Linchpin Conversations is a podcast covering health, fitness, personal development and random musings regarding life.
Is CrossFit Dying?
Switching around the schedule. | More Linchpin Challenges? | Dumbbells + Heavy Days. | Testing workouts. | Touch-n-Go vs Quick Singles. | Rope climbs substitutions. | Should I buy a rack or rower? | Is CrossFit dying? | Dog training. | btwb fitness levels.
04/12/2023 • 34 minutes 12 seconds
Tips & Tricks to Train Consistently.
Real world, actionable, honest ways to keep working out when you don't feel like it.
01/12/2023 • 18 minutes 17 seconds
1-week post-op Total Hip Replacement.
Update: 1-week post-op Total Hip Replacement. | Linchpin Test 14. | Free E-book on programming.
24/11/2023 • 24 minutes 24 seconds
I'm getting a total hip replacement.
Well, here's what happened...
17/11/2023 • 19 minutes 45 seconds
People taking injections to lose weight.
People taking injections for weight loss. | Questions about squat racks & pull-up bars. | Linear back squat programs. | When to wear a weight belt. | Mental health & fitness. | Working out when sick. | And much more!
13/11/2023 • 44 minutes 17 seconds
How to modify/scale workouts.
Real examples of how I scaled/modified 3 recent workouts. The workouts discussed happened on Nov 1st, 6th & 7th. Never feel obligated to perform a movement or loading just because it is “Rx’d”. Remove ego & embrace scaling. Make smart decisions that will allow you to train pain free forever.
10/11/2023 • 14 minutes 3 seconds
When are you too old to make gains?
When are you too old to make gains? | How to workout at Planet Fitness. | What if Kipping hurts my shoulder? | Why push press more than you can press? | Does the order of the workouts matter? And MUCH more…
06/11/2023 • 45 minutes 53 seconds
2023 Rogue Invitational Recap
Highlights from my experience & interactions at the 2023 Rogue Invitational with the fittest & strongest people on the planet.
03/11/2023 • 29 minutes 41 seconds
Minimalist Strength & Conditioning...explained.
You do NOT need a lot of space or equipment to become VERY strong & fit. We discuss the minimum dose required to obtain the maximum result.
01/11/2023 • 22 minutes 10 seconds
Games athletes drinking soda & eating candy bars.
See you at the Rogue Invitational. | Linchpin + doing a sport. | Can you out-train a bad diet? | Do Games athletes eat candy bars? | Fitness was a new parent. | How to prep for a Military ruck event.
23/10/2023 • 34 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin - explained in plain English.
Share this with friends & family that need to hear a simple, straightforward discussion on what we do for fitness, how it works & why it makes sense. Telling people we do “constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity” usually causes confusion. This discussion should solve that problem.
20/10/2023 • 24 minutes 50 seconds
Thoughts on Dr Andrew Huberman’s training ideas.
Dr Andrew Huberman’s training ideas. | Revisiting goal times. | Fitness at 80 years old. | Improve your front rack. | When to do accessory work. | And much more…
16/10/2023 • 36 minutes 59 seconds
High Intensity every day is NOT the way.
You should modulate the intensity of your training days. High intensity every day is not optimal for most people. Low intensity days & moderate intensity days have tremendous value. Intentionally & deliberately training at low & moderate levels allows athletes to fully express high intensity when they choose to. We explain how to make this happen during your training sessions.
13/10/2023 • 20 minutes 37 seconds
How many pull-ups = 1 rope climb?
How many pull-ups = a rope climb? | Heavy day rep schemes. | Sleds & ski ergs. | Fitness trackers & heart rate. | Should someone 55+ workout less? | Rower vs Air Bike.
10/10/2023 • 38 minutes 10 seconds
Experts are dumb.
A television news program posted on their evening show a list of 4 exercises that they stated are “Bad exercises for people 50 & older”. The 4 exercises were…Pull-ups, Push-ups, Squatting with weights & Deadlifts. The world is in serious trouble if we listen to these “experts”.
06/10/2023 • 18 minutes 38 seconds
Can Women beat Men in competition?
The Rogue Invitational. | Women beating men in competition. | Slam balls. | Reducing soreness. | Group training vs Solo. | What coach influenced me? | The gymnastics pullover.
02/10/2023 • 35 minutes 57 seconds
Linchpin is NOT "classic CrossFit".
Let me explain...
29/09/2023 • 21 minutes 11 seconds
What to do if you see bad programming.
Thoughts on CF Games going to Texas. | If you see bad programming, should you say something? | Training de-conditioned & overweight athletes. | Defining health. | How to use rest periods effectively in training. | Are knee push-ups bad?
25/09/2023 • 33 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Test 13 - Survivor Stories
Doing hard things is good for you physically AND mentally. Linchpin Test 13 is very hard & people from all around the world stepped up to the challenge. These are some of their stories of obstacles they overcame.
22/09/2023 • 15 minutes 35 seconds
Do you really NEED to warm-up?
No warm-up…is this ok? | Stride length vs cadence for running. | Origins of Linchpin. | Is anyone ever at 100%? | Proper grip for deadlifts. | Handstand walks. | Why do we snatch?
18/09/2023 • 34 minutes 53 seconds
How to grow a strong community at your gym.
Rod & Diane Coachman own CrossFit 1209 in Augusta, GA. They opened during the global pandemic & have been growing an incredible community ever since. Their gym follows the Linchpin Private track for Gym Owners. We discuss the evolution of their gym, how to have a strong community & if certain races/ethnicities are lacking in CrossFit.
15/09/2023 • 32 minutes 28 seconds
Lift less & get stronger...how?
Get better at snatching & ring dips without doing them. | Improving endurance. | Programming multiple part workouts. | Linchpin vs VNR. | How are Goal times created? | Should you workout when tired? | And much more…
11/09/2023 • 36 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin takes part in a scientific research study.
Justin Carter, PH.D. is a professor at the University of North Alabama & a member of the Linchpin Private Track. His area of expertise is understanding the psychological factors that influence an individual’s performance in different areas of life. He has created a study & is looking for volunteers from Linchpin to participate.
Every workout has a purpose & was intentionally designed to achieve a specific training need. This video covers the workouts from August 21-26, 2023 & dives into "why" they were programmed.
01/09/2023 • 25 minutes 40 seconds
How often should you Squat?
How many times a week should you squat? | My rules for physical & mental health. | Intermittent fasting. | How many burpees equal a 400m run? | Practicing skills.
28/08/2023 • 41 minutes 15 seconds
Questions & concerns from a real email.
A woman emailed me several questions & concerns she had about joining Linchpin. I believe the topics she raised are applicable to many people & therefore I decided to share my responses here for everyone.
25/08/2023 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
Rotational movements...necessary or not?
Should we train rotational movements? | Can you maximize fitness doing bodyweight movements? | Bulgarian split squats vs lunges. | Working with Chris Hinshaw. | Goal times. | I only do strict movements, is that ok?
21/08/2023 • 36 minutes 36 seconds
A deep dive into programming. Part 2.
Every workout has a purpose & was intentionally designed to achieve a specific training need. This video covers the workouts from August 7-12, 2023 & dives into "why" they were programmed.
18/08/2023 • 31 minutes 51 seconds
Fitness Trackers, Heavy Days & more.
My favorite part of the 2023 CF Games. | Fitness Trackers...necessary or not? | When to use sleds & prowlers. | Heavy Days at a high heart rate. | Training Days vs Testing Days.
14/08/2023 • 43 minutes 24 seconds
How to get kicked out of 24 Hour Fitness.
Phil T. has been working out his entire life & has been doing CrossFit since 2007. His first workout was "Linda" & he puked. His local gym shut down during the pandemic & that's how he found Linchpin. He shares his story & lessons learned during this interview.
11/08/2023 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
What's my favorite Games event?
What's my favorite Games event? | Details on the 1.5 Mile Run program with Chris Hinshaw. | How to let people know CF is for anyone. | How to modify workouts when short on time. | Wrapping your thumbs around the pull-up bar. | If you can only do 3 workouts a week, which should you do?
07/08/2023 • 31 minutes 38 seconds
What do Linchpin members do for a living?
Our community has doctors, lawyers, first responders, stay-at-home moms & dads, teachers, physical therapists, software engineers, farmers & everything else you could think of. Here is a discussion of what people do.
04/08/2023 • 17 minutes 57 seconds
Training in a Gym vs At-Home.
How do you know if you're really pushing yourself in a workout? | Training in a Gym vs At-Home. | Should "intensity" drive decisions to scale workouts? | "Want vs Need" regarding training volume. | My conditioning needs work, what should I do?
31/07/2023 • 38 minutes 14 seconds
"Can you be too strong?"
Can you be too strong? A discussion about a polarizing topic.
28/07/2023 • 16 minutes 39 seconds
Don't Quit & Stay Healthy = Winning!
The best coaching cue I ever got. | Do I prefer competition or wellness? | Strategies for Deadlift day. | I will never be good at gymnastics...help me! | How to use the VNR cycles. | Deload weeks. | Is there a point where you're "strong enough"?
24/07/2023 • 37 minutes 56 seconds
A bad back, a bad arthritis & a good attitude.
Ben M. is a husband, a father & a Linchpin member. He has had a bad back most of his life & fitness has helped alleviate some of his symptoms. He also had a serious knee injury many years ago that causes him to scale & modify workouts. He has found a great path of making long term decisions to improve his health & fitness. This is his story.
21/07/2023 • 30 minutes 43 seconds
A deep dive into programming.
A deep dive into programming. | Why do people hate running? | Are dumbbells enough for fitness? | Subbing jump rope for running. | How to stay fit as a new parent.
17/07/2023 • 40 minutes 6 seconds
Staying fit with a 12 week old baby.
Michael is a husband, a father of two children & a Linchpin member. When his first child was born 2 years ago he stopped working out. When his 2nd child was born he found a way to make fitness happen during this very hectic period of life. This is his story.
14/07/2023 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
As people get fitter do I make the workouts harder?
As people get fitter do I make the workouts harder? | How important are goal times & intensity levels? | Working out in heat & humidity. | A replacement for GHD sit-ups. | Training vs Testing. | Smoothies. | Doing your own workouts from time to time.
10/07/2023 • 46 minutes 28 seconds
Progressive Overload & Social Media influencers.
Progressive Overload & Social Media influencers. | Miss a workout or make it up? | Make it to the Games on 1 workout a day? | V-ups, T2B, K2E, GHD sit-ups, etc. | Zone 2 training. | Fitness with a new baby. | Protein sources. | How to avoid being super sore.
03/07/2023 • 47 minutes 38 seconds
Soccer, Competitor Training & Injuries.
Paul S. is a husband, a father, a businessman & Linchpin member in Amsterdam. He played football all his life & that lead him to CrossFit. He followed competition programming for a while until it started causing him injuries. During the lockdown he found Linchpin & has never looked back. This is his story.
30/06/2023 • 31 minutes 48 seconds
Marathons, overtraining & finding a better way.
Geoff G. is a husband, a father & a Linchpin member. He came from a serious running background & his best marathon time was 3 hours & 7 minutes. He fell into the "more is better" trap of doing too much volume & weight. Then he found Linchpin & started making better decisions with his training. This is his story.
23/06/2023 • 29 minutes 34 seconds
Do you need PR's to be fit?
Swapping workout days & sore legs. | Healthy vs unhealthy competition with others. | New running program update. | Strict vs kipping pull-ups. | Improving HSPU's. | Do you need to PR workouts to be fit?
19/06/2023 • 44 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations "Greatest Hits", Part 4.
Linchpin Conversations "Greatest Hits", Part 4. This episode covers our most popular episodes between shows 151 through 200. Enjoy!
16/06/2023 • 22 minutes 4 seconds
Are high level CF athletes healthy?
Should we do a Spartan Race? | How to know if you are pushing yourself too far? | What does fitness look like for older people? | What to do if you do not like a gym's programming. | SDLHP vs power clean. | Best grip style for deadlifts. | Are high level CF athletes healthy? | How to do a % based workout of you don't know your 1RM.
12/06/2023 • 41 minutes 27 seconds
Alcohol, Cigarettes, & 60 lbs Overweight.
Nathan G is an elementary school teacher who realized in his early 20's that his health was heading in a terrible direction. He was drinking too much, smoking cigarettes, eating poorly & leading a sedentary life. He completely turned his life around & shares his story in this interview.
09/06/2023 • 28 minutes 14 seconds
HELP! My doctor told me not to lift heavy.
Linchpin competitive athlete program. | When is best to do accessory work? | Should gyms offer CF, Oly, Yoga, Bootcamp, etc? | My doctor told me not to lift heavy, what should I do? | Help! I'm a tall athlete! | Is warming up important? | Using a heavy jump rope. | Running hills. | Improving pull-ups. | Training for a half marathon.
05/06/2023 • 38 minutes 36 seconds
From hating CrossFit to loving it...
Cindy M.has been doing CF since 2015, but she did not always love it. In 2020 she joined the Linchpin private track. She & her husband have built an incredible home gym. She taught herself double-unders & pistols. This is her story.
02/06/2023 • 18 minutes 34 seconds
Heavy Lift + Metcon = Mediocre Results.
The class structure of lift heavy + metcon = mediocre results. | Kids, sports & burn out. | Fran as rx'd at 70 years old! | Shoulder issues & the overhead squat. | Linchpin. = truth in fitness. | How to train kids.
29/05/2023 • 39 minutes 25 seconds
Motorcycles, Oly Comps & Shoulder Surgery.
Eddy L. is a husband, a father, a motorcycle enthusiast & a Linchpin member. He has worked through serious shoulder injuries caused by weightlifting & explored ways to improve his mind-body relationship. Here is his story.
26/05/2023 • 38 minutes 10 seconds
When does fitness decline? Deload weeks & more.
What is Linchpin's secret? | How are the goal times determined? | Interests outside of fitness? | Touch-n-go vs quick singles. | When does fitness decline? | Getting kids to work out. | Deload weeks.
22/05/2023 • 47 minutes 58 seconds
A 425 lb Back Squat increases to 565 lbs!
Tanner B. is a husband, a father, a USAF helicopter pilot. He is also strong! He can deadlift 550 pounds for a double & his back squat went from 425 lb to 565 lbs with Linchpin. This is his story.
19/05/2023 • 25 minutes 20 seconds
Get better at running without running?
Intensity & learning movements. | Minimalist shoes & working out. | Sumo Deadlift High Pulls. | Never want to do HSPU or HSW? | Choosing the right accessory work. | Can you get better at running without running?
15/05/2023 • 32 minutes 16 seconds
Navy wife & mother of 3 kids makes fitness happen!
Linchpin member interview with Jen F. She is a Navy wife, a mother of 3, a coach & much more. She & her family are stationed in Japan. She shares her story & journey with me during this episode.
12/05/2023 • 21 minutes 3 seconds
The most valid criticism of CrossFit I've heard is...
What is the most valid criticism of CrossFit I've heard? | Ways to improve running. | Who do I want to interview? | Does CrossFit prepare you to play a sport?
08/05/2023 • 32 minutes 56 seconds
Homeschooling 3 kids & staying fit - Laura B. interview
Laura & her husband both follow Linchpin. She has 3 kids that she homeschools & that does not leave her with a lot of free time. Previously, she had a bad experience at a CF gym & thought the transition to working out at home would be difficult, but the Linchpin community has made it easy for her. She shares her story in this interview.
05/05/2023 • 23 minutes 14 seconds
Rate of Perceived Exertion & more.
Dealing with tennis elbow. | Origins of the Linchpin name. | 2023 Rogue Invitational. | Hand care. | Rate of perceived exertion. | Repeats vs new workouts. | Nutritional supplements. | What if you miss a couple of workouts?
01/05/2023 • 35 minutes 39 seconds
50 Echo bike calories in 32 seconds!
Chris A. is a Linchpin member who is 6'6" tall, weighs 260 pounds & punishes the Rogue Echo bike. The knocked out 50 calories on the bike in 32 seconds! He is a former elite level triathlete that had his sites set on the 2016 Olympic Team. This is his story.
28/04/2023 • 25 minutes 58 seconds
Box Jumps vs Step-ups vs Broad Jumps.
Box Jumps vs Step-ups vs Broad Jumps. | Do I log all my workouts on btwb? | My favorite ice cream & donut flavor. | Heart rate variability. | A brief chat on nutrition.
24/04/2023 • 29 minutes 33 seconds
Linchpin member interview with Darryl H.
Darryl is a Linchpin member & the principal of a school in Singapore. He joined Linchpin in 2018. This is his story.
21/04/2023 • 30 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin & fighting cancer.
Through a chance encounter I was fortunate to meet Randy in Whistler, Canada on a family vacation. Randy is 35 years old & says following Linchpin helped prepare him physically for the 900 hours of chemotherapy he underwent last year. Since then, following the scaled daily workouts have gotten him to the point where he could go snowboarding for the first time in a very long while.
14/04/2023 • 10 minutes 31 seconds
Turning 40, Master Athletes & loading.
Should you sit during rest periods? | Ring row progressions. | Improving gymnastics. | Turning 40 years old. | Master athletes & loading.
10/04/2023 • 43 minutes 8 seconds
Linchpin member interview - Olivia B.
Olivia has been following Linchpin since 2015 & joined the private track in March of 2018. She lives in Alaska with her husband & her two kids. She talks about pregnancy, why scaling is cool & the wonders of community.
07/04/2023 • 28 minutes 6 seconds
Are sit-ups bad for your back?
Forward lunges vs Reverse lunges, which are better? | Being 300 pounds & beginning to work out again. | Are sit-ups bad for your back? | Best cardio equipment. | Are warm-ups necessary?
03/04/2023 • 41 minutes 41 seconds
Struggling with pull-ups? Try this!
A member of the Linchpin community can do 5-6 strict pull-ups, but does not know how to kip. What should he do during a 21-15-9 workout to improve his fitness, modify the workout & still preserve the intended stimulus?
30/03/2023 • 21 minutes 23 seconds
Ice Baths & Getting Strong.
Emily Sherwood joins me to discuss L-sit modifications, Bedtime routines, Ice baths, Games athlete programming & how to get Strong.
27/03/2023 • 38 minutes 49 seconds
Should you lift heavy on tired legs?
Is there a benefit to lifting heavy on tired legs or is it smarter to rest & hit the lifting on a day when you feel 100% rested?
24/03/2023 • 20 minutes 6 seconds
Is the CF Open a "Pass or Fail" test?
Individual vs Affiliate programming. | Is the CF Open a "pass or fail" test?
23/03/2023 • 28 minutes 58 seconds
The Deadlift vs the Squat!
The Deadlift vs the Squat! If you could only do one movement for the rest of your life, which would you pick & why?
17/03/2023 • 13 minutes 50 seconds
Bo Jackson, Egyptian pyramids & 100 mile races.
Dropping in to gyms when traveling. | Bo Jackson, Micheal Jordan & 100 mile races. | The Egyptian Pyramids. | Tips for working out at 5:15am.
13/03/2023 • 30 minutes 23 seconds
Single mothers are superheroes!
Our community is full of single moms, working mothers & countless other women whose lives are hectic. but they still find a way to make fitness a priority.
10/03/2023 • 14 minutes 19 seconds
Rebounding Box Jumps...yes or no?
Interviewing Linchpin members. | Bear hug holds. | Working on weaknesses. | Rebounding box jumps. | Working around aches & pains.
06/03/2023 • 29 minutes 47 seconds
In programming, brevity is beauty.
"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." This quote by Blaise Pascal is one of my favorites. It is a guiding principle behind my personal philosophy on how to program beautiful & effective workouts.
03/03/2023 • 18 minutes 28 seconds
Improve your technique alone in your garage.
The purpose of the Linchpin Tests. | Choosing the right loading. | Improving movement as a garage athlete. | Books everyone should read.
27/02/2023 • 30 minutes 46 seconds
Lift less frequently & get stronger.
Experienced athletes lifting less frequently & getting new PR's. We share real success stories.
24/02/2023 • 14 minutes 19 seconds
Emily Sherwood answers your questions!
Dealing with mom guilt. | Winning the 2014 NW Regionals. | Favorite movement & workout. | Working out during & after pregnancy. | The glide kip. | Do we workout together or separately?
19/02/2023 • 41 minutes 29 seconds
How many treats is too many?
How many "indulgences or treats" does it take to derail your nutrition?
17/02/2023 • 18 minutes 17 seconds
My Top 10 grocery store items.
Info about affiliating your garage. | Top 10 grocery store items. | The bench press. | Experimenting with workout schedules. | Linchpin Test 6 challenge.
13/02/2023 • 28 minutes 46 seconds
Live to train another day.
Being consistent with your training, due to making smart decisions, is far more important than being a hero on any one workout.
10/02/2023 • 14 minutes 42 seconds
Qualifying as a masters athlete, low intensity & more.
Qualifying for the CF Games as a master athlete. | Various coaching styles | Low intensity training days. | Crossover Symmetry. | Attending a CF L1 seminar.
06/02/2023 • 35 minutes 13 seconds
CrossFit & burn out...how to avoid it.
Tips & tricks to avoid burn out in CrossFit.
03/02/2023 • 19 minutes 2 seconds
Chronic Pain, Navy SEALs & Intensity.
Living with chronic pain. | Is 100% intensity needed for results? | Lessons learned from the SEALs.
30/01/2023 • 42 minutes 42 seconds
How to improve your 1RM back squat.
Lifting heavy once a week makes people STRONG. Need proof? Listen to real back squat stories from members of the worldwide Linchpin community. Respect the heavy days & good things happen.
27/01/2023 • 20 minutes 20 seconds
Zone 2 Training.
Zone 2 Training. | Lifting heavy every day...good or bad?| Heavy Day programming frequency.
23/01/2023 • 45 minutes 28 seconds
Delta Force - how to physically prepare.
A member of the Linchpin community is going to the selection process for Delta Force. I reached out to a friend who was at that unit for many years for insight, advice & guidance regarding physical preparation.
20/01/2023 • 16 minutes 34 seconds
The funniest thing I ever saw in the gym...
Funniest thing I saw in a gym. | CF Games vs Real Life. | Other podcasts I recommend. | Will I grow a beard? | Fear of going heavy after an injury. | What if snatching hurts? | Linchpin Test 5 Challenge.
16/01/2023 • 45 minutes 20 seconds
Programming vs Community.
Programming vs Community. Linchpin is not just fun & effective workouts, it is a real community in the truest sense of the word. If you want to maximize your potential, make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who support you & care about you.
13/01/2023 • 14 minutes 53 seconds
Garage Gyms, Nutrition & Running a Marathon.
Benefits of Garage Gym life. | Importance of nutrition. | Linchpin for gym owners. | Convincing people to get fit. | Doing a marathon. | Treadmills vs Air Runners.
09/01/2023 • 39 minutes 19 seconds
You already failed at your 2023 New Year's resolutions? Me too!
Who cares! I already messed one up as well. Life goes on. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off & move forward.
06/01/2023 • 18 minutes 46 seconds
Kettlebells vs dumbbells.
1. Purpose of the hook grip. 2. A typical day of eating. 3. Kettlebells vs dumbbells. 4. Sport specific training. 5. Non-motorized air runners. 6. How to intro a new person to Linchpin. 7. Logging workouts. 8. Linchpin Test 5 is the January challenge.
02/01/2023 • 34 minutes 59 seconds
I didn't eat sugar for 30 days. Here's what happened...
Thoughts, feelings, reflections & observations from this experience, as well as what is my plan moving forward.
30/12/2022 • 18 minutes 24 seconds
Tomfoolery, pull-ups & 2023 goals.
Tomfoolery & shenanigans. Creating an online community. Goals for 2023. Working out no matter what. Pull-up progression & more.
26/12/2022 • 36 minutes 54 seconds
Real people with busy lives making it happen!
Motivation Stories from real people. We share some stories from membres of the Linchpin community around the world. We celebrate their success & draw motivation from their dedication to long term health & fitness. Life gets busy & they still find time to make fitness happen!
23/12/2022 • 18 minutes 16 seconds
"Open Prep" is silly.
A discussion on how the 2023 CF Open workouts will be included in the CF Linchpin programming, as well as why "Open prep" is nothing but clever marketing.
16/12/2022 • 18 minutes 30 seconds
No Cooldown, No Stretching...is this bad?
Is never cooling down & stretching bad? Can a computer program great workouts? Should you pace the early rounds of a "death by" workout? When are you not doing enough? Linchpin Test 4 is the December 2022 Challenge.
13/12/2022 • 35 minutes 15 seconds
"This sucks & I hate it."
This sucks & I hate it...this is what filled my head before today's workout. I was in a very negative mindset & needed to change my attitude. Then I remembered a phrase from way back in my military days, "Everybody wants to be a Frogman on Friday". This phrase snapped me out of my negativity & got me back on track. This phrase is explained in this episode & much more.
09/12/2022 • 21 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #319
What do I miss about my training days before I found CrossFit? Fitness/Sleep/Recovery trackers. What is a "short & sharp" workout & how to modify it. Daily fitness for desk jockeys. Linchpin Test 4 is the December 2022 challenge.
05/12/2022 • 40 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #318
Do less. Do it better. Get stronger & fitter. One workout a day is all most people need & can handle. Everyone needs to hear this message.
02/12/2022 • 18 minutes 8 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #317
In what order should skills & movements be learned? A skill/movement development path for beginners to follow & progress is presented.
26/11/2022 • 14 minutes 55 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #316
1. Working out while sick. 2. Winter is coming. 3. Gaining weight. 4. Accessory work. 5. Aerobic capacity. 6. Daily habits for success. 7. November challenge - Linchpin Test 3
21/11/2022 • 49 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #315
Real people share real life stories. None of these people are sponsored, professional athletes. They are people like you & me. They have busy jobs, minimal free time, lots of stress, kids, tons of responsibilities & yet they still find time to make fitness happen!
18/11/2022 • 14 minutes 46 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #314
Regrettable workouts. Is swapping days a bad thing? General scaling questions. Helping a 63 year old with chronic pain. Football + CrossFit. New running program. November challenge: Linchpin Test 3
15/11/2022 • 40 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #313
Can sub-maximal efforts of lifting & sprinting sustain and/or increase fitness?
11/11/2022 • 25 minutes 47 seconds
Elite Athletes, deficiencies & more.
1. Favorite moments from the Rogue Invitational. 2. Elite athletes & deficiencies. 3. My 90th % workout on btwb. 4. Learning to program workouts. 5. Prioritizing the 10 General Physical Skills as people get older. 6. The November challenge: Linchpin Test 3.
07/11/2022 • 36 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #311
If you cannot front rack a barbell & you truly think your positioning will never improve, what should you do to keep working out?
01/11/2022 • 14 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #310
Women losing muscle mass as they age. Lifting belts, knee sleeves, etc. Combining CF & your sport. High rep Oly lifting in workouts.
24/10/2022 • 32 minutes 47 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #309
Real people share why they choose fitness. Members of the global Linchpin community share their "why" that keeps them motivated to make long term health & fitness a priority in their life.
21/10/2022 • 14 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #308
What was my best resource to learn about fitness? What is my favorite CF Journal article I wrote? How to scale/modify dumbbell workouts. October Challenge - Linchpin Test 2.
17/10/2022 • 38 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #307
The same workout can be used in various ways simply by increasing or decreasing the intensity you apply. We discuss why this might be useful and provide real world examples.
14/10/2022 • 17 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #306
How did Emily & I meet? How & when to program meters vs calories on machines. How to avoid programming biases. Swimming in workouts. Gymnastics movements with the biggest impact. October challenge is Linchpin Test 2.
10/10/2022 • 47 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #305
HELP! I weigh 317 pounds & I don't know where to begin. Someone reached out asking how they should begin their fitness journey. They feel lost, overwhelmed & lack motivation.
07/10/2022 • 22 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #304
Is a "fitness addiction" a bad thing? The history of the Linchpin Tests. How to convince someone they need to scale a workout. The October Linchpin Test 2 challenge.
03/10/2022 • 37 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #303
I discuss what I observed during a recent family vacation to Disneyland. Food & fitness was quite a challenge on this trip. Also, I give a teaser about the upcoming October challenge, which will be Linchpin Test 2.
30/09/2022 • 26 minutes 57 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #302
If I could only do 1 workout for the rest of my life what would it be? Programming Hero workouts. What is the best way to add Linchpin Test 1 into the training cycle? Lessons learned from running Linchpin. If I wasn't doing this, what would I be doing for a living?
22/09/2022 • 31 minutes 39 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #301
How to do pull-ups with no pull-up bar. How to get back into fitness after falling off the wagon. Linchpin Test 1 challenge, Sept 23-26, 2022.
22/09/2022 • 29 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #300
"Ask Me Anything" 09.15.2022 A discussion about Hero workouts. Self talk during tough workouts. Confidence vs Ego. How to do a Heavy Day when short on time. Linchpin Test 1 challenge. Rogue Invitational meet-up.
19/09/2022 • 44 minutes 57 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #299
Why I don't time my 10 x 100m sprint days. We also share an incredible story of a 65 year old man still doing 100m sprint training.
16/09/2022 • 29 minutes 34 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #298
Most popular & unpopular workouts. Linchpin Garage Gym directory. Benefit of lifting under fatigue & duress. Gymnastics progression. Linchpin Test 1 - Sept challenge. See you at the Rogue Invitational.
12/09/2022 • 43 minutes 24 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #297
Linchpin Conversations "Greatest Hits", Part 3. This covers our most popular episodes between shows 101 through 150. Enjoy!
09/09/2022 • 23 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #296
How to improve your endurance. Strength & capacity metrics for dumbbells. Improving personal areas of deficiency.
05/09/2022 • 42 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #295
What is the point/difference/benefit of doing a 3 x 1 mile run workout versus just going for a 3 mile run?
02/09/2022 • 22 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #294
Thoughts & reflections after the passing of my father. Favorite & least favorite parts of my job. Linchpin meet up at the Rogue Invitational.
29/08/2022 • 39 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #293
Overcoming physical & mental challenges through community. The Linchpin 5k Run Challenge proved to be not only a physical event, but also a huge mental hurdle for some people. In this episode we celebrate the stories & victories of several people who did something they previously thought was not possible.
27/08/2022 • 21 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #292. "Ask Me Anything" 08.18.2022
Ring Muscle-ups if you don't have pull-ups or dips Programming for mental toughness. Affiliates getting back to basics? Possible Linchpin meet-up at the Rogue Invitational!
22/08/2022 • 44 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #292. "Ask Me Anything" 08.18.2022
Ring Muscle-ups if you don't have pull-ups or dips Programming for mental toughness. Affiliates getting back to basics? Possible Linchpin meet-up at the Rogue Invitational!
22/08/2022 • 0
Linchpin Conversations #291
We discuss how someone with a 465 pound back squat scaled "Amanda". Tips & tricks for maintaining fitness as a new parent are also provided.
19/08/2022 • 26 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #290
What were my favorite 2022 CF Games events? Sprinting - how to do it right. Working out with less than ideal form. Announcing the Linchpin 5k Challenge!
15/08/2022 • 52 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #289
Dropping weights in gyms where that is prohibited Split snatch vs squat snatch How to lift less & get stronger. The 1st Linchpin Challenge is announced!
12/08/2022 • 29 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #289
Dropping weights in gyms where that is prohibited Split snatch vs squat snatch How to lift less & get stronger. The 1st Linchpin Challenge is announced!
12/08/2022 • 0
Linchpin Conversations #288
Day One of the CF Games - my thoughts. Linchpin - where did the name come from? Butterfly vs Gymnastics kip - pros & cons. Linchpin Challenges
08/08/2022 • 46 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #287
Where did the 21-15-9 rep scheme come from? What is the backstory of the most infamous rep scheme in all of CrossFit?
05/08/2022 • 14 minutes 39 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #286
If you get a very fast time on a workout should you "scale up" next time? Who is on my programming dream team? How fast could Games athletes do Linchpin Test 13? Which Linchpin Tests would I put in the Games & why? If I could only do one movement for the rest of my life what would it be? News about upcoming Linchpin challenges.
01/08/2022 • 36 minutes 6 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #285
Micheal has a 1RM deadlift of 550 lbs, but lifting heavy causes pain. Recently, heavy deadlift days leave him feeling wrecked to a point that is not healthy or worth it. We discuss some solutions to keep him doing functional movements & living pain free.
29/07/2022 • 21 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #284
A member of the Linchpin community sought advice to help his 65-year old mother's health & fitness. We discuss gear, movements & general concepts.
22/07/2022 • 26 minutes 7 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #283
1. Will we do a "blackout week" of Linchpin programming? 2. Pros & cons of cherrypicking workouts? 3. If I had CF Games champ level capacity for only 1 day what would I do? 4. Working out only 3 days a week. 5. 70% vs 100% intensity. 6. Running on a treadmill. & much more...
19/07/2022 • 40 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #282
Motivational real stories from members of the Linchpin community all around the world. Oh...and some BIG deadlift numbers.
15/07/2022 • 23 minutes 7 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #281
1. How to improve your technique when working out alone. 2. How to stay motivated working out alone. 3. How to make good food choices at sporting events. 4. My fitness training before CrossFit & the SEALs.
11/07/2022 • 49 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #280
With each new chapter or stage of life should you forget about your previous PR's & start a new phase of personal bests?
08/07/2022 • 16 minutes 45 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #279
1. What criteria is needed to include new movements or equipment in Linchpin programming? 2. Excitement for the 2022 CF Games. 3. Objective data on fitness. 4. Extra lifting.
04/07/2022 • 46 minutes 56 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #278
Calorie conversion charts & considerations for running vs Echo bike vs Assault bike vs Concept 2 bike erg, etc.
01/07/2022 • 29 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #277
1. Nancy + Intensity = ? 2. Personal Development 3. How sore is too sore? 4. Advice for a friend looking to lose weight? 5. Great workout to show someone CF.
27/06/2022 • 44 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #276
Ring Muscle-ups & Snatches...why should "normal" people do these movements unless they want to qualify for the Olympics?
24/06/2022 • 0
Linchpin Conversations #275
1. "Deadlifts tax the central nervous system." - what does this mean? 2. Working out while on vacation. 3. Russian vs American kettlebell swings.
20/06/2022 • 37 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #274
1. Rack or no rack? 2. Does going unbroken matter? 3. How to score "The Chief".
17/06/2022 • 28 minutes 28 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #273
1. How has my understanding & implementation of CF evolved over the last 10 years? 2. Time Caps in affiliates. 3. Extra Lifting. 4. Build that engine!
13/06/2022 • 46 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #272
We dissect the week of Linchpin programming from May 30 - June 4, 2022 to help understand why certain things were programmed.
10/06/2022 • 24 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #271
1. Recovery tools. 2. What is CrossFit in simple terms? 3. Nutrition & alcohol 4. EMOM strategy
06/06/2022 • 41 minutes
Linchpin Conversations #270
Here are the average times/rounds/loads for Fran, Helen, Cindy, Murph, DT, Grace, Back Squat, Deadlift, Clean & Jerk, Snatch, Jerry & a 10k run. I bet you are fitter than. you give yourself credit for!
03/06/2022 • 20 minutes 38 seconds
"Ask Me Anything" 05.26.2022
1. How did I get into programming & how has my style evolved? 2. What do I think about athletes not meeting proper range of motion to get a faster time? 3. How can someone over 50 years old measure progress when PR's do not happen as frequently
30/05/2022 • 39 minutes 26 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #268
Often people scale workouts because they are not ready for the loading, the skill level of certain movements or the volume is too much. There are other reasons to scale a workout, even in you CAN do it Rx'd.
27/05/2022 • 17 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #267
1. What if someone only wants to workout at moderate intensity? 2. Discussing the "Linchpin Tests". 3. How do I start programming a new 4-week block?
23/05/2022 • 43 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #266
Professional athletes are great, but they do not inspire me anywhere near as much as regular people with busy lives who still find a way to make fitness a priority. In this episode I share their real life stories.
20/05/2022 • 26 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #265
1. Should a new athlete do extra skill practice & accessory work? 2. Why is what's effective not popular? 3. A description of Linchpin programming for Gym Owners.
16/05/2022 • 39 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #264
How to get a 40-lb PR on your Clean & Jerk without training with a barbell.
13/05/2022 • 20 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #263
1. Goals for Linchpin & myself over the next 5-10 years? 2. When to do extra skill work + the Linchpin workout of the day. 3. Modulating intensity...a quick chat.
09/05/2022 • 39 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #262
If someone cannot overhead squat heavy weight, what should they do on a 7x1 strength day? Should they stick with the overhead squat and just go lighter? Should they swap out lifts and do a front or back squat?
06/05/2022 • 17 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #261
1. Will doing more "bodyweight only" workouts decrease overall fitness? 2. Is running allowed during Farmer's Carries? 3. How to find the "sweet spot" when scaling.
02/05/2022 • 40 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #260
"Training vs Testing". We explain the difference & how this relates to modulating intensity. The concept of "another brick in the wall" is also included.
29/04/2022 • 22 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #259
1. What is the important question no one asks? 2. How fit can you really get without accessory work?
25/04/2022 • 41 minutes 23 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #259
1. What is the important question no one asks? 2. How fit can you really get without accessory work?
25/04/2022 • 0
Linchpin Conversations #258
Why I think it should not be necessary to do any special preparation for the hero workout "Murph".
22/04/2022 • 18 minutes 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #257
A real life example is given regarding how to replicate a 5x5 Deadlift with absolutely no equipment at all.
15/04/2022 • 13 minutes 22 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #256
1. Are there "forbidden" movements that don't get programmed? 2. Does sprinting at less than 100% have value? 3. Could using lighter weights help build your engine?
11/04/2022 • 34 minutes 34 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #255
This covers the most popular episodes beginning on episode 51 & ending with episode 100.
08/04/2022 • 17 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #254
1. Why don't we bench press more often? 2. Programming & testing workouts. 3. Best workouts to do "not for time".
04/04/2022 • 53 minutes 42 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #254
1. Why don't we bench press more often? 2. Programming & testing workouts. 3. Best workouts to do "not for time".
04/04/2022 • 0
Linchpin Conversations #253
Good days lead to good weeks. Good weeks lead to good months. Good months lead to great years.
01/04/2022 • 15 minutes 7 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #252
1. How are CrossFit Hero workouts created? 2. Should squatting technique change for different movements? 3. How to recover physically & mentally from an injury.
28/03/2022 • 53 minutes 58 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #251
Stories from real life! Life has no regard for your fitness schedule. I explain how I modified a Heavy Day at a high heart rate to fit the limited time window available. Fitness was still achieved.
25/03/2022 • 18 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #250
Emily Sherwood answer's your questions. 1. Emily's tips & tricks to get in workouts with an infant. 2. What does Emily's diet look like? 3. What music does she like for workouts? 4. Advice for young kids starting Gymnastics. 5. How to build strict strength before kipping.
21/03/2022 • 49 minutes 1 second
Linchpin Conversations #249
My review of the 2022 CF Games Open workouts.
18/03/2022 • 33 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #248
1. Daily Programming vs Programming a Competition, what's the difference? 2. What sports/activities do I enjoy other than working out? 3. Garage Gym Tours & Shout Outs!
14/03/2022 • 42 minutes 21 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #247
What does "more is not better, better is better" actually mean for your life and your training?
11/03/2022 • 28 minutes 37 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #246
1. Kipping vs Strict, what is the benefit? 2. Knee pain during heavy squats, what to do? 3. Using the "notes" section of the btwb app
07/03/2022 • 44 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #245
5x5 Front Squats were scheduled, but life got hectic. Instead of not working out, I found a solution to the problem. Many people will experience a similar situation & these conversations help give ideas for solutions. Fitness can still be achieved!
04/03/2022 • 16 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #244
1. What to focus on for Recovery 2. Warm-up or Stretching...which is more important? 3. Favorite Open Workouts 4. Garage Gym Tours
28/02/2022 • 51 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #243
Having an 8 month old baby girl caused big disruptions in 3 of the 5 workouts I did last week. No problem! That's life & we offer you solutions so you can still make fitness happen no matter what.
25/02/2022 • 24 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #242
1. CrossFit Crush list 2. Scores on Whiteboard - helpful or hurtful? 3. Resources for knowledge 4. Time Caps
21/02/2022 • 39 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #241
Real stories of fitness from real people living busy lives. These people motivate me 100X more than any professional athlete ever could. I hope you enjoy them.
18/02/2022 • 16 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #240
1. What sports do Emily & I enjoy watching and/or participating in? 2. Pull-ups vs Chin-ups 3. Pros & Cons of the CF Games evolution over the lsat 15 years
14/02/2022 • 34 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #239
Fake solutions to real problems will not put you on a successful path. Avoid flashy, unsustainable behavior & embrace the fundamentals. Discipline & consistency go a long way when you are armed with the truth.
11/02/2022 • 20 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #238
CrossFit is infinitely scalable. Often people think if scaling the reps, loading, rounds, and/or complexity of the movements. Scaling can also apply to the intensity of the workout as well. This is not only beneficial to new athletes, but to intermediate & advanced athletes.
05/02/2022 • 22 minutes 6 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #237
1. Was Emily Sherwood able to do a 1:43 "Grace" as Rx'd at 6.5 months postpartum because of her former gymnastics background or because she used to be a CF Games athlete? 2. If someone can only do Accessory Work once a week is it worth it? 3. How to introduce a new person to CrossFit.
31/01/2022 • 40 minutes 23 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #236
We've done over 230 episodes of Linchpin Conversations since it began. A wide array of topics have been discussed on almost every aspect of fitness. Here is a summary of some of our favorite, covering episodes 1-50. Episodes 3, 14, 20, 23, 27, 29, 37, 40, 42 & 45.
28/01/2022 • 25 minutes 44 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #235
Ideally, you scale or modify the workout based upon a self assessment you conduct during the warm-up. However, sometimes it becomes apparent only AFTER the workout begins that you should have scaled it.
26/01/2022 • 22 minutes 58 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #234
1. Should you run, bike or row during the warm-up? 2. How should you strategize Tabata style workouts? 3. Should you do the optional Accessory work?
17/01/2022 • 44 minutes 42 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #233
We often refer to "training for real life". In this episode we explain what that means, why it is critically important & how you can prepare for it.
14/01/2022 • 25 minutes 7 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #232
1. What about Castro? 2. Would I program the CFG Open if asked? 3. Gymnastics Skills Sessions 4. Favorite book of 2021
10/01/2022 • 28 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #231
Only 19% of people stick with their New Year's resolutions. Success leaves clues. We share some best practices to help you make meaningful & long lasting changes to truly change your life for the better.
07/01/2022 • 26 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #230
1. What are a few of my favorite workouts I've created? 2. Trapped on a desert island, what would be the 3-4 workouts I'd do for the rest of my life? 3. If you identify personal deficiencies, what is the process to improve them?
03/01/2022 • 37 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #229
If you truly want to be prepared for any challenge life throws your way, then training with intelligently designed variance is critical. It can be easy for many people to let biases creep into their training, but that does not produce well rounded fitness. Variance is the key!
31/12/2021 • 20 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #228
Layne is approaching 6 months old. I've had to modify, scale & rearrange more workouts in the last 6 months than the previous 16 years. Here are my lessons learned & observations.
24/12/2021 • 17 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #227
1. Why are Sumo Deadlift High Pulls one of the L1 movements, but rarely programmed? 2. Nasty workouts that were never repeated. 3. Accessory Engine building.
20/12/2021 • 33 minutes 24 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #226
Dr. Smith shares her unique, expert perspective about the current state of the world. She has seen first hand what happens to people who do not make their health & fitness a priority.
17/12/2021 • 38 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #225
1. What is the Linchpin "DT" challenge? 2. What are 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wave adaptations? 3. Can you be too strong? 4. Rower vs Air Bike. 5. Develop strict or kipping movements first?
13/12/2021 • 45 minutes 23 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #224
We discuss how movements & loadings change across various Age groups in competition & whether or not that should influence your training if you're a Masters athlete.
10/12/2021 • 18 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #223
1. What is intentional interference in workouts? 2. What are benefits of a "Heavy Day at a High Heart Rate"? 3. What are slow twitch & fast twitch muscle fibers?
06/12/2021 • 39 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #222
Matteo Pizzi is a CrossFit Level 3 Coach who has taken courses to improve his knowledge about programming & modifying workouts to meet the needs of Adaptive Athletes. Matteo lives in Milan, Italy & is a full time coach. He is a member of the Linchpin community & creates an Adaptive Athlete video every week for the CF Linchpin YouTube channel. He shares what he has learned with us during this conversation.
03/12/2021 • 23 minutes 28 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #221
Zack Lewis is a husband, father, school teacher & a CrossFitter. At his heaviest he weighed over 400 lbs. He has lost over 100 lbs & is till making progress towards his goal. Zack candidly talks about his journey, his struggles, & the ups & downs we all face when trying to make big changes in our lifestyle.
26/11/2021 • 25 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #220
1. How to use workout data optimize your fitness. 2. What data should go in the "notes" section on btwb? 3. What makes programming intelligently designed? 4. What are some programming "secrets"?
22/11/2021 • 44 minutes 52 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #219
I'm very happy that some of my all-time favorite CrossFit workouts were created many years ago...& I explain why.
19/11/2021 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #218
1. Veteran's Day workouts/traditions. 2. Devices that measure recovery. 3. What goes into prepping for a Live broadcast like the Rogue Invitational? 4. How will my fitness today truly help when I'm 75 years old?
15/11/2021 • 44 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #217
We discuss what is included in the CF Linchpin private track from the detailed warm-ups, 5 different workout options, goal times, videos talking about the intended stimulus, movement demo videos, optional accessory work, btwb specialty programs for strength & gymnastics, an amazing global community, videos on modulating intensity, access to our private Facebook group & much more for ony $10 a month.
12/11/2021 • 15 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #216
1. Does missing a workout throw off the entire training block? 2. What are the benefits of pairing push & pull movements? 3. What athlete did I want to meet at the Rogue Invitational? 4. What was my favorite event from the Rogue Invitational & what athletes stood out to me?
08/11/2021 • 39 minutes 24 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #215
I discuss the competitors, the leaderboard, the venue, the Strongman competition, the prize money, the live broadcast & the hotel workouts I did.
05/11/2021 • 25 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #214
If you only hang out with other CrossFitters you may get a jaded perspective regarding your level of fitness. The truth is you are probably doing far better than you give yourself credit for! My recent trip to Disney brought to my attention how unhealthy & sick a large segment of the population is.
29/10/2021 • 25 minutes 44 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #213
1. What is the best way to get back into working out after COVID or any long time off? 2. What to do if you don't have enough time to work on flexibility. 3. How do you deal with relative who constantly expose you to poor food choices?
22/10/2021 • 40 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #212
Distance coaching is becoming more common every day. Eric is a Linchpin member who lives in New York, but he coaches athletes from all around the world. He shares his best practices & lessons learned to effectively coach someone from a distance using video.
22/10/2021 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #211
1. What is the history/evolution of CF Linchpin? 2. Is cooling down & stretching actually effective? 3. Applying the Sickness-Wellness-Fitness continuum to CF Linchpin.
18/10/2021 • 51 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #210
Understanding & implementing these concepts is mission critical to your success in CrossFit regardless if you are brand new or have been working out for a decade.
15/10/2021 • 12 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #209. "Ask Me Anything" 10.07.2021
An interview with Abbie Pritchard. Abbie is my sister-in-law & over the last 18 months she has lost nearly 100 pounds. She walks us through her weight loss journey, shares best practices as well as lessons learned.
11/10/2021 • 52 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #208
Do you have limited time each day to workout? We provide you the simple information you need to take control of your fitness even if you only have 30 minutes a day. We cover how to modify any workout, including heavy days to fit a tight timeline.
08/10/2021 • 29 minutes 31 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #207
1. Knee push-ups vs elevated push-ups 2. Some strength & conditioning coaches say training only 3 times a week is optimal, why does CrossFit train more? *WARNING...Question 2 leads down a long rabbit hole. 🤓
04/10/2021 • 44 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #206
Brian & Anne are members of CF Linchpin who train in their garage/driveway every day. After learning their 70-year old neighbor, Mr. John, recently fell in his home & was unable to get up, they decided to help him get back in shape. They share their experiences & lessons learned through this incredible journey.
01/10/2021 • 26 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #205
1. What is the process for coming up with the various workout options each day? 2. Did I ever get a question at a CrossFit seminar that I could not answer? 3. What advice would I give to a new CrossFitter? 4. What advice would I give to an experienced CrossFitter? 5. Hand width grip for various styles of pull-ups.
27/09/2021 • 42 minutes 26 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #204
Hard skills vs soft skills required to be an effective coach are discussed with real life examples.
24/09/2021 • 25 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #203
1. What movement is effective, but not programmed for some reason? 2. Best way to incorporate hypertrophy work with Linchpin? 3. Are Dumbbell workouts enough to be for life? 4. How has Linchpin evolved over the years?
20/09/2021 • 37 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #202
Jay King is a CrossFit Level 3 Coach as well as a school teacher. He started a CrossFit kids program at his school that had 400 children participating in it. Jay shares his knowledge & expertise regarding programming, training & coaching for kids.
17/09/2021 • 42 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #201
1. Does the Linchpin programming & goal times get adjusted based on data from the community? 2. What to do when a gym owner is making bad programming decisions. 3. What is the future of CrossFit Health?
13/09/2021 • 44 minutes 36 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #200
A member of the Linchpin community asked for suggestions to help sustain his health & fitness over time. He said he struggled with consistency & getting back into working out after life/work disrupted his schedule. Recommendations are given to help increase consistency.
10/09/2021 • 23 minutes 8 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #199
1. What was my favorite lecture to give at CrossFit Seminars? 2. Status of the On-ramp programs. 3. In-person meet-ups are happening. 4. Goal times & dumbbell workouts. 5. Favorite tv shows and/or movies.
06/09/2021 • 34 minutes 55 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #198
We also discuss how "Nobody Cares. Train Harder." and "Scaling is Cool." can both coexist in an athlete's life.
03/09/2021 • 19 minutes
Linchpin Conversations #197
1. Should you prioritize sleep or training? 2. Which is worse, Hell Week or a baby with colic? 3. If you could only do 1 workout for the rest of your life... 4. Signs of Good vs Bad programming in gyms
30/08/2021 • 45 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #196
He discusses what lead him to CrossFit, why he opened a gym, what their community is like, how they dealt with COVID and offer advice to new gym owners.
27/08/2021 • 22 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #195
1. The mysterious post-it notes on my wall are explained. 2. Does athlete participation influence Linchpin programming? 3. What are some of my quick & easy meals? 4. Does my wife plan on competing again? 5. Is it okay not to workout during a vacation?
23/08/2021 • 34 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #194
I discuss the pros & cons of the many ways I have experimented with working cheat meals into my nutrition & life. Some things worked well & others were epic failures. The good, the bad & the ugly are exposed.
20/08/2021 • 21 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #193
1. What are the BTWB Challenges all about? 2. How to build an engine, aka improve conditioning. 3. What did I think if the 2021 CF Games programming? 4. What gyms around the world follow CF Linchpin? 5. What are the considerations for programming a competition? 6. How impressive was Annie Thorisdottir's performance at the Games? 7. Will there be a Linchpin meet-up at the Cascade Classic & at the Rogue Invitational?
16/08/2021 • 41 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #192
Jordan Holland is one of the main organizers of the Cascade Classic. This event is in its 8th year and attracts as many as 600 competitors. It is a highly inclusive and fun event that takes place in Washington State. Jordan discusses the event, how people can compete and/or volunteer and why he chose to have CF Linchpin program the qualifier events.
13/08/2021 • 24 minutes 37 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #191
A recap of my quick trip to the 2021 CrossFit Games & my participation in the CrossFit Health panel regarding chronic disease.
06/08/2021 • 25 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #190
1. If you go to a CrossFit gym how can you evaluate the quality of the programming? 2. Simone Biles, gymnastics & mental health. 3. On-ramp programs. 4. How to overcome a fear of handstands & being upside down. 5. How to get back into fitness after pregnancy. 6. Advice to young gymnasts.
02/08/2021 • 49 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #189
Social media is a tool with the power to significantly impact our physical and mental health in either a profoundly positive or negative manner. The potential pitfalls of social media comparison are discussed as well as why it is most important to only compare yourself to you.
30/07/2021 • 21 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #188
1. Why have some gyms gone away from classic CrossFit programming? 2. How am I enjoying being a "girl dad"? 3. If I competed at the CF Games what workout would I want to see & not want to see? 4. How important is a "CrossFit" style shoe for training? 5. At some point should Masters athletes not lift 1RM's?
26/07/2021 • 28 minutes 42 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #187
My new baby girl is 3 weeks old and I'm exhausted. This is forcing me to realize my daily sessions in the gym are about making smart decisions, moving my body and relieving stress. During this phase with the newborn I need to realize that I will most likely not set any PR's and that's okay. I discuss my performance, both physically and mentally on two recent benchmark workouts.
23/07/2021 • 27 minutes 37 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #186
1. How big is the Linchpin community & what do the demographics look like? 2. Should you buy an Air Bike, Rower or Ski Erg? 3. If you frequently scale the loading in workouts so you focus on building strength for a while? 4. How to fit in fitness in a hectic life. 5. Food prep, tips & tricks. 6. How to avoid biasing workouts based on your personal preferences.
19/07/2021 • 47 minutes 26 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #185
Greg Stephens is a real estate agent, a PGA professional & a member of the Linchpin community. He shares his journey from previously weighing 260 pounds to now weighing 180. He tells us how he found CrossFit & how it can benefit golfers.
16/07/2021 • 54 minutes 56 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #184
1. At what distance do I decide to use a dedicated running shoe? 2. Can a tall person win the CrossFit Games? 3. How can one program (i.e. CrossFit) get everyone "fit"? 4. How is "fitness" defined? 5. How do different people's goals factor into fitness?
12/07/2021 • 36 minutes 44 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #183
We just had our 3rd child, so there is a little newborn baby in our life! Fitness, sleep and nutrition continue to remain priorities, but adjustments need to be made. Whatever life throws at you does not need to completely derail your long term health and fitness journey. I discuss the steps I've taken in the first week of my new daughter's life and my plan moving forward.
09/07/2021 • 31 minutes 31 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #182
1. Funny and/or worst experiences coaching or training. 2. How to break through mental barriers with Oly lifts. 3. Are there movements to avoid or modify for older athletes? 4. How to use the BTWB specialty programs for barbell lifts & gymnastics.
28/06/2021 • 35 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #181
Real life disrupts your workout schedule. I walk through the last 3 days of poor sleep, less than ideal nutrition, travel and how I heavily modified workouts to make fitness possible.
25/06/2021 • 17 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #180
1. Can you improve on a movement without doing it every week? 2. What if you don't have enough time to properly rest during intervals?
23/06/2021 • 42 minutes 26 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #179
Addictive experiences can be "engineered". This is neither inherently good or bad. The critical factor is increasing your awareness about what makes certain behaviors addictive in a good way versus addictive in a bad way. We want YOU to be in control and that is only possible through information and education. A "fitness addiction" has the potential to become unhealthy if certain factors get out of control.
22/06/2021 • 24 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #178
1. Writing a book 2. Scaling for various age groups 3. Estimating your 1RM without attempting a 1RM 4. Benefits of gymnastics 5. Get a 100 lb. weighted pull-up without training for it
18/06/2021 • 48 minutes 35 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #177
The difficulty of the task/workout needs to be appropriately paired to the skill level of the individual athlete. If the task is well beyond the athlete's skill level it can lead to frustration, anxiety & failure. If the difficulty is too low the athlete grows bored & does not progress. Finding the sweet spot is critical.
16/06/2021 • 19 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #176
1. Box Jumps vs. Box Step-ups, pros & cons. 2. Adding a weight vest to training 3. Linchpin meet-ups 4. What to do if you cannot maintain pace during intervals 5. Top 3 book recommendations
14/06/2021 • 41 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #175
The purpose of general & specific warm-ups. A hybrid model is presented. Practice rounds are discussed. Examples are given for specific workouts.
11/06/2021 • 17 minutes 35 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #174
1. What is my biggest source of inspiration when programming? 2. Daily rituals, time & task management tips/tricks 3. How to maintain intensity near the end of a workout And much more...
10/06/2021 • 43 minutes
Linchpin Conversations #173
Can someone be fit & healthy without snatching? What movements do not get the respect they deserve?
07/06/2021 • 23 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #172
1. Could Adrian Bozman come on the AMA? 2. Can Rest Days be shifted around? 3. Regular Oreos or double-stuffed? 4. Three items to have when the Zombies come. 5. Biggest obstacles I've had to overcome in CrossFit. 6. Topics for the Varied Not Random podcast. 7. Getting in a "pump session" after the workout. 8. Working on weakness.
04/06/2021 • 35 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #171
Marcus owns CrossFit KH in Germany. He is a member of the CF Seminar Staff and is also the CrossFit Country Manager overseeing more than 500 affiliates in Germany, Austria & Switzerland. He shares his story as well as advice for gym owners & trainers.
02/06/2021 • 41 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #170
1. In what area could CrossFit improve? 2. How do you know when to take an unscheduled Rest Day because your body needs it? 3. The benefits of a "Foundations" or "On-ramp" program. 4. How to use CrossFit workouts to compliment another activity like running or cycling.
31/05/2021 • 29 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #169
CF Linchpin Test 5 For time: 20 Back Squats, 225/155 2 Mile Run 20 Back Squats, 225/155 The "Fitness Level" in the BTWB app is also discussed.
29/05/2021 • 24 minutes 6 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #168
1. How to develop Chest-to-bar pull-up strength. 2. Using D-balls & Sandbags on Heavy Days. 3. Is Elite Gymnastics a broken sport? 4. How "over-involved" parents can make their kids hate sports. 5. Why do I prefer helping "normal" people instead of coaching elite CrossFit competitors? 6. How to employ Active Recovery.
26/05/2021 • 52 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #167
Karl is a Level 4 CrossFit trainer who lives in Scotland. He has work at roughly 400 CrossFit seminars all around the globe. He is a wealth of knowledge and shares valuable insight on training and how to be a better coach.
24/05/2021 • 52 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #166
1. Butterfly kip vs C-kip, which is safer/better? 2. A member asked how it is possible that his major lifts are improving even though we only go heavy once a week. His old gym lifted heavy every day. Now he goes heavy only once a week and lifts are going up. How is this possible? 3. Is "Rowing Murph" a good modification for people who cannot run? 4. Weight belts & knee sleeves...do they have utility?
21/05/2021 • 38 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #165
Tips & tricks to successfully perform CrossFit workouts in a traditional gym environment.
19/05/2021 • 35 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #164
1. How to stay healthy & sane in a global pandemic 2. Every training session should have a goal. 3. Targeting individual weaknesses. & much more...
17/05/2021 • 41 minutes 23 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #163
Rod talks about community, coaching, helping people and why he chose to open a gym in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
14/05/2021 • 32 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #162
1. Do I ever make Super Fitness Robot times that are unobtainable just to see if people can do it? 2. Pros & Cons of pursuing high skill movements like the snatch alone in your garage. 3. Dynamic stretching in warm-ups. 4. What are the benefits of "Rucking" & why do people seem to enjoy it so much?
12/05/2021 • 42 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #161
How to modulate your intensity in order to have a long, happy, healthy & sustainable experience with CrossFit.
10/05/2021 • 23 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #160
1. Why I should or should not go head-to-head against Emily Sherwood in the classic CrossFit workout "Nasty Girls". 2. How much do poor decisions outside the gym, such as nutrition, sleep, screen time, etc affect the results we hope to achieve inside the gym? 3. How to improve your burpee capacity. 4. What is my plan to maintain workouts once my new baby daughter is born?
07/05/2021 • 42 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #159
A question about scaling is answered from an athlete who says they struggle with almost all aspects of any given workout. The "RX'd" loading, rep range, rounds, etc all seems out of reach. What is the proper course of action to keep them safe while improving their overall capacity?
05/05/2021 • 26 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #158
Topics addressed were: 1. What do I take into account when including CrossFit benchmarks or Hero workouts into the Linchpin programming? 2. How does (or should) bodyweight be taken into consideration when choosing loading and/or making the decision whether or not to scale a workout?
03/05/2021 • 35 minutes 45 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #157
CF Insanity has been an affiliate for over 10 years. They are one of the many gyms which choose to follow the CF Linchpin private track for their programming. Dave talks with me about what it takes to build a strong community, lessons learned over the years and how to become a better trainer.
30/04/2021 • 27 minutes 58 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #156
My wife, Emily is 26 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child. She is a former D1 collegiate gymnast & two-time individual competitor at the CrossFit Games & joined me on this "Ask Me Anything". 1. Kettlebell snatch vs Dumbbell Snatch 2. Rings Rows vs Banded Pull-ups to develop pull-ups 3. Movements Emily has had to remove or modify due to being 26 weeks pregnant 4. How to improve burpee box jump capacity
28/04/2021 • 46 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #155
If an invisible drone flew over us & recorded all of our choices & actions it would likely no longer be a mystery as to why we failed to achieve a certain goal. Only by being brutally honest with ourselves & taking personal responsibility will meaningful change be possible.
26/04/2021 • 18 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #154
1. Training Senior Citizens 2. Top recommended specialty gear for garage gym 3. Discussion about EMOMs
23/04/2021 • 51 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #153
Setting a goal of being able to do CrossFit benchmark workouts as RX'd is a lofty goal & a serious challenge for many people. This can be achieved through intelligent scaling, modifications and progressions. We explain how.
21/04/2021 • 27 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #152
Topics covered... 1. Have I ever had to confront a gym owner or trainer for doing something dangerous? 2. Do the Super Fitness Robot times affect the programming? 3. Pause Squats...what they do and how to use them. And much more...
19/04/2021 • 39 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #151
This is the headline from a CNN article published on March 2, 2021. We discuss the facts presented in this article and how CrossFit coaches and athletes are uniquely positioned to possibly help turn this situation around. Proper information is critical to helping people.
16/04/2021 • 20 minutes 6 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #150
1. How & when I will give my thoughts regarding the 2021 CFG Open workouts. 2. Lessons learned from my time in the SEALs. 3. The Master's Age group (50-54) generally use the same loadings in the CFG Open as the 18-35 year olds. Is this appropriate? 4. How to properly assess body pain. 5. How to get back into working out after an extended break.
14/04/2021 • 49 minutes 31 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #149
I've got 2 kids, a pregnant wife, 2 dogs & a busy job. Life is hectic. This means workouts are interrupted all the time. When life forces you to modify the workout it is important to know how to do it correctly to keep your body healthy & your mind happy. Real life examples are given.
12/04/2021 • 24 minutes 21 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #148
1. Is it bad to always row or bike instead of run? 2. How often do new workouts get created? 3. How do I determine if a workout will be repeated? 4. Will some workouts not be repeated? 5. What are some programming considerations for the Monster Mash?
09/04/2021 • 36 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #147
We talk through 50th percentile & 75th percentile scores/loads for Fran, 1RM Deadlift, Helen, 1RM Back Squat, Cindy, 1RM clean & Jerk, 5k Run, DT and an 800m run. Accessory work and BTWB specialty programs are discussed as ways to improve deficiencies.
07/04/2021 • 22 minutes 42 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #146
Accumulating Good Days in the Gym leads to great things. We explain the steps to accomplish this.
05/04/2021 • 14 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #145.
Topics addressed were... 1. Why are walking lunges preferred over stationary lunges? 2. Book recommendations 3. Dissecting the 02.09.2021 Interval workout 4. Best workout to expose a friend to CrossFit 5. My most embarrassing CrossFit moment 6. Advice to someone starting a new CF affiliate 7. Creating & modifying warm-ups
02/04/2021 • 44 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #144
Programmers need to give themselves creative leeway & space for experimentation & innovation. We discuss these topics in the real world context of the CrossFit Hero workout "Ryan", "Elizabeth" & others. Interval training is also discussed.
31/03/2021 • 31 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #143
Topics covered were: 1. What do I think of Mat Fraser's retirement? 2. Steps to build a better engine. (metabolic conditioning) 3. Questions from an ultra-marathoner are addressed. 4. Favorite shoe for CrossFit? 5. The importance of Flexibility. And much more...
29/03/2021 • 41 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #142
Imperfect workouts are important. Real life can disrupt our workout schedule more often than we would like. When this happens it is important to shift your mindset and goals. Fitness can still be achieved on a reduced timeline and under less than ideal conditions.
26/03/2021 • 17 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #141
My wife, Emily Sherwood is 18 weeks pregnant. This is her 3rd pregnancy. She is a former D1 collegiate gymnast & two-time individual competitor at the CrossFit Games. She answers questions from the community related to doing CrossFit while pregnant.
24/03/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #140
How long should you Rest during Interval training? We discuss the article "Rest & Recovery in Interval-Based Exercise", which was written by Tony Leyland. The article was originally published in the CF Journal, Issue 56 in April of 2007.
22/03/2021 • 33 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #139
Topics addressed were... 1. What factors affect the "intended stimulus" of a workout? 2. What does "training for longevity" really mean? 3. Should some people train more to have more "fitness reserves" for later in life? 4. What are the BTWB "Specialty Programs"? 5. Which BTWB Specialty program should I choose?
19/03/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 57 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #138
Do NOT try this at home! Stories about workouts gone bad. I share some blunders I've made over the years.
17/03/2021 • 15 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #137
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Is it okay to drop a deadlift from the top? 2. Touch-n-Go Deadlifts vs Dead-Stop Deadlifts 3. Should you wear a weight belt? 4. DB Box Step-ups & Devil Press And much more...
15/03/2021 • 54 minutes 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #136
Julie had a hip replacement. Should she squat? Her orthopedic surgeon says no. Her physical therapist says yes. She is stuck in the middle & not sure what to do.
12/03/2021 • 26 minutes 26 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #135
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. The worst time I tore my hands in a workout 2. When is the best time to do Accessory Work? 3. When to move from Scaled to RX'd? 4. Rowing vs Running vs Bike...is one the best? 5. Should some Accessory work be prioritized over other? And much more...
10/03/2021 • 41 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #134
Joe Westerlin discusses the what, how & why of these various protocols. Joe is a Level 4 CrossFit Trainer and a Seminar staff Flowmaster. He also owned a CF affiliate for 10 years & has a background in collegiate strength & conditioning.
08/03/2021 • 32 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #133."Ask Me Anything" 12.31.2020
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Quick reflections on the year 2020 2. Tips for working out when motivation is low 3. Programming Phases, Structure & Cycles 4. Why do we do Handstand Walking if it does not happen in everyday life? And much more...
05/03/2021 • 44 minutes 11 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #132
My real life story with body Image Issues. I know many people deal with similar issues. I hope sharing my story can help someone.
03/03/2021 • 30 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #131
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Should scaling be based to meet the "Super Fitness Robot" time, the "More Likely" time or by another metric? 2. Daily routines & rituals 3. Dumbbells are amazing, but what is someone missing out on by not having a barbell? 4. Do I test the workouts? And much more...
01/03/2021 • 46 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #130
How to build a home gym for $500. This gear list provides everything you need to develop incredible fitness. It requires very little space and is extremely economical.
26/02/2021 • 19 minutes 31 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #129
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. If someone has a barbell, is there value in doing the Dumbbell workouts? If so, what? 2. I don't have a pull-up bar or rings. What should I do in place of pull-ups? 3. I don't have a bike/rower & it is snowy outside. What can I substitute for running? 4. Regular treadmill vs self-powered treadmills. 5. Would people benefit from more Heavy Days? And much more...
25/02/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 39 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #128
A member of the Linchpin community emailed us and said their life is very hectic at the moment and free time is rare. They can only do 3 of the 5 workouts we program each week. They asked for help and guidance as to how to best choose which 3 workouts each week would be the most beneficial.
22/02/2021 • 17 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #127
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Should Crossfit include more lateral movements? 2. How can you train alone & improve your technique? 3. Thoughts about Jillian Michaels' anti-CrossFit comments. And much more...
19/02/2021 • 45 minutes 2 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #126
Managing Intensity intelligently. How to manage intensity during workouts to improve athletically & avoid burning out.
17/02/2021 • 22 minutes 13 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #125 "Ask Me Anything" 12.07.2020
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Who are the people I discuss programming with? 2. Pull / Push template vs. Body Part Splits 3. Periodization 4. Strength & Skill Cycles And much more...
15/02/2021 • 1 hour 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #124
Keys to working out consistently. How to be a Fitness Hero who does not miss workouts in 3 simple steps. (Be. Do. Have.) Motivation versus dedication is discussed.
12/02/2021 • 18 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #123
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Favorite Thanksgiving food item 2. Alternative options to running, farmer's carries, etc that can be done indoors during bad weather 3. Three people from history I would like to sit down with 4. Does the programming try to relieve the soreness from prior workouts? 5. A look into the BTWB Specialty Programs And much more...
10/02/2021 • 42 minutes 39 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #122
Do we do "Open Prep" & will the 2021 CF Games Open workouts be programmed as a Linchpin workout of the day?
08/02/2021 • 23 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #121
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. If you miss a workout should you make it up or take the extra rest? 2. How to prioritize fitness properly in your life. 3. Should you wrap your thumbs around the pull-up bar? 4. How to tell if a workout was programmed correctly 5. Allocating time for practice
05/02/2021 • 39 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #120
We answer a question that popped up when Linchpin Test 7 was programmed. Should the workout be scaled to meet the goal times or is it acceptable to disregard the goal times and treat it as more of a Heavy Day with longer breaks? Linchpin Test 7 4 Rounds for time of: 4 Power Cleans, 205/145 4 Front Squats, 205/145 4 Shoulder-to-Overhead, 205/145
03/02/2021 • 15 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #119
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. CrossFit does most things right. What could it do better? 2. Will strategy for the 2021 CF Games Open workouts be given? 3. Proper scaling, coaching and time management at gyms around the world. 4. Would I coach a Linchpin athlete at the Games? 5. If CF never existed, which sports would have the fittest athletes? 6. Should Masters athletes focus more on weightlifting or gymnastics?
02/02/2021 • 38 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin conversations #118
I relate some real life experiences I have dealt with regarding intelligently working around an injury.
29/01/2021 • 17 minutes 25 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #117
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How to overcome fear of box jumps, being inverted, coming back from injury, etc. 2. How to figure out if your are under-eating 3. What do you do when PR's don't happen as much? 4. Proper pacing for interval workouts. And much more...
27/01/2021 • 40 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #116
A candid discussion about some of the most common mistakes people make in CrossFit and why you want to avoid them.
25/01/2021 • 20 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #115 "Ask Me Anything" 10.29.2020
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Was the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games a true test of fitness? 2. Can Mat Fraser & Tia Toomey win again in 2021? 3. Are Justin Medeiros and Haley Adams the future of the sport? 4. Can you train to have a competitive mindset and endure discomfort? 5. If someone wants to "try" CrossFit what is a good workout? 6. Can a test of fitness go too far? 7. A discussion on programming.
22/01/2021 • 47 minutes 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #114
Richie Lancaster owns CrossFit Weaverville XC. He talks about his community, improving your knowledge and why they choose to follow Linchpin programming.
18/01/2021 • 19 minutes 47 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #113
Common questions regarding Heavy Days are answered, such as: 1. How to warm-up 2. How to pick the right loading 3. Rest periods 4. Missed lifts 5. Going for a new PR and much more...
15/01/2021 • 27 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #112
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How to get better at Overhead Squats 2. Am I fitter now compared to when I competed at the 2009 CrossFit Games? 3. Is it important to compete in CrossFit through the Open, local comps, etc? 4. How have my fitness goals evolved over the years? 5. What to replace shuttle runs with during the winter 6. When is it acceptable to do strict movements in a workout? And much more...
11/01/2021 • 47 minutes 23 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #111
This was a real question from a new athlete unfamiliar with CrossFit. It is a common question and one that is critical to understand if you are to have a long, happy and healthy experience with CrossFit training.
08/01/2021 • 23 minutes
Linchpin Conversations #110
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What are the benefits of a half-marathon row? Should you do it? 2. Should scaling/modifying workouts happen with respect to certain "goal times"? 3. CrossFit Linchpin vs. Linchpin Athletics 4. Pros and Cons of various workout/rest day schedules 5. Adding in other activities such as cycling, running, sport, lifting, etc 6. Homemade ice cream. And much more....
04/01/2021 • 48 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #109
An interview with Eric, the owner of CrossFit Undone. We discuss how Covid-19 has affected his gym and what they did while being shut down. Eric has held other occupations, but nothing makes him happier than being a gym owner. He talks about why he chose to use the CF Linchpin private track for programming at his gym. He also offers some advice to new gym owners.
01/01/2021 • 19 minutes 49 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #108
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How will I effective manage Linchpin as it continues to grow? 2. How to approach Heavy Days. 3. How to improve form/technique when training alone. 4. The best way to cook a steak. 5. How to get better at wall ball shots. 6. How/when to incorporate ski ergs & less common equipment And much more....
28/12/2020 • 46 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #107
How many double-unders should you be able to do before you do them in a workout? What are some tips and tricks to improve them? How could you modify a workout that involves double-unders for someone still struggling with them?
26/12/2020 • 19 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #106
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Thoughts on training kids with CrossFit 2. What made me want to start CrossFit Linchpin & how has the programming evolved? 3. How to test Fraser and Toomey 4. Can you improve your rowing? 5. Breaking down Heavy Day rep schemes 6. Pacing on AMRAPs...maintain, speed up or slow down? 7. General programming discussion
21/12/2020 • 49 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #105
The right warm-up for YOU. What is the purpose of a warm-up? How can you incorporate skill practice into a warm-up? There are benefits to intelligently experimenting and figuring out what works best for your specific individual needs. You should feel authorized to deviate slightly from the plan and learn.
18/12/2020 • 20 minutes 36 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #104
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What do I think of the 2020 CrossFit Games events? 2. Will I commentate at the 2020 CF Games? 3. Would I consider holding a Linchpin games online? 4. Who are my top male and female picks for the 2020 CF Games?
14/12/2020 • 35 minutes 58 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #103
A discussion about the Hero workout "The Seven". Real talk about feeling pressure from social media to perform a certain way or make decisions about your workout. Just because you CAN do a workout at a certain loading does NOT mean you should. We discuss making decisions based on what is best for you, not what may be popular on social media.
11/12/2020 • 21 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #102
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What workout gear would I take on vacation? Or do I just relax? 2. How much time does it take to run Linchpin? 3. Why some movements are or are not in warm-ups and accessory work 4. Should each person work on something specific to them each day? 5. Yoke carries, D-balls, Sand bags, Ski Ergs, Heavy jump ropes and axle bars...when to use them?
07/12/2020 • 47 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #101
An interview with the lead instructor of "The Gymnastics Course", Chuck Bennington. Gymnastics might be the biggest area of improvement needed for most athletes, yet it is often neglected. We discuss how many people learn and train barbell movements in a logical manner, but they seem to not apply these same principles to gymnastics training. We also cover some of Chuck's lessons learned for both individual athletes as well as coaches.
04/12/2020 • 34 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #100
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. As we age, a decline in overall fitness occurred, but must we also lose flexibility? 2. What is a workout I underestimated and it kicked my butt? 3. How would I set up a "Foundations Class" or an "On-ramp" at an affiliate? And much more...
30/11/2020 • 37 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #99
Should "RX'd" workouts be written on the whiteboard if most members cannot do them? Or, should the prescribed workout of the day be modified to align with what the majority of the members of a gym can accomplish? This leads to a discussion regarding gym culture and communication.
27/11/2020 • 21 minutes 28 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #98.
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What are some of my favorites moments from being a CF Games analyst? 2. What are some ways to incorporate techniques discussed by Chris Hinshaw during Linchpin Conversations #97? 3. Do I test everything before I input workouts into BTWB and the website? 4. Discuss my typical "cheat night" 5. Are there some movements that fit better into accessory training vs putting them in workouts? And more...
23/11/2020 • 45 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin conversations #97
Chris is a knowledgeable coach with a focus in running and aerobic capacity. He has worked with athletes such as Mat Fraser, Tia Toomey, Rich Froning and many others. This discussion is packed with information athletes will be able to use immediately and effectively. 1. Why is running/sprinting important? 2. What are a couple of the major benefits of sprinting? 3. Do you need to improve your speed or your ability to recover? 4. How can recovery periods be optimized and manipulated to improve performance? And much more....
20/11/2020 • 56 minutes 5 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #96.
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How do we choose the rep schemes for Heavy Days 2. What makes a "bad" workout? 3. Thoughts on barbell complexes 4. Working from home 5. How & when to start coaching CrossFit
16/11/2020 • 34 minutes 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #95
The key to Double-unders, Muscle-ups & Snatching. A discussion of "Training" versus "Practice". This is a key element of classic CrossFit methodology and critically important to athletic development.
13/11/2020 • 16 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #94
"AMA" Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Games athletes and the Monday Monster Mash 2. Reviewing data to influence programming 3. Advice I would give myself when I first started CrossFit 4. Breathing techniques learned in the SEAL Teams 5. Will the Linchpin private track price go up from $10? 6. Programming for Teens and Masters at the CrossFit Games 7. How to appropriately challenge yourself without wrecking yourself 8. Building a home gym
09/11/2020 • 43 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #93
Divorced, depressed, 30 pounds overweight & asking for help. We answer a question from someone going through a very rough time in their life. They are struggling with consistency, motivation and injuries. In their own words they always start working out, do too much too quickly, get injured, lose motivation and then repeat this cycle over and over. We discuss the way to break this cycle, get on a healthy path and stay there!
06/11/2020 • 27 minutes 22 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #92. Ask Me Anything 08.06.2020
This is from the "Ask Me Anything" we host every Thursday in the CF Linchpin private track Facebook group. Members submit questions and other members upvote them. The most popular ones get answered live each week. Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How to I manage manage my time to meet all the demands of Linchpin Athletics, life, family, etc... 2. Should accessory work be approached with the same level of intensity as a workout? 3. Tips for improving your L-sit 4. Which movements did I struggle with when I was new to CrossFit & how did I improve? 5. In a multi-round workout should you pace it from the beginning or start fast & try to hold on? And much more...
01/11/2020 • 45 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #91
You are always authorized to modify/scale a workout to meet your needs. Educating yourself is key to success in this critical area. If you begin to understand the "why" behind the workout, then you can change it in a way that still preserves the intended stimulus. I use a real world example from the classic benchmark workout, "Chelsea".
30/10/2020 • 21 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #90. "Ask Me Anything" 07.30.2020
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Recommendations for flexibility 2. Biggest mistakes I see people make in CrossFit 3. Warm-ups and deload weeks And much more...
27/10/2020 • 42 minutes 1 second
Linchpin Conversations #89
EC Synkowski is the owner of OptimizeMe Nutrition. She discussed why she created her 10 principles, why no specific foods are listed and the importance of properly educating yourself regarding food.
19/10/2020 • 19 minutes 59 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #88
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What are some of the best CrossFit Journal articles to improve knowledge? 2. What pieces of gear do I use the most and the least in my garage gym? 3. How do you know if you are embracing scaling a bit too much? 4. What are some tips/tricks to increase intensity when working out alone? 5. What are the origins of Linchpin? 6. What is the thought process behind creating team workouts? 7. Top 5 books for personal development? And much more.....
16/10/2020 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #87
Should workouts use percentages of your 1RM or assign the loading?
12/10/2020 • 30 minutes 56 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #86. Ask Me Anything 07.16.2020
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. What is the "normal person" version of doing a sub 5-minute mile, a 500 lb. back squat & 50 unbroken pull-ups in the same day. 2. Are there any movement and/or modalities that are underrated/overrated and/or underutilized/overutilized? 3. What are the 2 most important things I would tell someone just starting out in CrossFit? 4. What is "Apocalypse August"? 5. Will we make a dumbbell version of the Linchpin 12 Tests, aka the Dirty Dozen? 6. Why did I choose the name Linchpin? And much more.....
09/10/2020 • 40 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #85
Words are powerful, choose them wisely. The words you use to describe and assess your workout performance are profoundly impactful and powerful. Context is given for various workout performances and we discuss how to use words to increase, not decrease motivation and properly celebrate progress.
05/10/2020 • 25 minutes 47 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #84 - Ask Me Anything. 07.10.2020
Ask Me Anything: 1. Tips and tricks to having a relaxed attitude when faced with problems. 2. What would a Linchpin competition look like? 3. Is it true that I don't like working out? Why or why not? 4. Is it bad to shift workout days around? 5. What courses would I recommend taking for continuing education? 6. Will the "No Equipment" workouts remain after COVID-19? And much more.....
02/10/2020 • 35 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin conversations #83
Can you be too strong? This is a classic question found in the CrossFit journal and Level 1 Seminars. Defining your terms and goals is critical to answering it. The answer should help people focus their training and assessment.
28/09/2020 • 19 minutes 22 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #82
This is from the "Ask Me Anything" we host every Thursday. Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Tips for properly and safely lowering weight from overhead. 2. Is it possible to improve a skill without spending a lot of extra time in the gym? 3. Which is more important...nutrition, sleep or accessory work? 4. How to prep for a marathon and other sport specific training. 5. Is there a reason to train your body to not need a warm-up? 6. If we say we do functional fitness then why do we walk on our hands and do overhead squats? And much more.....
25/09/2020 • 47 minutes 12 seconds
Linchpin conversations #81
Deload Weeks - necessary or not? What is a deload week? Does everyone need to incorporate them? Intensity is critical, yet not sustainable. How is this reconciled? The importance of Rest Days & not running the clock. Develop the skill of listening to your own body.
21/09/2020 • 34 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #80
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Why did I choose to keep Linchpin Athletics an official CrossFit affiliate? 2. What are my thoughts on Eric Roza purchasing CrossFit and being the new CEO? 3. Will Linchpin have in-person meet-ups in the future? 4. How to deal with a tight lower back. 5. How can accessory work be modified to specifically improve an athlete's engine? 6. Are there benefits of working out in a fasted state? 7. How and why should a weight vest be used in training?
18/09/2020 • 39 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #79
How & why to turn a workout into a "skills day". We use the workout "Amanda" as an example. The workout involves ring muscle-ups and full snatches.
14/09/2020 • 11 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #78
Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Why are 1-arm dumbbell rows programmed so frequently for the Limited Equipment Option on heavy days? 2. Favorite song to push through a tough workout? 3. In my experience who are the coolest CF Games athletes to hang out with? 4. Ways to improve your engine and push harder in a workout. 5. Why are Thrusters with 50 pound dumbbells "harder" than with a 115 pound barbell?
11/09/2020 • 51 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #77
I could be leaner, but I'm not. An honest discussion of how I eat to balance fitness AND happiness. We talk about a simple way to identify real food vs processed foods.(Classic CrossFit stuff) Typical breakfasts, lunches and dinners are explained.
07/09/2020 • 24 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #76
This is from the "Ask Me Anything" we host every Thursday in the Linchpin Athletics private track Facebook group. Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Who was an influential role model or mentor in my life and what did I learn from them? 2. Should athletes over 35-40 years old attempt to learn technical movements like muscle-ups, handstand walking, etc? Why or why not? 3. What are the benefits of short sprint intervals, like the 100m dash? 4. What nutritional strategies have I experimented with and how do I currently eat?
04/09/2020 • 45 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin conversations #75
How intensely should you workout? How does CrossFit define and measure intensity? Should you workout as hard as possible every day and end up in a pool of sweat on the floor?
31/08/2020 • 27 minutes 35 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #74
This is from the May 28, 2020 "Ask Me Anything" we host every Thursday in the Linchpin Athletics private track Facebook group. Members submit questions and other members upvote them. The most popular ones get answered live each week. Questions/topics from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. Would I consider being an analyst for the 2020 CF Games in Aromas, CA.? 2. Should everyone do the barbell snatch? 3. How to do Intermittent Fasting and CrossFit. 4. How to stay motivated & consistent working out at home. 5. How to gain muscle mass. 6. Things to consider/change working out when you are 50+ years old.
28/08/2020 • 1 hour 45 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #73
A true story from a member is shared to help reinforce the importance of having a strong and supportive community. Also, the evolution of the Linchpin private track over the last 2+ years is discussed.
24/08/2020 • 20 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #72
This is from the "Ask Me Anything" we host every Thursday in the Linchpin Athletics private track Facebook group. Members submit questions and other members upvote them. The most popular ones get answered live each week. Questions from the Linchpin community answered were: 1. How do you know if you are getting fitter? 2. If you had 2 extra hours per week to spend on fitness, what would you do? 3. What is CrossFit Health? 4. Why don't we bench press more? And other things.....
21/08/2020 • 51 minutes 36 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #71
No barbell? No problem. With minimal gear, maximum fitness is possible. Our "Limited Equipment Option" provides a daily workout using dumbbells. This will not just maintain your fitness, it can INCREASE your fitness. The benefits of dumbbell training include by are not limited to variance, functionality, stabilization and breaking through plateaus. People all around the world were forced to stay home and workout due to COVID-19. If you ever have to "stay at home" in the future, make sure you have the gear needed to get fit, stay healthy and have fun.
17/08/2020 • 26 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #70
The Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum & COVID-19. We dive into a 2002 CrossFit Journal article entitled, "What is Fitness?". Four standards for evaluating fitness are defined. We discuss the 4th standard, called the "Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum". We explain what this is, what it means, how to pursue it and why it is critical during a crisis like COVID-19.
14/08/2020 • 22 minutes 51 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #69
Working long hours & only doing 3 workouts a week. We answer a question from the Linchpin community. One of our members works an irregular schedule on a 3-week rotation. Most of their days are 10 hour shifts with an hour commute to and from work. They also have 2 kids and countless other responsibilities demanded by life. They usually eat dinner around 9pm and get whatever sleep they can. They try to get in 3-4 workouts a week and want to know what is the best may to make such a difficult schedule work. We provide guidance and recommendations.
10/08/2020 • 27 minutes 21 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #68
Workouts are not programmed for you to set a Personal Best. We provide a real life, true story of an athlete that did the workout "Randy" on 04.25.2020 and got his slowest time ever. A discussion of strategy, human behavior, expectations, and "why" workouts are programmed takes place to fill in the details of this story.
07/08/2020 • 31 minutes 24 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #67
A question from the community is answered regarding if it is possible to be fit and healthy without squatting or hinging at the hip. The individual who asked the question suffers from intensely painful tendonitis. We discuss doing sled drags, pulls and other options. The essential nature of squatting and deadlifting is also covered. Lastly, some straight talk and tough love is given regarding some people's lack of motivation to workout now that most gyms are closed due to COVID-19.
31/07/2020 • 25 minutes 44 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #66
In this episode we discuss how I made poor decisions during my early years of CrossFit regarding poor form and prioritizing getting a fast time. I use some workouts involving overhead squats to illustrate the point of attempting to move both well and quickly. However, when shoulder position goes from external rotation to internal rotation, the wise choice is to drop the barbell and recover...even though the clock keeps ticking. Poor movement is not CrossFit's fault, it is our own fault. Every time you begin a workout, you have decisions to make and items to prioritize. The smart, long term strategy should be to prioritize "how" you move, not "how fast you move". Mechanics, consistency and intensity is the established protocol for a reason...it's smart and it works. The choice is up to you.
24/07/2020 • 26 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #65
To swear, or not to swear?...when public speaking. Does it matter is you use vulgarities? Does it affect your presentation and/or message? Does the audience find it engaging and funny, or distracting and unappealing? There are no single answers to these questions, but we explore them based on real life experience.
17/07/2020 • 22 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #64
"The Fitness Stock Market". How to view your daily workouts as a long-term "investment" in your health and fitness. While stock market may go up or down on any given day, the goal is for the long term trend to go up and yield positive results. The same is true with assessing your fitness. How you are doing over the span of a few months is a better metric that any one singular workout. This topic is discussed to help provide nuance, context and perspective for athletes. We also talk about the difference between variance compared to working a specific weakness.
10/07/2020 • 24 minutes 48 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #63
Mike Megrian is one of the owners & head coaches at CrossFit Woburn. He decided to use the Linchpin private track as programming at his gym. We discuss why he made this choice, how his trainers and athletes initially responded and how it has been going for more than 6 months. Mike's gym has been open for nearly 10 years and he has experimented with lots of different programming. He also shares a great story of one of his coaches putting this programming to the test at Wodapalooza 2020.
03/07/2020 • 21 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #62
Does doing a workout "unbroken" matter? Does a workout ever need to be unbroken? Why or why not? Is this important or not? Real world examples are given. We also discuss understanding the "intent" of a workout so the athlete can make intelligent decisions if something needs to be modified due to gear, ability or environment.
26/06/2020 • 26 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #61
How to do pull-ups with no pull-up bar & much more. We also discuss how to do the 03.18.2020 Linchpin workout of front squats, bar-facing burpees and toes-to-bar with literally zero equipment. A short talk about doing a workout "Not for time", as compared to doing it "For Quality" also takes place.
19/06/2020 • 10 minutes 37 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #60
With many gyms closing because of COVID-19 we discuss how to workout whether you have a garage gym, limited equipment or literally no equipment. We also provide 50+ workouts that require little or no gear.
12/06/2020 • 24 minutes 44 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #59
Do functional movements at LOW intensity have value? We answer a question from Ed, a member of the Linchpin community. He is 59 and has hurt his back, achilles and shoulder through mountain biking accidents. He has also put on 30 pounds of bad weight. Ed wants to know if doing the workouts with very minimal weight is still beneficial. We answer Ed's questions and we discuss scaling, injuries and how the choices you make early in life will come into play later in your life.
05/06/2020 • 25 minutes 46 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #58
Is it okay to quit during a workout? The word "quit" has a negative connotation in our society, however, not all quitting is the same. We discuss "quitting" versus making an informed decision about what you do or don't want to pursue. Real life examples are provided from kid's sports, high school, Division 1 gymnastics, CrossFit and my time in the SEALs. Also covered is how "taking a break" from a certain activity is a smart thing to do before you get burned out. Taking breaks can be an intelligent decision and may help with long term compliance to any program, sport or activity.
29/05/2020 • 24 minutes 27 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #57
If you can jump 2 inches off of the ground and move you hands...then why can't you do double-unders? We answer this through discussion of the 10 General Physical Skills from the October 2020 CF Journal article, "What is Fitness?". We talk about how some of the skills are organic, how others are neurological, and what that means. Training vs practice is covered, as well as why functional movements are challenging, yet essential.
22/05/2020 • 24 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #56
Questions from a gym owner are answered: A gym owner's members want to learn the technique for kipping pull-ups, chest-to-bar pull-ups, snatching, clean & jerk, etc. With only an hour to use for class each day what is the best way to accomplish this? His members feel it is not enough time. The owner wants to know how to approach this moving forward and would having additional workshops and/or clinics a couple of times a month be beneficial? We talk through a class, using the workout "DT" as an example. Also discussed are ways to make the most of your warm-ups so that you are practicing skills at the same time...like, using the Burgener warm-up.
15/05/2020 • 19 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin conversations 55
How to be amazing at your job. We discuss basic recommendations to be professional and competent, regardless of your chosen profession. The topics are simple, easy to do and profoundly impactful. The good news is you can start implementing them immediately!
08/05/2020 • 13 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #54
Special Operations Selection & Ranger School...your olympic lifts will not save you. I answer a question from someone preparing for Special Forces selection. He asked if he should be spending more time in the gym. This question is answered and the discussion evolves into what actually matters & leads to success when the going gets tough.
01/05/2020 • 24 minutes 9 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #53
SEAL training, Masters athletes & scaling. A shout out to the "Committed Club!", these are people who log at least 3 workouts a week. Scaling / modifying workouts for Masters athletes. Understanding scaling is a critical part of your long term fitness journey. I also share some stories from SEAL training and how those lessons apply to every day life.
24/04/2020 • 30 minutes 28 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #52
"Relative Intensity"...discussed & explained. What is the definition of intensity & how is it measured? What is the difference between mathematical intensity & relative intensity? Contrary to popular belief, high intensity does not mean maximal intensity.
17/04/2020 • 17 minutes 36 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #51
The Monday Monster Mash. What is it? Where did it come from? How to use it?
10/04/2020 • 12 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #50
How to assess the "believability" of someone or something. Sometimes it is difficult to know who to listen to because of all the wanna-be, self-reported "experts" and useless noise on social media. We discuss now to "Believability weight your decision making", as stated by the billionaire investor, Ray Dalio in his book, "Principles". Also, the CF Journal article written by Jeff Glassman entitled "Conjecture, Hypothesis, Theory, Law" from 2007 is relevant and used to support the same concept.
03/04/2020 • 21 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #49
Real life, real talk. 3 days of poor sleep & how if affected my workouts. Deadlifts were far less than I wanted, running was slower than usual and I significantly scaled the Hero workout "Nate". However, life goes on and fitness was still achieved.
30/03/2020 • 17 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #48
Tips to improve your public speaking. We all engage in public speaking every day, whether we earn our living from it or not. In this episode I share some lessons I have learned over the years from my experience as a professional lecturer at roughly 200 CrossFit seminars as well as the live television broadcasts I've been a part of for ESPN and CBS.
27/03/2020 • 12 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #47
The 3 types of questions. After lecturing at about 200 CrossFit seminars around the world and interacting with roughly 10,000 people in the audience, I noticed a pattern of questions. Not always, but often, it seemed questions could be lumped into 1 of 3 categories. We discuss this topic.
25/03/2020 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #46
With the arrival of 2020 we discuss goal setting. I lay out 4 areas to focus on: Physical goals, Intellectual goals, Spiritual goals and Social goals. Tips are given to help achieve them, keep you on track and get you back on track if/when you slip. I did not create these 4 categories of goals, they just happen to serve me well so I wanted to share them.
20/03/2020 • 15 minutes 30 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #45
The decisions you make in sports, the military or the gym to "not complain & just suck it up" may catch up with you later in life. Every time you walk into the gym or open the fridge you have a decision to make. Remove ego and make beneficial long term decisions.
13/03/2020 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #44
We answer a question from the community. Mike G. is a member of the Linchpin private track and asked if there was value in attending a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar even if he does not have an interest in being a trainer or opening a gym.
06/03/2020 • 14 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #43
A discussion on how to program workouts. We talk about movements, rep ranges, loadings, time domains and much more. Questions from the community are also answered.
29/02/2020 • 35 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #42
Extra lifting is not what most people need to improve their fitness. We discuss the "Theoretical Hierarchy of the Development of an Athlete" from the 2002 article, "What is Fitness?". What people want and what they need are often not the same thing. Assess your strengths and weaknesses honestly so you can make informed decisions on how to improve.
21/02/2020 • 24 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #41
Just because you can do something does not mean you should. The definition of Fitness compared to the definition of Health.
14/02/2020 • 18 minutes 58 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #40
Why it is okay not to time every workout you do. Tips for maintaining a solid pace in workouts. When and how to experiment with pacing.
07/02/2020 • 16 minutes 3 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #39
I completely discuss all the benefits of the Linchpin private track for individuals and gym owners. A look into the nutrition track also takes place.
03/02/2020 • 16 minutes 18 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #38
Part 2 of a 12 part series dissecting the CF Linchpin 12 Tests. In this episode we dive into Linchpin Test 2. The Linchpin 12 Tests, aka, the Dirty Dozen are 12 benchmark workouts we created to help athletes and coaches assess their fitness across a broad range of movements, loadings, rep ranges and time domains. All 12 Tests can be found on our website at www.CrossFitLinchpin.com I also answer a couple of nutrition questions, one specifically about the Zone diet.
28/01/2020 • 21 minutes 43 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #37
I revisit an article I wrote in 2015 entitled "A Reflection on 10 years of CrossFit". The article lists 10 lessons learned. I review the article to see if I would change anything now that another 5 years have passed.
22/01/2020 • 16 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #36
Questions from the community are answered: 1. What is the best way to get back into working out after traveling, specifically international travel? 2. What is the best way to get back into working out after being sick? -Tips for staying on track while traveling, staying in hotels and recovering from illness are provided.
17/01/2020 • 21 minutes 14 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #35
We answer questions submitted from the internet: "How do you recognize the difference between your training helping you vs hurting you?" and "If a lack of strength is holding an athlete back, should they keep the rx'd loading & scale the reps, or is it better to scale the loading & keep the rx'd reps to maintain intensity?". And of course, we also went down a couple of wonderful rabbit holes.
13/01/2020 • 27 minutes 8 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #34
Part 1 of a 12 part series dissecting the CF Linchpin 12 Tests. In this episode we dive into Test 1. The Linchpin 12 Tests, aka, the Dirty Dozen are 12 benchmark workouts we created to help athletes and coaches assess their fitness across a broad range of movements, loadings, rep ranges and time domains. All 12 Tests can be found on our website at www.CrossFitLinchpin.com
06/01/2020 • 21 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #33
We discuss the 10 General Physical Skills from the foundational CrossFit Journal Article entitled "What is Fitness?", from October 2002. This topic was inspired by a question from a member of the Linchpin community who wanted to know about the various aspects we hope to develop when we work out.
02/01/2020 • 21 minutes 28 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #32
Some people consider "Scaling" a bad word. Is it? Should another term replace the word "Scaling"? Should loadings be assigned to workouts, or should we only use words like "light, medium or heavy" and let people choose for themselves?
30/12/2019 • 22 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #31
Should photos & videos of "less than ideal form" be reposted on social media? Why or why not?
26/12/2019 • 12 minutes 21 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #30
Topics Discussed: The importance of technique. Classic definitions of Strength. CrossFit's definition of Strength. Examples given to promote thought and discussion.
22/12/2019 • 29 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #29
We break down the math about how many CrossFit athletes walk around at 90% of max ability at all times and that is AMAZING! We use the classic benchmark workout "Nancy" as an example.
18/12/2019 • 15 minutes 19 seconds
Linchpin conversations #28
We walk through various ways to scale the 11.01.2019 CF Linchpin workout. The movements were the bike, dumbbell push press, ring dips and chest-to-bar pull-ups.
17/12/2019 • 16 minutes 42 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #27
How to avoid getting burned out in CrossFit. How to keep having fun while doing CrossFit year after year. Secrets to successfully doing CrossFit for 15 years. How much should you workout? How much intensity is too much? Accessory work, is it necessary? Remove Ego. Embrace Scaling. Shut the clock off every now and then. Ignore social media pressure. Work on personal development: reading, reflection, meditation, etc.
14/12/2019 • 22 minutes 52 seconds
Linchpin conversations #26
"Murph" is not just a Memorial Day workout. Various ways to scale/modify Murph so you are not destroyed for the next few days. Ideas on various ways to break up the pull-ups, push-ups and squats to help improve your performance. Scaling/modifying Hero workouts in general. Does "Murph" have to be done with a weight vest? Questions from the community.
13/12/2019 • 15 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #25
An interview with Travis Denman, the owner of CrossFit Guild in Fayetteville, NC. and his head coach, Emily. We speak about his gym, his clients and the culture/community they have created. CF Guild is in a very military town and Travis explains what that is like. We discuss why he chose to have CF Guild follow the affiliate version of the Linchpin private track for their programming needs. It is easy to get people to show up for a lifting day and challenging to get them to show up for a running/sprint day, Travis and Emily discuss how they handle this. Travis also explains that his 67 year old mom comes to class 4 times a week and trains right next to local Army Special Operations members. Oh...and she even has a pull-up!
12/12/2019 • 26 minutes 16 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #24
A member asked me if following the daily Linchpin programming would prepare him for the FBI Special Agent selection test. I also address physical preparation for SEAL training, aka, BUD/s and the Q-course selection for Army special forces. We talk about how following Linchpin programming will have you well prepared (over-prepared, actually) for anything life will throw at you, but...it can also be the perfect platform from which to layer on additional specific training such as Olympic lifting, power lifting, etc. Finally, we talk about the pros and cons of a gym outsourcing its programming.
09/12/2019 • 22 minutes 20 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #23
Why the CF Games Open workouts for the 2020 season were not worked into the programming on CF Linchpin. If you are doing CrossFit why you do not need to "prep for the Open". A masters athletes asks my opinion on whether or not he should do the open based upon what he felt was poor media coverage of the 2019 CF Games.
06/12/2019 • 14 minutes 22 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #22
I interview David Tate. He owns Risen Strength CrossFit in Gainesville, FL. He is part of a growing number of gyms that use the CF Linchpin private track for their programming needs. David tells us how his gym started and the evolution of his business. They started in a 600 sq ft barn and now they are in a 4,800 sq ft commercial space. He was able to leave his previous job and now runs his gym full time. He gives scaled workouts a cooler name and his members love it!
04/12/2019 • 30 minutes 50 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #21
How to scale a "Heavy Day", specifically today's 7x2 Overhead Squats. What to do if your overhead squat is significantly lower than your front squat or back squat. Why you should consider lighter loading and doing tempo squats. How I personally scale/modify a heavy overhead squat for shoulder my issues.
02/12/2019 • 15 minutes 10 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #20
After years and eventually decades of training, PR's occur with less frequency. What is the proper mindset and perspective regarding PR's? We relate repeating workouts to a science experiment. We provide tips to keep training fun and focus on the journey.
29/11/2019 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #19
I answer this question from a member of the Linchpin private track, "If the scaled version of the daily workout is a bit too easy, is it okay to do the rx'd version even if I know it will take me longer than the recommended time?" The workout I use as an example is from 09.24.2019. It is 3 Rounds for time of: 20 Deadlifts, 185/135 15 V-ups 7 Bar Muscle-ups I also talk about scaling ring muscle-ups and pistols.
26/11/2019 • 19 minutes 4 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #18
I answer a question from a someone who asked if they were a "bad CrossFitter" for not pursuing certain movements like snatches, ring muscle-ups and handstand walking. Should everyone try to do all the movements in CrossFit? Why or why not?
25/11/2019 • 14 minutes 31 seconds
Linchpin conversations #17
Tips for working out alone, finding motivation and the importance of community.
23/11/2019 • 12 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #16
An interview with EC Synkowski, the owner of OptimizeMe Nutrition. She creates the content for the Nutrition option on the CF Linchpin private track We discuss how the nutrition option came into existence, The 800G Challenge, and also answer nutrition questions from the community.
22/11/2019 • 13 minutes 45 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #15
I interview Ross Davey, the owner of CrossFit Caber in Scotland. Ross shares stories and insight about his gym, his members and running classes. CrossFit Caber uses the CF Linchpin private track for their programming.
20/11/2019 • 26 minutes 52 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #14
Working out "For Time" also means "For Quality"
19/11/2019 • 15 minutes 53 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #13
Oil City CrossFit uses the CF Linchpin private track for their programming needs. The owner, Westy Guill, tells me about why he chose Linchpin and how it is implemented at his facility.
18/11/2019 • 28 minutes 15 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #12
-How to scale the workout, "Elizabeth". -General concepts regarding scaling workouts.
17/11/2019 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #11
I interview Nate Kilgore, owner of CrossFit Ionracas. His gym is located in Gate City, VA. -Nate chooses to use the CF Linchpin private track to handle the programming needs of his gym. -We talk about why he chose to do this, his experiences, and the effect it has had.
16/11/2019 • 32 minutes 34 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #10
-How to scale the workout, "Fran". -General concepts regarding scaling workouts.
15/11/2019 • 16 minutes 45 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #9
Topics Discussed: -Mental Toughness and "getting comfortable being uncomfortable", will this improve your fitness? If so, how is mental toughness developed? -Examples of mental toughness. -My mindset when I was training to be a Navy SEAL. -How priorities shift as you pass through the different seasons in your own life. -Perhaps instead of chasing mental toughness, one should pursue personal development. -Examples of my daily routine for personal development...missions statements, focused reading and meditation, etc.
14/11/2019 • 25 minutes 34 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #8
Topics discussed: -Not every workout needs to be perfect. Life is messy and disrupts our schedule frequently. In these times it is important to realize that doing a modified, scaled, different version of the daily workout is tremendously beneficial! -We discuss the phrase "Fitness was achieved." -Doing something is WAY better than doing nothing. -Taking the pressure off of yourself and authorizing yourself to change the workout based on how you feel, your level of motivation, what is going on in your life, etc. -Benefits of the CF Linchpin private track
13/11/2019 • 13 minutes 17 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #7
Talking about the 800G Challenge with EC Synkowski from OptimizeMe Nutrition. She runs the nutrition portion of the CF Linchpin private track.
12/11/2019 • 13 minutes 41 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #6
Emily gets tweaked while visiting a gym with high volume
11/11/2019 • 20 minutes 38 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #5
Topics discussed: 1. Favorite type of ice cream. 2. Accessory work. Why? How? Is it necessary? 3. Training with a weight vest. Pros and cons. 4. Who needs additional strength work?
10/11/2019 • 21 minutes 54 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #4
Community Questions answered & Topics discussed: 1. Benefits of static holds, like the L-sit. 2. Appropriate intensity with senior citizen athletes 3. Developing a better mental game. 4. How to keep working out fun. How to take the pressure off of yourself to always PR. The importance (or lack thereof) of PR's. Assessing your fitness like it was the stock market.
08/11/2019 • 24 minutes 36 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #3
We provide Linchpin’s definition of a good day in the gym vs a bad day in the gym. Also, we discuss the power of the burpee and sprinting when no equipment is available.
07/11/2019 • 17 minutes 32 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #2
Discussion of the 2019 CrossFit Games and more.
07/11/2019 • 26 minutes 35 seconds
Linchpin Conversations #1
Working out while on vacation. Defining “good days” in the gym. Small chat about the 2019 CrossFit Games. Recored on 07.27.2019