“Be easy. Life is good.”
– Jason Khalipa
Jason Khalipa (@jasonkhalipa IG, Twitter) is one of the fittest men in the world – a title that was officially his when he won the CrossFit Games in 2008. He is an 8-time CrossFit Games competitor, a 3-time Team USA CrossFit member, and — among other athletic feats — he has deadlifted 550 pounds, squatted 450 pounds, and performed 64 pullups at a bodyweight of 210 pounds.
This podcast also has a bunch of video bonuses and tutorials from Jason, which you can find at youtube.com/timferriss.
Beyond sports, Jason is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of NC Fit, which has more than 20 locations in 8 different cities. And he is the co-founder of “Box to Business,” a non-profit that helps gyms become profitable businesses. Jason uses the proceeds from “Box to Business” to help fight pediatric cancer.
In this episode, we cover a lot of cool stuff, including:
- His training and diet
- The hardest workouts he’s ever performed
- The mentor who taught him how to sell anything
- How he and his family has coped with his daughter’s battle with cancer
- How he’s navigated going from competitive athlete to business owner
- And much, much more
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Jason Khalipa:
- CrossFit Games
- 2008 CrossFit Games
- CrossFit WOD: Fran by Will Lanier, Men’s Fitness
- “Fight Gone Bad” CrossFit WOD Demo via WODwell
- RISE Challenge via NC Fit
- Jason Khalipa Teaching a Basic Snatch
- Thoracic Extension with Kelly Starrett via MobilityWOD
- How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban
- CrossFit Star Faces Daughter’s Leukemia by Using His Celebrity Status for Greater Good by Stacy Finz, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
- The AMRAP Mentality by Jason Khalipa
- AMRAP Mindset with Jason Khalipa
- Western Digital
- What did Jason have for breakfast today? [02:04]
- What were the advantages Jason had (at his peak) for standing out in CrossFit? [03:18]
- Tests Jason would use to gauge a CrossFit beginner’s fitness. [05:12]
- What is a “fight gone bad” workout? [05:56]
- What advice would Jason give to an accomplished athlete who wants to start their own gym or fitness line? [11:25]
- Most important decisions Jason made when preparing to start his business. [13:26]
- How did Jason initially get his mentor to spend time with him? [15:20]
- What was Jason’s “why” when he began competing in the CrossFit Games? [16:04]
- What triggered Jason’s course correction from slacking class clown to driven fitness magnate? [18:08]
- How might one of Jason’s NC Fit coaches create a new CrossFit program? [22:13]
- How does Jason safely introduce Olympic lifting in a CrossFit beginner’s routine? [24:05]
- Advice for someone entering CrossFit with bad thoracic mobility. [25:07]
- How did Jason build his aerobic capacity with Chris Hinshaw without sacrificing his size or strength? [26:10]
- What did Jason’s nutrition look like at the peak of his training? Did he have any go-to supplements? [27:34]
- What does Jason picture his workout to be when he hits sixty? [29:21]
- Where does Jason see room for improvement in his own routine now? [30:08]
- Jason talks about the components of a good marriage, and how his daughter Ava’s leukemia diagnosis has affected the family. [31:13]
- What practices and routines help Jason’s family through Ava’s treatment? [35:36]
- Advice for parents receiving such a diagnosis for their child. [37:03]
- What is the AMRAP mentality? [38:26]
- Jason explains his goals for operating a service-based fitness business. [42:37]
- What advice would Jason give his 2008 CrossFit Games champion self? [43:39]
- How does Jason quantify balance in his work and personal life? [44:52]
- Favorite book. [46:55]
- Morning rituals and daily routines. [47:27]
- Wearing so many hats, does Jason ever have difficulty sleeping? [49:43]
- Does Jason have any wind-down routines or bedtime rituals? [50:35]
- Who does Jason go to for business advice? [51:07]
- What makes a good salesperson? [53:06]
- What does a good “smile and dial” sales call sound like for Jason? [54:10]
- What kind of facility tour translates into a sale? [54:53]
- What would Jason’s billboard say? [56:24]
- B.J. Penn
- Greg Glassman
- Ralph Gracie
- Kelly Starrett
- Chris Hinshaw
- Mark Cuban
- Ava Khalipa
- Ashley Khalipa
- Paul Gomez
- Mike Cordano
- Jerry Kagele
- Joe Gigantino
- Jarett Perelmutter
- Mark Bell
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