• Misbah Haque

Inside The Mind w/ Ben Smith

Ben Smith is one of a select few athletes who has competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games every year since 2009 (8 consecutive appearances). He has finished on the Games podium four times, and won it all in 2015 to become the Fittest Man On Earth. Consistency and hard work is the secret sauce -- but we get to dig a little deeper in this conversation.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • How Ben mentally handles ruts in training 

  • What’s going through his head in a workout -- both competition and training environments

  • Relatable characteristics the everyday athlete and coach can take away from Ben’s journey

Show Notes:

  • (2:30) - Over 8 years of competing, what has evolved the most in terms of how you prepare for the Games?

  • (4:25) - “Mistakes” made early on that you’ve learned from

  • (5:55) - What was your biggest weakness? And what did you do to make it a strength?

  • (7:45) - What is going through your head when you sit down to write your own programming?

  • (9:35) - How do you measure and track your progress? 

  • (11:25) - How do you handle yourself mentally in a competition vs day to day training?

  • (12:45) - Do you experience mental ruts in training? How do you handle that?

  • (14:20) - Being a gym owner and an athlete

  • (15:05) - What’s the environment like at CF Krypton?

  • (16:30) - If someone had an extra 15 minutes to improve their movement or performance, how could they best spend those 15 minutes?

  • (18:00) - When you’re doing a workout, what is going through your head?

  • (20:30) - What are some tools that the everyday CrossFitter can start using in their own training?

  • (21:30) - What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not training?

  • (22:40) - What does the first 60-90 minutes of your day look like?

  • (23:10) - What’s your nutrition look like?

  • (24:05) - If I opened your fridge, what are some staples I would find?

  • (26:18) - Biggest influences

  • (26:45) - What’re you excited about right now?

  • (28:35) - If you had one year to live, and everything you’ve done was wiped out, what would you do to get back to where you are?

  • (27:40) - What should a coach or athlete takeaway from this podcast? How can they make themselves better today from listening to this?

  • (29:52) - How can we support your journey?

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