Chris Hinshaw: Developing Aerobic Capacity, Performing Superhuman Athletic Feats Forever, And Overcoming Your Fears To Follow Your Passion


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Chris Hinshaw stops by for a multifaceted and inspiring conversation about the interesting progression of his career, what led him to discover an entirely new perspective on fitness, and the turning point conversations he had with mentors that were instrumental in guiding him towards his path.

Things also get a little science-y and technical as we hear about all that he has learned from his current position as one of the leading Crossfit coaches in the world. Known internationally for his extensive knowledge and practical experience developing aerobic capacity in athletes of all experience levels using his comprehensive, cutting edge approach to training, Chris is widely considered one of the top endurance coaches in the world and is the founder of

Chris Hinshaw has coached hundreds of athletes and professionals, including 32 CrossFit Games Champions and is the founder of A former All American swimmer and world-class professional triathlete, his top international finishes include a 2nd place overall finish at the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships, 2nd place overall finish at the Ironman World Championships in Canada, and a 1st place overall finish at Ironman Brazil.


Brad introduces his guest who has a very interesting story to tell about how he got into coaching CrossFit champions. [01:30]

Chris describes how a new and different shoe brought him back to serious running. [07:12]

What kind of concessions do we need to make as we age and yet want to keep running? [10:15]

There is much to worry about as you get older as far as athletic performance. [14:04]

Chris’s history with the Ironman is epic and then evolved into CrossFit. [19:17]

Because he had neglected muscles by just exclusively doing triathlon, he was advised to try CrossFit. It gave him his health back. [28:12]

Your body may break down but your brain may still tell you you can do it. [31:56]

Making a career change was a risk but the right thing to do. [44:57]

How did Chris’s method fix the missing piece in CrossFit training? It starts with pacing. [51:52]

CrossFit is for people who weren’t good at anything. [55:41]

Chris Hinshaw has changed the sport of CrossFit. The people who are interested in CrossFit have disparate goals. He personalizes it for them. [58:17]

What is a standard rate of fatigue for a non-runner? [01:02:05]

Some people perform CrossFit at a high level and too frequently. That is not beneficial in the long run. [01:12:51]

The high intensity creates that fatigue, the low intensity clears the fatigue. [01:15:02]


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