What’s up? How’s your Monday going? If you’re a parent, are you ready for your kid to go back to school yet? The gym was like a daycare this morning because everyone was bringing their kids in. But you know what? That’s what I love about our gym. There really are kids running around everywhere. (I mean, they’re safe and all. They’re not like on the floor with all the heavy weights). But I love that people feel like they can bring their kids to the gym. I don’t have any of my own kids, but I hope that when we do, they will get to love the gym like we do. I think it’s great for kids to see their mom and dad working out. AND we have all kinds of mats, pool noodles, balls, and other random stuff lying around, so the kids have fun too. So, props to all you parents out there still getting your workout in WHILE your kids are out of school. Because no excuses. 

That was totally not even what I was going to talk about today, but it just came out. 

Today is the 7th Day of Christmas. People ask me from time to time what I’m reading or what podcasts I listen to. And by that, I mean maybe 7 people at most recently (so, not a lot). BUT there are some great fitness/food/lifestyle resources out there that you may not know about. So, I wanted to share with you some great things I’ve read recently about the above subjects. 

See, for me….”the smarts” don’t come naturally. And I’m ok with that. I just have to work a little extra harder to comprehend sometimes. But I eventually get it. A year ago, I REALLY realized that I was passionate about fitness, food, goal setting, and just trying to help people have a better life – whatever that looks like for them. But I had no idea what I was doing, despite being a workout fanatic ( I can’t really remember a time where I wasn’t a member of a gym or playing at least one sport competitively). I even went into college my freshman year with a declared major of Exercise Science, but after I got a C in Bio, I realized maybe all that body science wasn’t going to get me through college, so I went with psychology and eventually graduated with a BS in sociology. Great.

So, I had to figure it out. I remember going to get my L1 a year ago (the CrossFit Level 1 Cert). It was one of the best weekends of my life. It showed me that I WANTED to be a coach. And most importantly, it revealed that I had a loooonnnnnnngggg way to go to be even a decent coach. But I loved it so much, so I started reading whatever I could find in the CrossFit Journal, or I would YouTube the foundational movements so I could watch other people do them, over and over again. 

I’ve come a long way, BUT I’m definitely not where I want to be when it comes to being a coach, or even just helping someone figure out what is best for them to eat. So, I listen to podcasts A LOT. I read the CrossFit Journal a good bit (but should probably read it more), I ask questions from people who are smarter than me (thanks Nick, Colin, and Kelly for always putting up with my questions), and I just figure it out. 

So, with that, here is what I’ve read recently, as well as what podcasts I’m subscribed to. Maybe it will help you too!

This is also me asking you what you are reading or listening to about coaching, leadership, being an athlete, etc. I need all the help I can get, so send it my way!

Thanks. Love y’all. Kick butt this week! Don’t drink too much eggnog or eat too many cookies or oreo balls. If you know, you know. AND REMEMBER TO KEEP WORKOUT – even if it’s just 10 minutes. It will help you destress. 

I’ll have another workout up tomorrow!




Fitness/Health/Lifestyle Podcasts I’m subscribed to: 

Pursuing Health with Julie Foucher – all things functional medicine, CrossFit, and nutrition. She interviews influential and inspiring people, and she’s one of my favorite athletes for a lot of different reasons, but one is because of this podcast and her desire to influence others. 

PaleOMG Uncensored -OMG THISSSSS! This is really just PaleOMG girl Julie (who we all love) talking about whatever comes to her mind – literally. And I love her for that. But she’s had great episodes about nutrition (paleo, portion sizes, macros, alcohol, etc) as well as over exercising, supplements, and other random stuff. Her episode from last week about Confidence was great too. 

IconAthlete with Chris Spealler – Interviews with CrossFit coaches and/or athletes

Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron – If you want to become a better coach, or just person in general, this is great! It’s pretty new, so there are only 4 episodes right now, I think. It can be applied to outside of the gym as well, in whatever it is you do with your life. Great leadership podcast. 

disruptiveCast Podcast – local podcast out of Greenville. My friend, Kevin is a part of it, and I just found out about it recently, so I subscribed to it the other day. I’ve only listened to a couple, BUT there’s this great episode with Lindy Barber from not too long ago where she talks about battling injury and how cool it is to compete on a team. 

Other Great Podcast Episodes:

These are random podcasts that I don’t think I’m subscribed to, but I’ve listened to them over the past several months, and they’re great!

Brute Strength Podcast – How the Fittest Woman on Earth Thinks, Trains, and Thrives with Katrin Davidsdottir 

Brute Strength Podcast – Champions are Built in the Mind First with Ben Bergeron

Brute Strength Podcast – The Body Achieves what the Mind Believes with Justin Su’a (this guy is the sports psychologist for the Boston RedSox).

Brute Strength Podcast – Rituals, Imagery, Self Discovery, and More with Jessica Lucero

The 4th Pull Podcast – Ep 52: An Underdog Story Full of Grit and Determination with Jamie Hagiya – Her story and her drive is great – as an athlete and a coach. She tore her achilles tendon a week after I did, so I followed her recovery, she always wrote me back, and I’ve been a big fan ever since then. 

Barbell Shrugged – 5 Key Habits Christmas Abbott Wants You to Form

Barbell Shrugged- How to Increase your Aerobic Capacity with Chris Hinshaw

Barbell Shrugged – Anaerobic Training for Crossfit: How to Nut Up and Ride the Pain Train

The Expansion Project with Fat Tony – Ep. 28 Katrin Davidsdottir Interview



These are blogs or websites that I look at ALL THE TIME.


CrossFit Journal – You can sign up for free. There are TONS of resources here from everything having to do with being a better coach, to movements/points of performance, to nutrition, anatomy, news, videos, etc. 

 exercise demos

-training guide– Because you can download and read the entire L1 Training Guide here, so even if you just want to get better at your own movements, check it out. 

PowerAthlete – Their blog is pretty great- especially in just improving all around movement, along with a little about nutrition

PaleOMG – great blog about all things food, fitness, lifestyle, fashion, etc. Her recipes have been some of our GO TO favorites over the past 4 years. She’s hilarious. 


These are books pertaining to leadership, coaching, or trying to be a better athlete – or just human in general that I’ve read over the past several months.

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success – Building Blocks for a Better Life by John Wooden & Jay Carty

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon – (I actually first read this a couple years ago, but recently reread it. It’s really short and really engaging. You can read it in one sitting).

How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life by Dr. Bob Rotella

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

(I would love to read more leadership books. If you’ve got some, chances are I probably read it a long time ago. But send them anyway, because I should probably read them again).