Category: coaches-chats

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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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Gives An In Depth Look Into The Aerobic System - Part 2

Nov 01

When you are stressed, have gut issues, aren’t sleeping, etc...and then you tack on a workout that puts you just a bit over the line, you can set that forrest fire of inflammation off. When that inflammation goes, it harms your ability to create red blood cells, but it also harms your ability to absorb the micronutrients that help you be more oxidative (aerobic). 

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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Gives An In Depth Look Into The Aerobic System - Part 1

Nov 01

If your intent on a 2k row is “go all out and ‘die,’ that will put somebody into an anaerobic state because it’s not sustainable. However, if you go into a workout with the intent of sustainability and consistency - Michael mentioned a historic Rich Froning interval workout where he rowed 4 1k rows at 3:25 with 60 sec breaks in between - that much more likely allows you to complete the workout at a pace that you can do over and over which yields an aerobic outcome.

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Coaches Chat - Henry Torano Gives His Insights On Wearable Devices

Nov 01

I am always impressed by how much Henry Torano understands about fitness, health, and his clients. He has great breadth of knowledge in so many areas. That is why I wanted to extract his thoughts and experiences with fitness and health tracking devices

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Coaches Chat - Michael Bann Discusses Fitness And Health Resiliency 

Oct 23

CEO Jim Crowell sits down with Big Dawgs Coach Michael Bann to discuss building resilience. In this chat, Michael first helped me to see his definition of resiliency because so many people have such abstract views on what it means in the first place. He went on to make a very interesting comment surrounding the difference between resiliency in higher level performers vs more of everyday competitors. Jim and Michael had a great conversation. Enjoy it!

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Coaches Chat - How To Improve Open Movements Over The Course Of A Year

Oct 10

So many people ask us “how do I get better for a competition,” so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can spend a year building the important movements for a competition. More specifically, I asked him how to improve from one year’s CrossFit Open to next year’s CrossFit Open.

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Coaches Chat - What Is And How To Optimize Your CrossFit Games Open Performance

Oct 10

We have been discussing the CrossFit Open with everybody inside of Big Dawgs, so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can view the Open for themselves to get their best performance inside of it. Something important to note, though, is that this isn’t an article about how to train for a year - or 5 years - to peak physically for it. No, this article and video are about how to take wherever you sit, right now, and put your best result forward.

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Coaches Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses How To See And Fix Movement In Fitness - Part 2

Oct 02

Whitney Reese sat down again to discuss more on the subject of quality movement in fitness. Last time we talked about what good movement is, how people can recognize how well or poorly they’re movi...

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Coaches Chat - Brian Foley Discuss Improving Ring Muscle Ups

Sep 18

In the video, we hit on these big topics: What is a ring muscle up? - a definition and explanation to give context to the conversation Why are muscle ups challenging for people? - be it technique, strength, or muscle endurance, there are some barriers that people need to overcome. What technique and drills help improve the skill of the ring muscle up? What type of training or programming helps to improve your max muscle ups set? What helps you improve muscle ups in workouts when you're tired?

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Planning a Competitive CrossFit Season With the Open In October

Sep 10

We had a great conversation about organizing somebody’s season in the best way for them to succeed in their competitions while continuing to improve throughout the year.  Throughout this conversation, Henry and I discussed: -What to do with athletes with the shortened March 2019 CrossFit Open vs the October 2019 and 2020 Opens -How has the 2019 CrossFit Games season been different -How are you laying out competitive seasons for your athletes now

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Big Dawgs Coach Whitney Reese Discusses How To See And Fix Movement In Fitness

Sep 05

Whitney Reese sat down with me today to break down movement. Movement is near and dear to all fitness athletes because they want to move faster, for longer, with less chance of risk - injury.  Move...

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What Does Good Mean In CrossFit? Brian Foley And Jim Crowell Discuss

Aug 24

Jim Crowell and Brian Foley sat down to discuss what GOOD means in CrossFit. So many people say that a CrossFitter is "good" but there aren't any qualifiers to that term. Jim asked Brian to qualify what Good means, so Brian discussed data - specific numbers good CrossFitters need to hit, mindset, history, and what good CrossFitters do outside of the gym! Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Brian Foley and Jim Crowell Discuss The 2019 CrossFit Games

Aug 12

Jim Crowell and Brian Foley discussed some of the broad things that Brian enjoyed, noticed, and was surprised by in the 2019 CrossFit Games. Brian discussed what Mat Fraser has that other athletes do not. Brian also spoke about how athletes can take what they've learned and organize their training to create a successful upcoming season.

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Coach Chat - Mike McElroy Discusses Building Confidence In Fitness And Life

Jul 26

Jim Crowell and Mike McElroy dug into how athletes can build stronger confidence in themselves at all levels of their fitness. From a young kid through his years playing golf, to his time on the floor as a multi-year CrossFit Games Regional Athlete, to now moving into the triathlon world, Mike has learned what he and his athletes need in order to progress through the numerous ups and downs that life throws at them. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Henry Torano Discusses The Need For Truth And Discipline In Fitness

Jul 25

Henry Torano is a man of his word. When Henry tells you something, you can trust it because he's a straight shooter. He takes that disciplined truth into all aspects of his life. From a high-level football player to CrossFitter to Triathlete, Henry has felt all of the same things that his clients and athletes feel in their training, so he's able to communicate with them honestly so that they have the best foundation with which to progress from. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Sean McGovern Discusses How Genetics, Environment, and Psychology Lead To Fitness Success

Jul 24

Jim Crowell and Sean McGovern discuss how Sean helps his clients build the right environmental support systems, psychology, and consistency in order to optimize their human performance in and out of the gym. We delve into what lead Sean to being fascinated by the other 14 hours outside of sleeping and training and why he focuses so much on that time along with training with his clients.

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Coach Chat - Mizar Fuentes Ortega Discusses How Mindset Controls Your Fitness

Jul 24

Jim Crowell and Mizar Fuentes Ortega discuss so much about how mindset ultimately leads athletes to either reaching or failing to reach their fitness goals. Mizar discusses how his athletes effectively align their lifestyle to their training so that they give themselves the best opportunities to succeed in their own fitness. We also discuss Mizar's background with high level gymnastics, CrossFit, and then Jiu Jitsu and how each of those experiences have lead him to an even stronger conviction that what happens between the ears is what makes or breaks his athletes. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Whitney Reese Discusses Winning For The Long-Run

Jul 18

Whitney Reese and Jim Crowell discuss how her long history in numerous sports, soccer being the leader, her storied academic and Physical Therapy career, her CrossFit Games experience, and her exploration into her own priorities have lead her to her coaching style that is built off of individual support for all of her clients. In this article, you'll really get a great insight into what drives Whitney and how smart she really is. Thankfully, she slowed things down to keep Jim on board! Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Michael Bann Discusses How To Build Human Resiliency

Jul 18

Jim Crowell spent a quick 20 minutes with Big Dawgs Coach Michael Bann going down the rabbit hole in a plethora of different topics surrounding physiology, resiliency, and training/mentoring tactical athletes. Throughout the show, they discuss how Michael differentiates how he helps his clients versus other online coaches' styles via his in-depth assessment of physiology and movement. He details what his definition of "resiliency" is and how he aims to increase this in his clients.

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Coach Chat - Sam Smith Discusses How To Help CrossFit Games Athletes Win

Jul 16

Jim Crowell and Sam Smith talk about what Sam is doing with his 3 CrossFit Games athletes leading into the Games, and we dig into the habits that every athlete can put into place in order to make yours of progress to reach their fitness and competitive goals. From there, we discuss how Sam's high-level golf career helped him develop many of his lifestyle and coaching cues for his athletes. We then discussed how Sam helps his athletes focus on what they can control as opposed to worrying about what the rest of the field is doing. Sam finishes out the conversation by discussing his interest in continuing to explore the limits of human potential within multiple buckets of fitness. Enjoy!

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Coach Chat - Will Trujillo Explains The Full Fitness Athlete Continuum

Jul 16

Big Dawgs Coach, Will Trujillo, discusses how he helps his fitness athletes improve throughout their entire fitness lifecycle whether they are just beginning a 10 year progression or whether they are finishes their fitness career in favor of their next goals in life. They discuss how Will's background in football, high level CrossFit Games competition, physical therapy, and coaching athletes such as Tommy Vinas - Tommy V - have helped him progress all of his clients and athletes forward more successfully.

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Coach Chat - Brian Foley Discusses How To Approach The Games With An Elimination Event 1

Jul 12

Jim Crowell and Brian Foley discuss how Brian helps his athletes make perpetual progress while always enjoying their fitness experience, and they also discuss how Brian would help his athletes approach the CrossFit Games knowing that they be eliminated after event 1 for the first time in the Games' history.

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