StrongBox Radio: Fitness for Strong Families

By Mitch Harris

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We're a group of coaches and athletes seeking to live big lives by challenging ourselves with meaningful missions and building solid connections. StrongBox is on a mission to help 1000 people build strong lives and lead their families well. We're curious, analytical, and want to provide bite-sized audio coaching for you on a regular basis.

Episode Date
Squat Strength, the Strength Tree, and Simple Fitness in 2021 - Coffee with Coach Mitch 001

Why you shouldn't do 1-rep-maxes

Teaching your body what to do with food

One simple trick to be strong for life.

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Jan 04, 2021
The Other Side - Teaching and Coaching Through Disruption with Nate Molby - VFP010

In this far-ranging discussion, Nate Molby and Coach Mitch discuss the disruption in routine, training, and health that everyone is facing, and share strategies and mindsets for pursuing mission on the other side. 

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Jun 21, 2020
Use Your Quarantine! A Conversation With Vince Vallez of CrossFit Elmhurst VFP009

Vince Vallez is the owner of CrossFit Elmhurst, and is a formidable athlete, coach, and business owner in the Northwest Suburbs. In this episode, we dive into...

All things coronavirus (that we're qualified to) and  coaching philosophy digital coaching finding the opportunities in chaos.

You won't want to miss this episode, so put us on double speed and cozy up.

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Mar 23, 2020
6 Week Fit Habits Team Challenge ep.008

Why to people hate New Year's Resolutions? 

Maybe because they've broken promises they've made to themselves before. 

Maybe it's because they don't like fun. 

Maybe some other fitness influencer said "resolution bad"

We like em. 

Here's why: 

When you combine the fun and energy from a Challenge and New Year with sustainable habits and behavior change, you get a winning result. 

This episode breaks down: 

  • Rules and methods of our new 6 Week challenge
  • The Teams and how to sign up
  • Our never-before-shared fit habits framework. 

Listen up and schedule your orientation soon


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Dec 30, 2019
How NOT to Suck at Setting Goals for 2020 and Keep Your Progress Forever ep.007

Why do most New Year's Resolutions fail?

It's not because the goals are bad. It's because there's a disconnect between what you want and how you need to get there.

In this episode we explore:

the problem with most resolutions how the SMART framework falls short the Goal Cake a.k.a. building the map to your future self the Habit Approach and how to use willpower right

Get your fitness fix and lay those bricks.


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Dec 27, 2019
How to Come Back Stronger/The Setback Episode with Mitch and Joey
How do you "get back on track" after suffering an injury or illness. Well your coaches are in the middle of both, and thus they have some insight into how it feels to be derailed from their training goals. Joey talks about his injury and Mitch talks about his illness, and they dive deep into the process for coming back stronger than ever. --- Send in a voice message:
May 19, 2019
How to Stay SUPER Fit After Fifty- Titus Von Titus guests ep.004
Titus Von Titus (not his real name) is one of the "Gym Dads" of StrongBox Fitness. He's also my (Mitch) actual dad. Titus is your classic busy executive who has a handle on the elusive work-life balance, and manages to give every young buck in his CrossFit gym a run for their money. In this episode we talk about his athletic background, his method for staying healthy and fit on the road, peaking for competition, and his advice for everyone who wants to be as active and able as they can as they age. --- Send in a voice message:
Apr 13, 2019
You Suck At Setting Goals; the Three Pillars of Good Goals and the Traps to Avoid, Ep. 002
Do you have trouble coming up with good goals that motivate you to become better? Or do you start out strong and fizzle out? On this episode, Mitch and Joey talk about the big traps that prevent you from getting to your goals, the finer points of common goal setting methods, and their personal favorite athletic accomplishments. Show Notes: SMART goals outline: (In the episode, we said "R" was for Relevant, which it sometimes is in this framework.) --- Send in a voice message:
Mar 31, 2019
Are You Fit? Defining Fitness for Health and Sport with Mitch and Joey, Ep.001
Welcome to the Village Fitness Podcast! On the first episode, Mitch and Joey dive into the weeds on defining fitness and discussing how to approach lifelong health in the easiest way possible. Spoiler: getting a coach makes everything go faster and easier. Notes: "What Is Fitness?" by Greg Glassman --- Send in a voice message:
Mar 31, 2019
How to Plan Your Workouts for a Competitive Season (A.K.A. Closing the Open) Ep. 003
In this episode we recap the (first) CrossFit Open of 2019. How do you plan your workouts for a distant competition? What has to be in order before you decide you want to hammer out hard workouts? Mitch and Joey talk about values, "leaderboarding" responsibly, and trash talking Tyler. --- Send in a voice message:
Mar 31, 2019