Andy Petranek opened the 9th ever CrossFit gym (CrossFit LA) in 2004, qualified for The CrossFit Games in 2009 at age 43, and co-founded the global Whole Life Challenge in 2012…though today I learned that it’s been going on much longer than that.

A CrossFit trainer for over 11 years with certifications in Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, Pose Method Running (among many many others), as well as a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. He knows a lot about a lot and we talk about a lot.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Mad Lab and the business of a CrossFit gym
  • Teaching kids and young adults about structure, discipline, and a growth mindset
  • The Whole Life Challenge: building an inclusive nutrition-based challenge and taking it global
  • The importance of sleep
  • Sweating the small stuff: swing and a miss or critical growth point?
  • Context with rules in nutrition challenges
  • Spiritual psychology in physical training and how self-judgement impacts everything
  • Fitness trackers we use

Keep up with Andy on Instagram @AndyPetranek, Facebook, and Twitter.

Make sure to listen to The Whole Life Challenge Podcast.

To learn more about The Whole Life Challenge visit

Other stuff we talked about:

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Fossil Q Hybrid
Dry Farm Wines

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