossfit athletes. 

He tells us a few stories from the past, and of course we discuss the prevalence of homosexuality in powerlifting.  

May 19, 2015

This week’s interview is my most technical yet, but for good reason.  Dave Bradley, owner of i99fit has worked with elite level gymnasts for years.  He answers some of the most frequently asked questions amongst Crossfit athletes.  “How do I get better at muscle ups?”  “How do I learn to walk on my hands?”  “I know lots of drills, but I don’t know what order to do them in…”  

He goes over progressions for the two sexiest movements in Crossfit: The Muscle Up and the Handstand Pushup.  He goes over detailed descriptions of form, drills, and progressions.

Dave is a true coach.  He is passionate about teaching and is a phenomenal motivator.   He shares with me what he thinks are the most important traits of a good coach and how to become better.

May 12, 2015

This week's interview is with Bruce Pitcher. Obviously watching any of the weight loss shows such as “Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Weight Loss” are impressive and inspiring.  I had honestly never paid much attention to the people’s actual stories.  I had a naïve, almost mean view of people that were extremely overweight.  I thought they were just lazy, weak people that chose not to put the fork down.  Then I watched Bruce Pitcher’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Bruce’s story is one of pain and destruction, abandonment, shame, and anger. Eating was a coping mechanism.  What Bruce overcame was way more than losing 200lbs in a year.  He conquered his demons.  I hope every one of you can gain some perspective and inspiration from this show.  Enjoy.

May 5, 2015
Matt Vincent is one of the most interesting humans I've had the privilege of meeting.  He is a 2x Highland Games World Champion, which basically means he's the best in the world at throwing a bunch of heavy shit.  One of the biggest takeaways for me out of this interview was the emphasis on staying healthy for his actual sport-throwing.  He repeatedly emphasized the fact that the training in the gym is only a small part of his overall training.  It is only there to support his technical work with throwing.  With that said, he shares how he breaks down the year, what exercises he uses, how he recovers and prevents injury etc. He also goes into how he lost 30+ lbs. of fat and is still hitting PRs in the gym and on the field.  
 
When he's not power snatching 330lbs or out training in the field, he enjoys a wide variety of art, craft beer, and even paints his toe-nails.  This dude's perspective on life is absolutely inspiring to me.  On one hand he is in constant pursuit of excellence in the form of Highland Games' competition.  On the flip-side, he has a great ability to balance that with time spent just having fun and enjoying his life.  I hope you enjoy the show.
Apr 27, 2015
Sean and Jeremy own a company called Active Life RX that focuses on just that - Lasting Results.  I don't know if I would say my mind was blown by the information I've learned from Sean and Jeremy because these are things I've suspected for years but not been able to articulate or wrap my head around completely.  
 
The discussion revolves around a central problem:  We spend way too much damn time on mobility work and injury prevention... period.  If this made our issues go away that would be one thing, but they don't.  We spend 30-60 minutes every day just getting ready to train.  That is not ok.  Why aren't we having lasting results?
 
In the interview, they discuss a whole new way of looking at mobility work or at least the traditional sense of it.  We also talk about how this translates into improved performance. 
Apr 27, 2015
I grew up watching LSU football and being one of those "overly passionate" SEC fans.  So I heard Coach Moffitt's war cry on hype videos all growing up.  It wasn't until just last year that I got a chance to work with him and the rest of his strength and conditioning staff.  
 
He is one of the most studied men I've ever met in any discipline, and especially sports performance.  He is also one of the most caring men I've met when it comes to his athletes.  The combination of these two creates the highest "buy-in" factor I've ever seen in a weight room, which many coaches know is the most important aspect of coaching.  
 
Obviously we go into some specifics about the LSU program, about sports performance, etc.  We also talk about how to become a better motivator and why that is important.  You are going to love this show.
Apr 27, 2015
Krissy Mae Cagney has quickly become one of my closest friends.  Overcame drug addiction, wrote two super successful nutrition books (Flexible Dieting 1.0 and 2.0), bodybuilder, powerlifter, and just an inspiring, authentic woman all-around.  
 
Krissy is a physical specimen in every sense of the word.  Using the techniques she shares on the podcast, she has an incredible body.  The tattoos aren't part of the nutrition plan, but they are gorgeous.  
 
We talk about how to use flexible dieting to achieve optimal results in body composition as well as performance.  We also discuss how that correlates to a balanced, happy lifestyle. 
Apr 26, 2015
Tommy Hackenbruck has been one of my best friends and mentors over the last several years and it is only fitting that our very first podcast be with the biggest BRUTE in the game. We have won the Crossfit Games together twice.  We have done Sealfit together.  We have gone through a lot.  
 
The most impressive thing about Tommy is his mental game.  The best example I can give of how tough this dude is is my experience with him at Sealfit.  There are future Navy Seals in every Kokoro camp class.  There were nearly 10 Games athletes.  He blew everyone out of the water.  Was he in pain?  Yes.  Did he show it?  Not in the least. 
 
I finally got to sit down on camera with him and ask him exactly what led to his mental toughness. We talked about steroid use in Crossfit and his experience at the Games as an individual vs. a team.  
 
- Mike Cazayoux
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