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Spend an enlightening hour with Jenn and Sam just 10 days before they expect their first child to be born. You’ll learn more about the Dancer Foundation, their love story, and all the principles they live by in order to bring a human into this world and spread LOVE! Jenn and Sam describe what makes great parents and which attributes they hope Baby Star inherits from them. Sam and Jenn also describe their plans to spread awareness and education about pre- and post-natal health for baby and moms. We wish nothing but the best for this inspiring family of of 3!
UPDATE: Baby Star was born via home birth on Friday, October 16th. Everyone is doing great!
We talk with Colleen Fotsch, about her illustrious Swimming career, her interning as a strength and conditioning coach, becoming an elite CrossFit Athlete, her YouTube Vlog and now being chosen to try out for the USA Bobsled Team in Lake Placid, NY. We also talk about Colleen's body image issues during her swimming career, finding a home for her muscular body in CrossFit and now having the perfect body and stature for a bobsledder.
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In this week's episode, Courtney Roselle tells us all about her experiences growing up in sports, modeling, the WWE, CrossFit, and most recently as a finalist on this season's Titan Games on NBC. Courtney, the youngest of 6, is a true Jersey girl and a refreshing combination of beauty and braun. A defensive powerhouse playing college basketball, Courtney has found several outlets for that energy and athleticism as a young adult.
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We talk with Sam about growing up as a hockey player and his attempt to go pro only to have to pivot from that goal due to an accident. A friend then convinced him to give CrossFit a try and within a few short years Sam has stormed onto the CrossFit Scene to become the 10th Fittest Man in the world! We also discuss Sam being a Mayhem Athlete and the support he has recieved from the crew at Mayhem, plus getting to work out in Rich's Barn during phase 1 of the CrossFit Games
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Saxon talks about getting ready for this year's CrossFit Games during the most tumultuous year in the history of CrossFit. Throughout the interview Saxon was focused and determined to be ready. We talked about his wedding, his new dog Nellie, the Rogue Invitational, and the PFAA. Some really surprising and poignant!
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We met Julie Rappaport at the Masters Fitness Collective Championship where she was dominating her 45-49 Division through Day 3. We learn more about Julie's athletic past in CA as a D1 Soccer player, and follow her personal and athletic journey through Team and Individual performances at the CrossFit Games. Julie also tells us a great story about how she casually won a National Championship in the Clean & Jerk. Julie was in 6th place after the Age Group Online Qualifier heading into the CrossFit Games this year when COVID hit and Masters and Teens were cut from the Games. Her appearance at the MFC Championship was to be her "Games" for 2020. You'll hear how everything turned out and what's next for this ageless dynamo!!!
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Miranda talks about how she found CrossFit back in the early days. How she was hired on at CrossFit HQ, her car accident that was made into a CrossFit Journal Story. How she experienced disappointment at the 2015 CrossFit Games and the NorCal Team, then explains how that set up a list of events where she started Street Parking and built it to the most successful entity outside of CrossFit.
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Jenna walks us through what it is like to have OCD that can be debilitating at times. She talks to us about how she overcame this to move forward from not being able to leave her house to fully functioning again, having another set back and fighting her way back again. She also talks about how she met Heber, how they have navigated life together and how hard it was for her to tell him about her OCD.
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We talk to Ben about living in a household full of athletes, how he met his wife, how the proposal went down, and the birth of his beautiful daughter. We learn about the training programs has available and his love for programming. We also touch on his criticism of how programming was done at some sanctionals, and was surprised to hear that there is now a professional organization representing the athletes, something Ben had been trying to do for years. We finish talking about his games experiences and finish up with his victory at the 2015 CrossFit Games plus a whole lot more.
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Erin Smith was on full Scholarship at Ohio Northern University to play Volleyball. Just before her Sophomore year her and her friends were in a horrific motorcycle accident where a drunk driver crossed the median on Interstate 71 and hit them head on. Erin was the only one of her friends to survive the accident, but was faced with an uphill battle to just gain a sense of normalcy. Erin's family reached out to several trainers to see if they would work with Erin and after countless no's, Marcus Creaturo said yes and the journey to becoming functional again, eventually making Erin a CrossFit Athlete!
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Scott and Cat sit down with Kelly Baker member of the Meat Squad Team that qualified for the Games out of the Filthy 150. We talk about how competitive she is and how that forced her to find activities outside of the traditional rec leagues, She started running marathons, and found CrossFit as a way to release the competitive side of her. More importantly she talks about how most her life she competed to gain acceptance from others and now she is at a point that what she does she does for herself and she isn't going to be meek about it. She wants to do things that scare her and are outside her comfort zone. She wants to help children understand body image issues and combat the societal norms when it comes to gender stereotypes. This is a fascinating interview that I think you all will enjoy.
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We talk with Mike and Sage Bergener about how they came up with the Bergener warm up, what it was like for Mike to play football at Notre Dame under legendary Coach Ara Parsegean, How Mike worked with his own kids, who are now a part of his coaching tree, we talk to Sage about what it was like growing up with Coach B and how she blazed her own trail beginning at CrossFit Invictus. We finish with talk about faith and what kind of legacy will Coach B leave.
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We sit down with Bethany Shadburne The 2019 CrossFit Games 8th Fittest Woman in the World. Bethany talks to us about growing up as a highly competitive gymnast until a severe back injury ended all that, and doctors told her she will never be able to compete again and most likely would never run again. After a year off of competitive Sports Bethany went on to prove everyone wrong and competed at very high levels in Running, Triathalons, Body Building and eventually CrossFit. Bethany talks a lot about mindset and how sometimes that switch she has to push through the darkest moments of a workout and makes her as great as she is also is what may be breaking down her body and how she has to find a different approach going forward. They best part of this interview is seeing how genuine Bethany is and open to share her mental struggles with injuries, mindset, faith and so many other things in her life. If you are not a Bethany Shadburne Fan going into the interview, you definitely will be coming out!
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We welcome back Kelly Stone to hear what it was like to be a contestant on the Titan Games, How she is handling the quarantine and how to make a good protein pancake. We also discuss our Nutrition Challenge, Scott is cleared to lift again, We discuss should the Open be in February, What would we like to see in a new CrossFit season, Should Dave Castro leak information with a change in CEO coming soon? What does Eric Roza including the Investment Group mean for the future of CrossFit, plus our least favorite movies, what we would choose from our walk up music, We announce our next guest that will be released Monday and the Best thing from the Internet.
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Scott and Cat sit down with Adrian "Boz" Bozman to discuss what it was like growing up in Canada and California, his passions of music, motorcycles and his album collection. How he got involved with CrossFit, the became a member of the seminar staff to then move on to Head Judge for the CrossFit Games and work on several projects at CrossFit HQ. We talk about his coaching tree and legacy after over 10 years of being on the training staff. Boz is as cool as they come and that is why he is so good at his job. This was an amazing interview.
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We sit down with Armen Hammer to put together his timeline in the CrossFit space. We learn the context of growing up in LA with unique opportunities as a kid, to being an affiliate owner, the evolution of the Naked CrossFitter, getting kicked out of the CrossFit Games, His return to the Games years later and running into Justin Bergh again and finally being the guy people trust to tell them how it is and a true insider with reliable contacts and a direct line to the people in charge whoever that may be.
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We sit down with Azariah and Stephanie Price from the Pit Fitness Ranch to talk about the upcoming Teen Throwdown. These two with the help of others are giving the teen athletes who qualified for the CrossFit Games a chance to end their season with a championship that has a lot of value. The story is awesome and so grateful they shared that with us.
We also talk about the news, our nutritional challenge, and a lot of other silly stuff this week on our weekly Round table.
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Scott and Cat talk with with Adam Kramer, State Director of the Green Beret Project - a non-profit organization mentoring inner-city youth in Delaware. Adam takes us from his 6.5 year stint in federal prison, to finding faith, becoming a CrossFit coach and all the important work he’s doing now giving back to his community. If you have any follow up questions for us or for Adam, please leave a comment and we will be sure we get you an answer.
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This week we welcome Tennil Reed-Beuerlein who is now the mother of a 9 month old little boy, where we talk about how hard that is and that CrossFit has helped her be able to carry that odd object around. We talk about her quest for the Games and finally making it in a year where the regionals were not ideal, then crushing the Games in 2017 becoming the Fittest woman in America. We touch on the challenge of 2018 and one take away for sure is Tennil will be back doing something competitive sooner rather than later.
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Scott talks with Athena Perez about what she has been up to since her CrossFit Journal Story has been released, Her new book "Lifting the Wait", From being abused as a child to Her struggles with being a Morbidly Obese CrossFit Athlete, her reasons for writing the book, and sharing her story with the world, the major themes of the book and how she is nowhere near done, and has a lot of plans moving forward.
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We chat with Bill Grundler about his early years being the old man in the sport, finding his way into the announcing booth, being a state champion wrestler in high school, his new podcast with Chase Ingraham called Get with the Programming.
***Please Note: This was recorded prior to the events at CrossFit HQ***
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We talk with Cassidy about the struggles she went through to be a mom, and how now that miracle in her belly is better than any athletic accomplishment she ever achieved. We talk about her wife Aly documenting the preganancy and how that turned into a book called worth every shot available by going to Cassidy's instagram @cassidy_lancemcwherter. finally we touch on her CrossFit career, and how and when she made the decision to retire and start a family. Finally Cassidy is quite the entrepreneur owning 3 affiliates with Aly (CrossFit Waterside) and working with Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Feroce Fitness.
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We talk with LIndsey Love Jenks, and she tells us how Macrostax came about and why she felt it was needed. She talks about what makes them different than other apps, what their plans for the future are and how they will expand. Lindsey is very engaging and I am happy to share a product that I have been using now for a little while that is really working for me to find success, energy and an easier way to track macros.
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We sit down with Emma Cary as she describes her goals of making the CrossFit Games as a 16 year old next year. She has already won the 14-15 year old division at the Games, won the 16-17 year old Age Group Online Qualifier, finished in the top 100 of the world wide CrossFit Open, finished in the top 12 in three events during the CrossFit Open and had the best score in the first event of the Dubai CrossFit championships this May. Hold on to your seats to see what she is going to do next.
Plus we check in on Charlie's Murph, talk about the permit application for the Games, the Seminars are back, Gym's are starting to open, and our best thing from the internet.
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Anikha tells us about her journey where she just misses going to the games in 2018 and 2019, then qualifying in 2020 only to have the age groups cancelled. Her maturity, mindset and outlook is so impressive for any athlete, let alone an almost 17 year old! She discusses moving to the "Open" division and what she needs to do to succeed. She also talks about her family's support and the relationship and trust she has built with her coach.
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Dave https://www.instagram.com/davefreakinlipson/ talks about being a soon to be dad, being quarantined in Florida away from their Colorado home, his CrossFit history and meeting Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the reasons he had to adjust his workout from CrossFit and how Thundrbro got started. Dave is a fascinating man with so much knowledge it was fun to see him share that in this interview.
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We talk with Jeff Goebel to learn about his inspiring journey persevering through heartache, addiction and injury . He shares how putting his faith in God helped him out of some dark places to move on in his personal life, and at the highest level of CrossFit earning the top seed entering the 2020 CrossFit Games. Now facing the cancellation of the Age Group divisions, Jeff relies on his wisdom and perspective to keep moving forward.
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Brooke talks about growing up in Minnesota, moving to FL, finding CrossFit and rising to the top of the competitive landscape in a hurry. Brooke made her CrossFit Games Debut in 2019 as an individual and then placed 1st at The Filthy 150 Sanctional with her ROMWOD Meat Squad Team. With the COVID-19 related changes to the Games season, Brooke is considering an individual invite to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games in Aromas for her top 20 Open finish as well as planning for a team competition in Cookeville. In our wrap-up we review the latest in CrossFit news.
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The Crew talks with Ryan Elrod about the story behind his PED Suspension (which I still don't understand how it happened), his comeback to finish 1st in the Age Group Online Qualifier, his Cirque Du Soleil Career, Being a gymnast and how he is devoting time to his family now. We wrap up the podcast with the Titan Games, The Teens holding their own Games this year and possibly that also happening with the team division.
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We talk to Dex about being a new Father, and a loving husband, his trips to the CrossFit Games, his teammates including his wife, the beauty of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and how he is so upset we used the name Clydesdale CrossFitter first.
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Cat, Amy and Scott have a blast getting to know Justin LoFranco. Justin fills us in on his time in Washington and Wisconsin with Scott Walker living in the politics scene, we talk about his "Sabatical" in Italy feeding pigs and chickens. Finally, we talk about starting the Morning Chalk Up and bringing his experiences from the political world into the CrossFit world and evolving with the sport to the point when the Morning Chalk Up started it was simply a newsletter and became a very large multi-media company.
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The Crew had to honor to sit down with one of the most genuine and authentic people in CrossFit Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, MD, MS. Julie shared stories about her busy few months reporting about the Covid 19 Pandemic, What she has been up to with the new direction of her podcast and accompanying website Pursuing Health, they also reminisce about Julie being the Instructor for Scott and Amy's CrossFit L1 and Julie's legendary CrossFit Career.
We have a great conversation with Khan Porter about his struggle with mental health, how he works on it every day, sought professional help and eventually combined it with sports psychology to improve his performance with CrossFit. We also talked about his family, his rugby career, his thoughts on play, his favorite moments in his career and his tattoos and so much more.
On the outside Jack appeared to have it all. Nobody really new his daily struggle from the time of being a small child into adulthood. After struggling for many years Jack found the outlet of CrossFit and was beginning to compete at a very high level when all of the sudden that was taken away from him in an instant. What would make most people crumble, was what finally gave Jack all the answers to finding joy in his life. Please check out his story, it made us think long and hard about what was important in our lives and I am sure it will for you as well.
We sit down and talk with Chris Spealler about contracting Covid-19 and his recovery, Wrestling in College, His passion for getting outside the gym and using your fitness, His history of competing at the Games from the first ever CrossFit Games in 2007 until his last appearance as a Master's Athlete in 2017, We talk about his podium finishes, the send off from the CrossFit community, competing at Rogue with the legends and so much more.
As a 25th episode celebration, we give control of the Podcast to one of our listeners Cat Scherer. She interviews the Clydesdale himself Scott Switzer and we learn about what got him into CrossFit. His weight loss journey, How that journey has gone, What made him want to start a podcast and what his future goals are in and around the sport of CrossFit. We want to Thank Cat for taking some time out of her busy schedule to do this for us.
Cat Scherer steps in again and takes over the podcast and gives the perspective of our listeners as she dives into Amy's life as a Mother, CrossFitter, Runner, and Most Impressively the Co-Director of a Pre-School that promotes learning through play. Amy has a pretty interesting life and you should dive in and check it out.
Scott and Amy talk with Kelly Stone, DPT about becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy, an Academic all-star, state champion in gymnastics, multiple time belly flop champion and her time as a CrossFit Games Athlete and now her pursuit of an individual bid to the Games. Kelly has a mindset that is unparalleled to anybody we have every met before. Plus Amy and Scott talk about doing support your box workout number 1, The crap litterally hitting the fan and Charlie's house, the best thing we saw on the internet and upcoming bonus episodes where one of our listeners interviews us.
Scott and Amy talked with Jacob Heppner the 6th fittest Man in the world. Jacob shares his previous jobs, his YouTube vision, his new venture with Heppner's Happy Hemp, and what his goals are with this CrossFit season. Charlie Joins Scott and Amy to discuss how Quarantine is going, The Fittest Documentary and the stir it is causing about Dave Castro's programming and the discussion about will the CrossFit Games happen this year, finally we finish the episode with our favorite thing on the internet and we all agree that it has to be the Tiger King on Netflix.
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Scott and Amy sit down with Kari Pearce, 5 time games competitor, 3 time fittest woman in America to talk about her situation in New York City during the Corona Virus, being a Gymnast her who life and how that translated into her CrossFit career, she talks about analyzing her weaknesses and working on them to get better. Charlie joins us to talk about our Training week, The Fittest being released early, Rogue moving the date of the Invitational, The age group Online Qualifier, what was our favorite thing from the Internet and Join our new Whoop Group, use the code COMM-F46A5E and search for Clydesdale CrossFitter and Friends. Let's keep each other accountable.
Scott, Amy and Charlie talk with 7 Time CrossFit Games Athlete Margaux Alvarez. We talk about her illustrious career, her now being a legend for the Rogue Invitational, Her incredible Wine Business and Margaux's attempts at American Ninja Warrior, and Long Drive Golf Competitions. Margaux is one of the sweetest people out there and it was an honor to capture a small part of her story.
Scott and Amy talk with Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers, AKA the Buttery Bros. about their new film "The Fittest" their vlog The Buttery Bros, how the layoffs at CrossFit HQ affected them, Where they are now and what their goals are for the future. This episode is full on non-stop laughter. We also bring Charlie in and talk about the Arnold Fitness Expo, Amy's Competition, The Australian CrossFit Championships, the Brazil CrossFit Championships and there is another baby coming in the CrossFit world.
Scott sits down with Kate Gordon who has gone viral with her Instagram page @crossfitterwithsign. She is also a member of the CrossFit Seminar staff and is very open about her feelings on topics around the CrossFit world. She also went to the CrossFit Games twice once in Carson and once in Madison. She is very smart and funny and was our first international interview and we thank her for that. Scott, Amy and Charlie talk about their training weeks, the upcoming Sanctionals (sort of), the tornadoes in Tennessee and one way you can help, the mess that has become the Arnold Fitness Expo 2020 and the best thing they saw on the Internet.
Scott and Amy talk to Tommy Marquez about his uptick in travel, Wodapalooza, the affects of the Thanos snap on his crew, and how they have all battled back! Tommy's first gym and crossfit experience and his goals moving forward.
Scott and Charlie talk with John Wooley the man behind the Instagram meme page @makewodsgreatagain and Scott Zakrajsek the man behind the Instagram page @thedaddywod who share what they do in their real lives and how they put together memes on a daily basis. In addition, they talk about what got them into CrossFit. This episode is hilarity from start to finish.
Amy and Scott talk to Freddy Camacho about how much harder it is supporting an athlete than being an athlete. He talks about being an alcoholic and now being 6 weeks sober. He shares the story about the man he shot, who then turned his life around, he also didn't always want to be a cop and how he is now working security with Tesla. Freddy is a fun guy and that cam across in this interview. Scott and Amy also recap Wodapalooza and the crazy finishes in the men's and team's and the ticket for the Womens elite divisions. Please Enjoy!
Scott, Amy and Charlie talk with Sean Woodland about announcing the CrossFit Games, Being a part of the massive layoffs and its affect, his rescue dogs, the LA Rams, his hockey passion and most importantly soon becoming a brand new dad! We also preview Wodapalooza, talk about our training weeks, and share what the best thing was on the Internet! Please listen and enjoy!
Scott and Amy talk with Larry Moss, CrossFit Games and Wodapalooza Floor Emcee and SWAT Commander of the Lake Charles Police Department. Larry talks to us about how Top Gun Inspired him to join the Navy, How he always wanted to work in law enforcement, how his SWAT team uses CrossFit to not only stay fit, but to qualify for the SWAT Team. Larry is an amazing human and I hope you enjoy this episode!
Scott and Charlie talk with Matt O'Keefe about Wodapalooza and what to expect this coming weekend. They also talk to Matt about the other four Sanctionals that he is over this season, The West Coast Classic, The Madrid CrossFit Championship, The Mayan CrossFit Classic and the Granite Games. Matt also tells the story of how he met Mat Frasier and how that expanded into a full stable of CrossFit athletes that Matt oversees. Matt finishes up by talking about the state of CrossFit as a sport and where it needs to go.
Scott talks with Patrick Clark who talks about finding CrossFit while deployed to Kuwait, Becoming a judge with CrossFit, Being the Head Judge in China which lead to connections where he would end up with The Morning Chalk-Up, Patick also had stops at ESPN and Next Gen Stats. He owns his own sports photography company called Athlete's Eye Photography. Patrick is multi-talented and shows that off in all that he does. Currently he is a dual threat at the Morning Chalk-Up and is publishing more and more articles.
Scott, Amy and Charlie interview Ron Ortiz, 2 time CrossFit Games Masters Champion, 4 time podium finisher. Ron also grew up in a house that promoted playing, he was a fireman and paramedic for 20 plus years. He talks about the fitness issue with fire departments and how they are fighting to make change. Ron also talks about his bid for his 9th CrossFit Games and while being injured last year volunteering to stay close to the sport. Charlie and I also talk about our training week, Annie Thorisdottir and Frederik Aegidius having a baby. The confusion with the sudden change of the Rogue Online Qualifier Scoreboard and the best thing we say on the internet this week.
In this episode Scott Interviews Cat Scherer about leaving her 6 figure salary to do what she loves. They also talk about the journey it took to get to that place, and what Cat's goals are going forward. To learn more about Cat and the programs she offers check her out on Instagram at @cathicakes and/or @catalystfitnessde. Charlie and Scott catch up on the Lefteris Theofanidis situation which breaks Scott's resolution and of course they talk about their training week and the best thing they saw on the internet.
Scott, Amy and Charlie discuss the latest Sanctional Strength in Depth, They talk with Niki Brazier about her many jobs Sideline Reporter, Writer and Media for the Morning Chalk Up, her own Podcast (Make Pods Great Again), CrossFit Coach and what she calls her big girl job in Marketing and advertising. We also find out what happened with her and our neighbors to the North. They also talk about their training week and what was their favorite thing from the internet.
In this episode Scott, Amy and Charlie sit down with Kristi and Patrick O'Connell (Eramo). In this fun discussion we learn how the two meet. We learn how they workout, live and work together, and most importantly how they have supported each other for a very long time. We talk about past competitions, Kristi's very short retirement, Patrick competing again some of the GOATs of the sport. Where to get a great burger and queso dip and so much more, and of course we all share how our training week is going. Check it out and I hope you enjoy.
Scott, Amy and Charlie break down the Mayhem classic. Scott give the perspective of the event live, Amy and Charlie talk about the stream. They also talk about the performances, podium finishers, bids to the game and get an interview with Ben Smith to get his impressions of the Mayhem Classic, his plans for the Sanctionals and being a father. They also talk about their training week and the best thing they saw on the internet.
Amy and I begin by missing our partner Charlie and pay respect to the man! We talk about the last year in CrossFit, what was the coolest thing we saw on the internet this week and what are our resolutions for the next year? Finally I am off to Mayhem this week for the Mayhem classic and will be reporting back for next weeks episode.
Amy, Charlie and I interview the 9th Fittest Man in the World Saxon Panchik and also discuss the results at the Dubai CrossFit Championships