CrossFit Radio, Episode 115

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Radio

April 14, 2010

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On this episode of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Co-Director of Training Nicole Carroll and Underground Strength Coach owner Zach Even-Esh. Episode 115 was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

2:35 Nicole Carroll of CrossFit HQ came on the show to talk about the Coaches Prep Course, a recent addition to CrossFit’s seminar and certification offerings. Carroll explained what’s covered during the two-day seminar and mentioned that it was created after trainers expressed their desire for an intermediary step between Level 1 and Level 2 certs. Nicole also talked about the international accreditation process CrossFit is undergoing through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and how the Level 2 certs are currently on hold as they’re brought in line with ANSI standards. She explained how the certifications are always changing and evolving to produce better trainers, with one addition being the test that is now given at the end of Level 1 Certs.

30:15 Zach Even-Esh is the owner of Underground Strength Coach/CrossFit Underground. In his entertaining style, he talked about how he went from teaching school for 11 years to coaching and training athletes full time. Zach talked about the need to have the right mindset as an affiliate owner and explained how he constantly feeds his mind and strives to improve in every aspect of his life. According to the man from Dirty Jersey, this approach spills over into owning an affiliate.

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7 Comments on “CrossFit Radio, Episode 115”


wrote …

Zach.. You are the man.. You have to be a repeat guest!!

Any word on Episode 114?? Really curious as to what Boz had to say.

Great show though usual


replied to comment from Nick Covino

Thanks for listening and commenting. We are working on 114 and should have it fixed soon. Sorry about the delay.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Nick, thnx bro, we're doing a part II as Justin had a ton of questions about training athletes, especially wrestlers, and we gotta crank that out!!

We're makin it happen and I'm honored BIG time to be considered for the CF radio Show!

Thank YOU!



wrote …

JJ - awesome show! you gotta have Zach on more often. I think you and Zach would work great together as show hosts.
Zach - you are very inspiring man, thanks for sharing!



wrote …

JJ, 115 was great as ever. Both interviews were real relevant. Thank YOU!

The one question I would ask Nicole is why New England is like a black hole on the map of level 1 certs? Are we really that behind in CrossFitting populations?

Zach: people that go for it inspire the rest of us! More than blind faith, you put real effort into your leap. I wish you all the good fortune I can send. Why can't families be more supportive, right. Don't they have any faith at all? Or would they rather see you die a slow death on a safe bet? Hell, it's not their life to waste! Cheers!


wrote …

JJ, And Zach very inspiring. I have replayed this episode 4 times! It is my hope that you will be back again.

Best Regards,



wrote …

Wow! I'm in the process of listening to every episode of CFR, and just listened to this episode this morning on the way to work. It was so good, I have listen to it again on the way home.

JJ - I think this is one of the best episodes every, except for all the other ;)

Zach - incredibly motivating and inspiring, man. Thanks a lot for sharing.

I can't wait until I find part II !


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