Category: coaches-chats

Coaches Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses Macro and Micro Nutrients

Jun 18

Whitney Reese came to us from her physical therapy facility in Austin, TX. I always love to see what our coach’s spaces look like, and this one didn’t disappoint!  What are macros and micros - mac...

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Coaches Chat - Henry Toraño Discusses Sleep Before, During and After COVID-19

Jun 11

Henry Toraño is very mindful of what he tells his clients, and when it comes to sleep he knows that people are in vastly different starting points in terms of how well they sleep. If there is one p...

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Coaches Chat - Mizar Fuentes-Ortega Discusses How To Physically Go Back To The Gym

Jun 11

Mizar Fuentes-Ortega not only has a number of clients who were forced to train from home, he as a former CrossFit Games Regionals competitor, also had to train from home. And, like so many, Mizar i...

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Coaches Chats - Whitney Reese Discusses The CrossFit Games Going Back to Aromas, California

Jun 02

Whitney Reese competed at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California in 2010, but she was training at a high level prior to that when the Games were in Aromas, California. Fast forwarding to today, w...

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Coaches Chat - Sam Smith and Henry Torano Discuss How To Become Conscious Of How Things Affect You

May 11

Coaches Sam Smith and Henry Torano have worked with hundreds of clients in fitness and health 1:1. They have seen many patterns that have led their clients to success as well as failure. I wanted t...

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Coaches Chat - Mike McElroy and Will Nobles Discuss Putting The Fitness Puzzle Together

May 04

Mike McElroy and Will Nobles, on the surface, may appear to be a bit odd couple’y - coach to client wise - but their differences have made them brilliant fits to work together to ensure Will is con...

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Coaches Chat - Will Trujillo and Mitch Davis Discuss Mitch-tathlon and Autonomy In Fitness

Apr 28

“Every person should experience their own Mitch-tathlon” - Will Trujillo Will Trujllo and Mitch Davis have worked together as coach/client since 2017, and they’ve built an amazing level of tru...

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano Discusses How To Get Back Into The Gym During COVID-19

Apr 28

Henry Toraño not only coaches people online, he also owns OPEX San Juan in Puerto Rico. He is very in tune with the challenges of clients, coaches, and gym owners, so I wanted to discuss with him w...

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Coaches Chat - Colleen Fotsch’s Mental and Physical Fitness Training

Apr 27

Sam Smith has worked with Colleen Fotsch in multiple capacities, but he’s been her head coach for the past year.  Colleen is a high profile CrossFit Games competitor, but she’s also become a wonder...

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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Discusses Health and Fitness Success During Ramadan

Apr 20

Michael Bann has worked with clients from all over the world throughout the past decade. Many of those clients have had to work around religious holidays. At the time of this article, some of Micha...

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Coaches Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses if Telehealth May Be the Next Big Thing in Healthcare

Apr 14

Whitney Reese is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and she’s been working diligently to build out Telehealth and E-visits amid the Covid 19 pandemic. I was very curious about the service as well as the...

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Coaches Chat - Henry Toraño & Laura Thompson Discuss Progressing During A Pandemic

Apr 13

Big Dawgs Coach, Henry Toraño, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Henry’s client, Laura Thompson. Laura is in the CrossFit Games Masters Division Age 45-49 division. She finished 37th in t...

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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Discusses Keys To First Responder Performance

Apr 13

Michael and I have wonderful conversations where he unloads really helpful information onto me, and when he chats about first responders it’s very clear that more people need to hear him.  One of t...

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Coaches Chat - Henry Toraño Discusses How To Deal With Emotions During The Virus

Apr 03

Big Dawgs Coach, Henry Toraño discussed some really helpful ideas for people of many makes and models to navigate their training, lifestyle, and daily habits to continue to move forward in this ver...

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COACHES CHAT - Michael Bann Discusses Health and Performance Amid Covid-19

Apr 03

Michael is an expert when it comes to understanding how the human body connects with the mind, and he’s experienced a significant number of different clients and scenarios that have tested people’s...

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Coaches Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses Creating Positive Habits In Chaotic Environments

Apr 01

Whitney Reese is a very principled and systematic thinker. She doesn’t just ask what 1+1 equals, she asks why it is that 1+1 = 2. It doesn’t matter the topic, if Whitney has thought about it, she’s...

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano Discusses How To Stop Mentally Dancing

Mar 03

Big Dawgs Coach, Henry Torano is really well known as a coach who is outstanding at helping his clients “get their mind right.” We discussed some wonderful questions surrounding how to understand i...

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Coaches Chat - Will Trujillo Discusses Finding Your Competition Personality 

Feb 19

"I know that I need an edge to win" I spoke to Big Dawgs Coach, Will Trujllo, on his birthday, and we got into a really interesting conversation about how he and his athletes find their personal...

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Coaches Chat - The Genesis of #ChefSam for Sam Smith

Feb 19

Where did #chefsam start?

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Coaches Chat - Sam Smith - Your Actions Always Unmask Your Priorities

Feb 19

Sam Smith, for all of the notoriety he receives for working with big name CrossFit Athletes, is extremely introspective. He constantly investigates his thoughts, his actions, and the environment around him. He not only wants to grow, he wants to understand his coaching craft and the world at his fingertips.  It was this reason that struck up my curiosity. I wanted to better understand part of how Sam got to this mindful place in his life, so I asked him to talk about an experience in his formative – teen – years that both shaped his life as well as remains at the forefront of his coaching methodology today. What arose was a wonderful conversation about how Sam approaches the world.

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Coaches Chat - Mizar Fuentes-Ortega - Finding Harmony Through Patience and Perseverance

Feb 04

Mizar Fuentes-Ortega (Mizar) has always fascinated me, his clients, and many other people who follow Big Dawgs and Mizar. He speaks 3 languages: English, Spanish (his native language), and French, he was a world-level gymnast + high level CrossFitter and Mixed Martial Artist, he’s an outstanding coach, and he is always 100% present with me and others when he speaks to us. I wanted to explore some of the genesis that helps Mizar be Mizar!

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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Shares A Special Forces Client Case Study Story

Jan 23

Michael Bann  and I often discuss the successes and challenges he’s seen with some of his clients because he often has complex client puzzles to solve. Michael often works with Military Special Forces clients as they want to prepare for, go through, and thrive after Selection, the Qualification Course, and then multiple deployments into hostile parts of the world.

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Coaches Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses A Defining Moment That Shaped Her Life?

Jan 15

Whitney Reese has been a competitor for her entire life. From multiple sports to CrossFit, to school, to coaching, she loves to test herself and compete. But what you may not know is that Whitney deeply cares about those around her, and no matter what happens she is the type of person who will make sacrifices to help those around her - perhaps it’s part of the reason she became a Physical Therapist.

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano - Goals vs. Fantasies and How to Achieve Them

Jan 15

In this Coaches Chat, Henry Torano is a master of helping people see what they are doing and then helping them sort out why they may be doing it. This chat with Henry about goals vs. fantasies is timely with the 2020 New Year, as many people want to understand the decisions they are making so that they can learn how to consistently improve.

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano Shares His Most Challenging Fitness Moment - Story 2

Jan 09

In this Coaches Chat, Henry Torano discusses the difficulties he faced coming to terms with leaving the competitive CrossFit world.

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Henry Torano Shares His Most Challenging Fitness Moment - Story 1

Dec 30

In this Coaches Chat, Henry Torano talks about a new years goal of his from the past. A timely story as we head into the New Year, 2020. In this particular year, he set out to run an Ironman, however the challenges he fast would teach him major life lessons that would shape him as an athlete and a coach.

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Coaches Chat - How Do People Perceive Their Progress and Mastery In Fitness?

Dec 09

Whitney Reese always impresses me with how much breadth and depth she has command over in our conversations. It doesn’t seem to matter what the topic is, she always has such intelligent words back....

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Coaches Chat - Mizar Fuentes Should I Count My Macros?

Nov 19

When you have created habits that are truly engrained inside of you, you can build on top of them. For macros, if you are sleeping well, eating/drinking well, training consistently, getting sun (when possible), enjoying rhythm and purpose, and you aren’t stressing out to do those things - ie automatic - you'd better be prepared to receive better success from adding macros, as a tool to your arsenal.

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano Breaks Down How To Improve Fitness Movement Technique PT. 1

Nov 13

To improve movements, you must remove them from challenging workouts. You must bring them up front within a training day so that your CNS is fresh so that you can attack the weakness of the movement first. Only after you work a movement in a non-fatigued way can you begin to challenge it.

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Coaches Chat - Will Trujillo Explains How To Stay Healthy While Pushing Your Fitness Intensity

Nov 05

Will has so much experience with his athletes needing different things when they are run down or close to injury. He always thinks about what the most stressful, or intense, thing is for people, and he wants to remove that from training when they are close to collapse.

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