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Chris Hinshaw: The Man, Mind, And Coach For Mat Fraser, Rich Froning, Tia Clair Toomey, And Team Mayhem — Barbell Shrugged #379

Chris Hinshaw specializes in aerobic capacity coaching and programming for CrossFit athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and sports specialists.   Hinshaw has successfully coached 28 CrossFit Games champions and his athletes have filled more than 38 podium spots since 2013.

A former All American swimmer and an experienced professional triathlete with 10 Ironman finishes with 7 Ironman’s in Kona, Hawaii.  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.  He has been a CrossFit athlete since 2008.

CrossFit Headquarters selected Coach Chris as their Subject Matter Expert (“SME”) in Aerobic Capacity.  He specializes in endurance coaching for the CrossFit athlete. Hinshaw is a founding partner of Brute Strength as well as former NorCal CrossFit coach from 2012-2018. He currently shares his coaching and endurance programming through aerobiccapacity.com and travels the world to teach his coaching methodology via his CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity.

He is the endurance coach to hundreds of athletes that range from the day-to-day fitness enthusiast looking to efficiently and effectively improve their aerobic fitness to professional surfers, Olympians, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champions to more than three-dozen podium athletes & teams since the 2013 CrossFit Games including Mat Fraser, Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Katrin Daviosdottir, Tia Clair Toomey, Kara Webb, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Julie Foucher.  

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged, we talk with Hinshaw about delivering on the opportunities you get, coaching world class athletes, how to train swimming with Crossfit athletes, his first fight with Rich, the true job of a coach, special “tricks” Hinshaw uses to develop a competitors mindset, and much more.


– Anders and Doug

Episode Breakdown:

⚡️0-10: Airport delays, the best only focus on what they can control, delivering on the opportunities you get, and coaching world class athletes

⚡️11-20: Fraser’s near death experience in the water, how to train swimming with Crossfit athletes, and how to utilize adrenaline in swim workouts

⚡️21-30: “The Fear of Drowning” workout, what swimming is really about, Chris’s first fight with Rich, and should you breath in or out before swimming across the pool?

⚡️31-40: What’s the purpose of what you’re doing?, what Chris recommends you do to learn how to kick properly, compressing the amount of learning time for people, identifying the inefficient link in an athlete, and building muscular endurance for swimming

⚡️ 41-50:  The job of a coach is to make athletes competent, contact in swimming and the panic that causes, why Chris likes to “accidentally on purpose” hit his athletes in the swimming pool, maximizing your athletes adaptation, knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing in order to show your athletes why this is the most valuable use of their time,  and communicating with your athletes in a way that has value to them

⚡️51-60: How a coach can teach athletes the competitors mindset and utilizing limited  training time to maximize Crossfit athletes aerobic capacity

⚡️61-70: Haley Adams jumps on the mic, how Chris trains teen Crossfit athletes and what he sees as the best use of their time, practicing race pace to prime your body for the actual race, is your limiting factor absolute strength or muscular endurance? How do you continue to make adaptations in athletes with high training ages?  

⚡️71-80: What variance means to Chris, how to get into road biking, and the importance of the crossover effect

⚡️81-90: Coaching mastery in your fitness domain, creating independent athletes, the sure fire way to burn yourself and your athletes out, what the only true benchmark in coaching is, and as a coach how you fit into the puzzle

⚡️91-100: Where Chris see’s room for growth in his coaching journey, a workout you can do when you’re looking for a new experience, getting athletes to take ownership of their training, and why recovery is king

⚡️101-110: What your priority should be in training, training for the average person, developing a broad range of ability and utilizing proper time domains to get there, and the core population of Crossfit

⚡️111-124:  The time Chris almost made Rich a quadrapledric, why you probably don’t truly want to compete at the Crossfit Games, worldwide reactions to the recent changes in Crossfit, chasing passion and excellence over money, the value of creating a worldwide brand, the community down in Cookeville, TN, and where you can find Chris and Haley.
























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