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Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World's Fittest Athletes

Written by: Ben Bergeron
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Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
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CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world's fittest athletes, but he's not like other coaches. He believes that greatness is not for the elite few; that winning is a result, not a goal; and that character, not talent, is what makes a true champion. His powerful philosophy can help anyone excel at all aspects of life.

Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. The mindset and methodology that have produced some of the greatest athletes in the world's most grueling sport can work equally well for golfers, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs - anyone who's willing to commit totally to becoming better than the best.

By Chasing Excellence, you'll discover how extraordinary it's possible for you to be.

©2017 Ben Bergeron (P)2017 Ben Bergeron
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If you’re not an athlete, skip this

There's nothing groundbreaking in this book, and in its genre, there are way better books out there. If you are an athlete or like sports performance literature, you might like this. Otherwise, I'd say move on. This read more like a marketing campaign because of how rooted it is in crossfit. The foreword alone was revealing: all that was said was "Ben was an amazing coach. Changed my mindset." Beyond that? Nothing really. So little about the actual topic (excellence) and so much about the athletes and games.

It took a whole hour of listening before one value was even mentioned: grit. The rest of the time? crossfit this and that. It was truly a test of mental strength to get through this book. Most of it was just fluff that seems inspiring, but don't expect nuts and bolts here. Hire Ben for that.

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Very interesting

Super interesting short book and a look into the mind of a great coach and some incredible athletes.
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Inspiring

#Audible1 , great insight on the process of what it takes to be successful in CrossFit and life.

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Sever take away!!

This book was exactly what you would expect from Ben. Inspiring and motivating and yet realistic and humble. The ideas and philosophies contained in these pages lay the ground work for achieving greatness in any arena in life, not just the Crossfit floor. This is a book I will revisit multiple times in life.

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Inspirational

If you chase perfection you can catch success. It won't happen overnight. Now get to work.

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  • Will Sanderson
  • 2018-08-06

Great if you love crossfit, good if you don't

Ben does a fantastic job writing a convicting book about excellence. He does so through the lens of the crossfit games, which if you are a fan of crossfit is fascinating. There are a lot of cool anecdotes and interesting behind the scenes stories about the games that you don't get even if you watched the documentaries about them. However, it is not a book about crossfit. It is a book about excellence told through the lens of crossfit.

Some may have a hard time applying Ben's principles to their lives. There will be a good amount of thought that will be needed and probably some sitting down to figure out how and what can carry over. But in general the book is solid. Certainly punches above its weight class in regards to its length. And to be honest the introduction chapter alone should be enough to get the mind running on how to change and improve life.

Most of the time when someone picks up a book on living better or, in this case, excellent they are looking more for motivation and a few good tips, maybe hearing something in a different way. That is what you get with this book. It is extremely motivating, and it especially helps to hear it in Ben's voice. Solid book, and anyone who is into the self improvement genre would do well to add this to their library and visit it with some regularity.

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  • Hannah Brisson
  • 2018-05-06

I've been listening to this book on loop for 1 mo.

I happen to be a CrossFit athlete but I apply these concepts to just about everything. These concepts are not anything new, nor does Bergeron try to convince you that these are original ideas. If you read/study stoicism at all, much of this material will sound familiar. It's incredibly well written/read in a sense that he does not try to put on a show of how I telligwnt he can sound. He just talks sans fluff. Great, quick read/listen that I would suggest for anyone.

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  • Javier
  • 2018-01-09

Awesome book if you are into Crossfit

If you're a Crossfit athlete or you're into Crossfit anyhow you'll love this book for sure and you'll love all the Crossfit stories given as an example to illustrate Bergeron's words. He teaches you how to achieve the mindset of a true champion by focussing on the details and the process instead of on the ultimate goal . By redefining your definition of success you'll get anything you want without thinking about it.

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  • James Welsh
  • 2019-06-19

inspiring

This book is about the pursuit of excellence and while it doesn't give you a map or path to follow it does some great examples. The end goal is important but more importantly are the individual goals.

I am currently on a weight loss journey. Down 25 lbs and hoping to lose another 51 lbs. Those numbers don't mean anything without action. The routine I build every morning afternoon and night will dictate the result. There will be failures and setbacks but a positive realistic mindset with focus can pull you through inch by inch.

Good read to give you some motivation to get work done. Whether its working out or saving money or something to do at work this is a good read for you.

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  • Jessica Crandall
  • 2018-01-23

Trust the process

I really love Bergeron’s approach to life and this book lays it out succinctly and engagingly as told through the lens of the 2016 crossfit games. I will listen to this many more times when I need a reminder to trust the process and focus on excellence. Awesome book!

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  • shayne
  • 2020-06-17

Good story loved it

Loved the story, different than most sports stories. The cf games lends itself to the mental game better than most sports

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  • Alix Landriault
  • 2020-06-02

Full of Wisdom and Energy

As soon as I finished it, I was ready to listen through again. It's constructive and motivational. So glad the author read it himself.

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  • Anthony Gonzalez
  • 2020-03-24

Amazing Read

I probably listen to this book once a month. It’s a gut check for chasing excellence in my fitness journey, in my coaching journey, in my work journey, and even in my mom and wife journey. If you don’t listen to this book and fall in love with the grind all over again I’ll call you a liar! Love having this audiobook to remind me to put in the work, every single day.

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  • David A.
  • 2020-03-14

Second half is worth it all

This is a really good book. The first half of the book is pretty standard for this genre but the second half is what sets it apart. The author gives the reader several key components for success and it is those that separate this book from most others on the success shelf.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-04

“We don’t do that here....”

Solid message. Surprised as it was such a short / easy read. Easy to apply many examples from book to life, work and pursuing whatever you’re into.
Positive ; Even readers with a great life should hope to benefit from a little Coach Ben on bad days.
Enjoyed details of the Process / scalability that applies to many disciplines.