Jonathan is the CEO of Aj&Smart which is a Berlin based Design agency.
Jonathan goes through how he transformed his small agency to one of the most requested design and product agencies in the world and how he went from not earning money to making millions of euros.
He also runs a very popular podcast about product design and to be honest it covers a lot about doing business in general in Silicon Valley. The Podcasts name is “The Product Breakfast Club” and is available on most platforms out there.
In todays episode we were happy to host the author, mentor & entrepreneur Chris Cooper.
Topics of the podcast were:
How Chris started his business and where he is right now
Setting up a business for success
Silent knowledge and how to teach people
How to source and find personnel
How to manage with time
Chris Coopers new book “Founder, Farmer, Tinker & Thief”
Coopers favourite books
He is well known within the CrossFit world but his practices are and should be used by other industries as well and for us it was inspiring to talk to a person that has helped so many to turn around their business and make their dream come true.
He keeps on mentoring after already mentoring over 2000 businesses and turning many of them from bankruptcy into wealth machines. The motivation and the drive comes from his urge keeping people from doing the same mistakes as he has been doing.
Check out his homepage: http://www.twobrainbusiness.com
Download and buy his book: https://amzn.to/2yhIHm8
Favorite quote: “Advice is a lot like medicine. The wrong dosage at the wrong time, can actually poison you”
Author books: Twobrain business Help first Two brain Business 2.0
Adrian Bozman has been working with CrossFit for over 10 years and has gathered a lot of insight and experience of how to coach people.
He shares what he likes to read, and if he would open an affiliate and how that would be from the experience he has visiting hundreds (thousands?) of boxes world wide by now.
In this podcast episode we met Tony Neal at the German Throwdown and sat down and had a conversation.
Sadly the first 15 min didnt get recorded but still the conversation was good.
Tony founded one of the first CrossFit affiliates in the military base called Liberty and therefore the affiliate got the name CrossFit Liberty. Tony then moved to Germany where he now lives and runs his affiliate.
Tony shares his story and his passion for helping people, training and beer. We talk about how to be productive and effective as husband and father of four kids.
EGregor Schregle is one of the pioneers of CrossFit in Germany and is the founder and owner of CrossFit Rhein-Neckar.
He is also known as the guy who programs the German Throwdown workouts and well known and liked by the community.
We dive in to discussion about health and how to drive people more into a healthy lifestyle and especially how hard it is to bring your family to understand that CrossFit is not about being a muscle up monster.
We also talk about specific requires he has for people to achieve before doing more advanced techniques and skills within crossfit.
More about Gregor and his box you can find here:
We had a pleasure of meeting Adrian Mundwiler during the German Throwdown 2017 in Mainz, Germany. Adrian is a CrossFit Games athlete who currently trains in CrossFit St. Moritz in Swiss Alps, hence his nickname, the Mountain Man.
He is a former ice hockey player with a mindset of steel and has proven to be one of the fittest guys on earth.
You can follow him on instagram @adrianmundwiler.
Good luck mountain man!
Events like German Throwdown are very important for new sports and it is important to have professionals taking care of them.
This episode we meet Benedict Gebhardt who is the Managing director of the German Throwdown. He comes from a totally different realm of sports but fell in love with CrossFit while studying and being a semi-pro in golf in USA.
In this episode we talk about how CrossFit can grow in Europe and how the future looks like in Germany. We also talk about the importance of having a fitness routine outside your regular sports such as Golf, Rugby and Ice-hockey.
Benedict also tells us about his urge to open an own box and how that pivoted him into getting to know the founder of German Throwdown leading him at the end to become the man in charge.
The event grew unexpectedly last year and he got sponsors like Reebok, Foodspring and Eleiko to help to run the event. This year we some changes in the lineup and the event will be more prepared for more expectators.
We hope that German Throwdown will ignite the CrossFit torch in Europe for real and that it will inspire more kids to start doing CrossFit.
Finals are held 11-12 November! Get your tickets now and support this great event.
Anyone that has met Chris Hinshaw will probably confirm that he is intense, in a good way. He doesn’t leave anything to chance. This is probably also the reason why he could compete and be successful as an ironman athlete and businessman. Many top athletes have now started to listen to Chris and his methodology since he started coaching Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jason Khalipa, Rich Froning, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Tia-Claire Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir and Mat Fraser. Meaning almost all top 10 athletes in the games had something to do with Chris. Was this just by accident? We don’t think so.
In this quite long episode we handle many many subjects and to be honest we had the feeling there was still left to talk about. Chris shares and gives a lot of his knowledge through many platforms and he did not hold back in this episode either. We talk about different ways to program smarter to be able to do more pull ups, handstand push ups, thrusters and much more.
Chris also shares what was his initial spark to begin with triathlons and to start with Ironmans and we believe this has some great take-aways for parents and/or any kind of coach out there.
Feel free to comment and give us feedback. Happy to hear what you have to say.
This time we meet two icelandic twins. That do Crossfit. And have a crossfit box. That’s a quite good USP.
Elin and Jakobina Jonsdottir.
Jakobina is probably the one more recognize from being in the crossfit scene for a while. Workout buddy to ie Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir.
But Elin is not a stranger in the crossfit scene. Mather of fact she was one of the first crossfitters in Sweden.
in this episode we talk about starting a business, what to be prepared for, what to watch out for, and how to combine this with having families and kids.
Also we go into a dive talking about what it takes to make it to the games and we also talk about role models and people we admire.
We ask if Crossfit is dangerous for women and what happens to the women body after pregnancy. Definitely not things we knew about.
If you go to Iceland anytime soon. You should. Then stop by at Grandi101 and visit this girls.
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In this weeks podcast episode 8 we meet Giannis Geiss who is not only insanely fast runner, but also strong and funny.
He started the Berlin Throwdown in 2015 and it has now grown and is held in Berlins second largest sports arena. We get to know what the aim and goal is for the Throwdown. Giannis has gone to several events and competed him self and found inspiration and seen what is good and what is bad.
He tells us the story behind how he came to CrossFit and what motivates him as a coach and box owner at CrossFit Icke.
We also talk about how it is to go from track and field to playing rugby.
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In this episode we had the honor to talk to Kelly Starrett, which is a legend whiten the Crossfit realm, but also within the professional sports in the USA. He has coached and helped top tiers from all professional leagues like the NBA, NFL and NHL.
As a former national champion in kayaking he is also well known within the paddling sports giving best practice and expertise in these sports.
He is the co-founder of Crossfit San Francisco and Mobility Wod, and has written several books and best sellers like “Supple Leopard”, “Deskbound” and “Ready to run”. He has also together with his wife started an organisation called Standupkids.org which aim to get kids off the chairs and become mobile in school.
In this episode we hear the story of how Kelly came in contact with CrossFit, and how his idea of Mobility Wod came to be. We also get to know how he came up with the idea of using resistant bands to create distraction in the joins while mobilizing.
He shares his favorite books and reveals how his advice turned up sales by $40 Million in a couple of months.
Find out more about Mobility wod here:
Elli Hachmann who is german weightlifting champion, joins the Podcast in this episode and we talk about training, hard life choices, nutrition and also how to pronounce Hamburg correctly.
She also shares some secrets on having a balanced nutrition and what some common mistakes here are.
Also hear her TOP 5 pro tips to become a better weightlifter.
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Ramon Gysin from CrossFit Basel is the guy who introduced CrossFit to Europe and has schooled most European coaches you can meet.
He is also a world champion in powerlifting and weightlifting and posses several domestic and international records.
2012 he won one of the regional events in Europe and now focuses on coaching athletes to the games via Jami Tikkanens “The Training Plan” and had 20 athletes going to the CrossFit Games Regional events. From his own box he sent Alessia Joy Wälchli to represent Switzerland in the Regionals 2017.
Ramon tells us why it is important to lift heavy and to keep challenging your comfort zone. He runs two affiliates, runs events and is practically everywhere.
be sure to follow him on instagram: @mr_glutes
and if you want to get to know the next seminars (weightliftining, crossfit, mindfulness, etc.) check out his homepage.
Sorry for the poor Skype connection….
Karl Dyall is a swedish actor, singer, dancer, father, former national team tae kwan do, entrepreneur and crossfit games athlete – making him the fittest guy in Sweden for his age group and almost fittest guy in the world.
He is the owner of CrossFit Solid that has had their Team going to the games several times and he has trained Lukas Högberg as he just got started.
Karl shares a story about how it is coming down crashing and start all over and he tell us the simple way of how to get out of the hole.
If you seek inspiration and advice you should listen to this guy.
You can find Karl on Instagram at:
Find his box in central Stockholm here:
In this episode we meet Lasse Rantala from Tampere who is a multi-talented physio, coach, athlete and founder of CrossFit 33100 Reebok and also CrossFit 33400.
He is also the founder of a new training protocol called the Athlete Training Protocol which is a holistic training protocol for performance athletes. Taking on nutrition, sleep and training for any kind of sport. Lasse does this in collaboration with WodConnect.
Find his home training protocol here:
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In this episode we meet the fittest guy in Latin America, Marco Casali.
He got to the second place in the Reebok CrossFit Games 2016 and has now also qualified for the regionals in 2017.
He has recently opened up his own box called “El Camino” and shares his experience of being a guy always in movement.
He radiates passion and mindfulness for everyone to hear in this episode.
Check out El Camino CrossFit here:
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