CrossFit Games Analysts Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez, alongside filmmakers Heber Cannon, and Marston Sawyers, bring you all the latest information, updates, and analysis on the sport of fitness, and the CrossFit community.
If you feel like following some functional fitness this weekend the IF3 has you covered. Sean and Tommy discuss the IF3 World Championships that are about to take place. The scoring debate continues. Is there a better system out there and what does it look like? Sean and Tommy talk about Brent Fikowski's thoughts on that subject. Plus, the guest list for CrossFit Thanksgiving and No Reps and PRs.
Thanksgiving is a time for family. Sean and Tommy decided to get a couple members of the Training Think Tank family on for this edition of Podium Picks. Travis Mayer and Max El-Hag join the show to draft their favorite things about the holiday that often gets forgotten in the rush to Christmas. It's all about food, folks and fun on this special Thanksgiving edition of Podium Picks.
Eric Roza is getting help dealing with depression. Sean and Tommy discuss the recent announcement that shed light on why we haven't seen CrossFit's CEO recently. Z-Scoring is popular topic for debate, but it is a viable replacement for CrossFit's current scoring system? Plus, a conversation with Hans Molenkamp, the Executive Vice President for Sports Marketing for CBDMD and the Director of Marketing for Combat Sports and CrossFit for Monster.
We all have those simple things in everyday life that we enjoy. Noah Ohlsen joins Sean and Tommy for a "life's simple pleasures" draft on this week's edition of Podium Picks. Whether it's an ice cold drink, a warm stack of laundry or a hug from that special someone, there is bound to be something in here that puts a smile on your face.
Haley Adams has been a fixture at the CrossFit Games since 2016 when she competed as a teenager. She has been in a total of 6 CrossFit Games in her career and has never finished lower than 6th. Adams is also coming off a 5th place finish at the Rogue Invitational. She talks about her year so far, how she's matured as a person and a competitor, and a possible future inside the squared circle.
More than a year after its inception, the Professional Fitness Athletes Association (PFAA) has released its first major communication. Sean and Tommy discuss what's in it and what it could mean for the sport moving forward. The CrossFit Cowboy, Sean Sweeney, stops by to discuss his past, his present, his future and where he thinks the sport needs to improve in order to continue growing in the years to come. Plus, the debut of a new segment - No Reps and PRs.
For most of us, the CrossFit affiliate has provided plenty of memories and exposed us to many interesting characters. John Wooley and Niki Brazier from the "Kettlebells and Cocktails" podcast and the Make WODs Great Again Instagram page are here to pick the best and worst feelings and people you are likely to experience and find at your affiliate.
There is no shortage of things to talk about on this monster episode! Sean and Tommy look back at the storylines they were following heading into the Rogue Invitational. Alessandra Pichelli is calling it a career while Katrin Davidsdottir is leaving CompTrain as she returns to Iceland. CrossFit has released the season schedule for 2022. There are more opportunities for people to compete but not everyone is happy. Plus, an obscure Canadian superhero reference and a losing streak is over!
Our long nightmare of weekends with no competition is coming to an end. Sean and Tommy preview the upcoming Rogue Invitational and talk about the storylines they will be watching in Austin. Plus, Chris Spealler joins the show to talk about competing in the Legends Division, how his pursuit of fitness has changed since his competitive days and what moments of his career stand out the most.
Kari Pearce made a surprise announcement this past weekend that she is retiring from competition following the Rogue Invitational. Pearce has qualified for the CrossFit Games every year since her debut in 2015 and finished inside the top ten five times. In 2020 she became the first American woman to stand on the Games Podium since Julie Foucher in 2014. Pearce talks about why now was the right time for her to end her competitive career, the things that stand out the most to her during her time at the CrossFit Games and what is ahead for her as she moves into the next phase of her life.
Mat Fraser dominated the CrossFit Games during his career. Now we get to see how he does in a games-themed edition of Podium Picks. Fraser and Sammy Moniz join Sean and Tommy as they put together their lists of best backyard, board, card and all other types of games. Get set for a trip down memory lane as well as some unique insight into the 5-time Fittest Man on Earth and his fiancé.
CrossFit's VP of Sport and Partnerships Justin Bergh joins Sean and Tommy to discuss the current state of the CrossFit Games season and where it could be heading in 2022. Bergh talks about how he rose to his current position with the company, what he thinks needs to be done in order to make the Games season more professional, PED's in the sport and where they are in the process of finding a host city for the CrossFit Games after 2022.
Every great movie has a great villain. The Buttery Bros, Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers, join Sean and Tommy to draft the top villains in movie history. Mad titans, dark Lords, mean girls, bloodthirsty aliens and bumbling burglars make this draft our most evil yet. Find out who chose the best of the worst on this edition of Podium Picks!
Last week CrossFit launched its new primary care service led by CrossFit-trained doctors called CrossFit Precision Care. CrossFit Health's Dr. Julie Foucher joins Sean and Tommy to discuss the new initiative, what CrossFit Health has been working on for the past year under Eric Roza and how her training and fitness is different now that she is no longer a competitive CrossFit Games athlete.
Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving we bring you our first ever Canadian Things edition of Podium Picks. Pat Vellner and Brent Fikowski join Sean and Tommy as they draft the greatest things from the Great White North. Get yourself some poutine, turn on a little Rush, put on your best Canadian Tuxedo and enjoy!
Ricky Garard has broken his silence. Sean and Tommy discuss the interview Garard did with Chase Ingraham as his four-year ban from the CrossFit Games season comes to an end. Plus, Women's Lower Extremity CrossFit Games champion Valerie Cohen joins the show to talk about the first year of official adaptive competition in Madison and her journey from a collegiate athlete to the top of the Games podium.
It is the Hairstyle of the Gods - the mullet. Fittest Man on Earth Justin Medeiros is here to help us sort through the best in history. This edition of Podium Picks is business in the front and a party in the back as we embark on our first ever mullet draft. The best Camaro Crash Helmets, Skullets, Tennessee Top Hats and Achy Breaky Hair from sports and entertainment make the "cut" in this episode and things escalate quickly!
Justin Cotler is the founder of Underdogs Athletics and is now the coach of Ricky Garard. Sean and Tommy talk to him about why he made the decision to take Ricky under his wing, what Garard needs to do to permanently earn his trust and why he thinks Ricky has what it takes to be successful moving forward. Cotler also addresses everything that happened to him and his athletes at the CrossFit Games and the chances we'll be seeing an Underdogs team try and take down Mayhem Freedom in 2022.
Let the comeback begin! Sara Sigmundsdottir returns to the competition floor in January in Dubai. What can we expect to see from her after a knee injury kept her out for an entire season? Gui Malheiros is embracing the Mayhem, there's money to be won in the desert and a conversation with Mike Lombardi from Whoop.
Fall is finally in the air! Sean and Tommy welcome CrossFit Games veteran and Titan Games champion Dani Speegle to the show for a seasonal Podium Picks. Get your most comfy flannel shirt, pour yourself a pumpkin spice latte, throw on a scarf and enjoy a fall draft that is sure to get you in the mood for colder days, longer nights, trick or treating and football.
Ricky Garard's 4-year ban from CrossFit is coming to an end. Sean and Tommy talk about his impending return and how they think people will react to having him back on the competition floor. Wodapalooza makes announcements regarding their livestream and prize purse. Eric Roza talks about this past CrossFit Games season and where things could be headed in 2022 in part 2 of his conversation with Sean and Tommy.
It's been a year since Sean and Tommy first sat down with Eric Roza at his home in Boulder, Colorado. On this episode, CrossFit's CEO returns to the show to talk about everything he and his team have been working on since he bought the company in 2020. Roza talks about the things they prioritized, how those decisions were made, what he thinks some of his early "wins" were, the people he has hired as part of his leadership team and the impact COVID had on everything he wanted to accomplish.
Eric Roza and his team continue to put out valuable resources for affiliate owners. Sean and Tommy discuss the Affiliate Playbook, why it's a win for everyone and what kind of impact they think it will have. Plus, Annie Thorisdottir stops by to discuss her 3rd place performance at the CrossFit Games, the issues she dealt with postpartum and the physical and mental obstacles she had to overcome during her journey back to competition shape.
On this episode Sean and Tommy talk with Aaron Hoff, Founder of the Keala Foundation and Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run and Sarah Braunsdorf, Executive Director of the Keala Foundation. The Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run takes place September 18th at the Omao Track (live), or virtually at home. There's also the Keala Foundation Golf tournament at the Poipu Bay Golf Course on September 15th. All proceeds from both go to fund the Keala Foundation. Aaron and Sarah talk about how the foundation and the event got started, the types of programs they help fund and what people can expect from this year's event.
There were plenty of memorable moments throughout the 2021 CrossFit Games season. Sean and Tommy go through their favorites from the Open, Semifinals and Games. A battle between brothers, the emergence of a pair of talented youngsters, a surprising snatch and a tearful goodbye are among the choices. Plus, how Sean almost ended up on the evening news in Madison and Tommy's report on the Iron Games.
And so it begins. Two Masters athletes take to social media to announce they tested positive for banned substances at the Games. Fourth fittest woman on Earth Kristin Holte stops by to talk about her performance in Madison and why she decided to retire after this season. Plus, Tommy gives us an update on Brooke Wells as she continues to recover from the injury she suffered at the Games.
With the CrossFit Games season in the rearview mirror, it's time to hand out some grades. Sean and Tommy step through each stage of the season and talk about what they liked and what needed improvement. Plus, Brent Fikowski stops by to talk about his 3rd place finish at the CrossFit Games, what he changed in his approach to competition this season and what his goals are moving forward.
Scott Panchik's CrossFit Games career began in 2012 when he took 4th place as a rookie. After that, he went on to appear at the Games eight more times as an individual. Panchik never stood on the podium, but did finish inside the top 6 seven times in his career. After announcing that this would be his las season, Panchik took 11th at the Games despite a nagging knee injury. He talks to Sean and Tommy about his decision to retire, what stood out about his final appearance at the Games and what advice he has for the athletes still competing.
Pat Vellner locked up the fourth podium finish of his career at the CrossFit Games recently after taking second overall. He joins Sean and Tommy to talk about the experience, where he thinks he could have been better, the lessons he learned and why he feels he can absolutely win the Games in 2022. Plus, Tommy Hackenbruck's recent post on Instagram suggests that business in the team competition may be about to pick up.
Sean and Tommy have finally had some time to reflect on the week that was in Madison and they have plenty to discuss. They recap all the key moments and performances from the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games and talk about the things that stood out during the competition. Plus, one of the most consistent Games athletes has decided to retire, Tia throws a strike and Tommy gets stranded in Dallas.
The newly crowned CHAMP and Fittest Man on Earth Justin Medeiros and his coach Adam Neiffer join us in the campground to recap an amazing week of competition. They reflect on a grueling but fulfilling sophomore year at the Games, Justin's path to the top of the sport, how their relationship came to be, and the family approach to competing that has helped Justin fulfill his dream of becoming a CrossFit Games champion.
The crew is back together again! Inclement weather may have forced us inside the RV for another episode, but it couldn't get in the way of our friends Rory Mckernan and Pat Sherwood from joining the show today. We recap the days events and the competition so far, including what stood out for the Women, Men, and Teams, and Pat and Ro give us the latest in what's keeping them busy these days.
Two days of competition are in the book for individuals after at STOUT day 2 that included 5 scored events and a ton of movement on the leaderboard. Brian Friend joins us in the campground to recap the day including the top performances, surprises (good and bad), and podium prospects for some big names across the board.
Sean and Tommy are back in the campground with their good friends the Buttery Bros. Marston and Heber stop by to talk about their movie Resurgence, waterparks, upcoming projects and how they are getting ready to marry a couple in the RV park. Plus, CrossFit Mayhem has a record breaking day in the team competition and champions are crowned in the age groups and adaptive divisions.
Inclement weather has forced us inside Tommy's hotel room to recap the opening day of individual competition at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Tia Toomey is dominating on the women's side while the men's leaderboard is getting put in a blender after every event. Sean and Tommy discuss what stood out, who impressed and who surprised through the first four events.
Competition is underway at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games! Derek Forrest, host of Day at the Games, joins Sean and Tommy to recap some of the highlights from the Age Groups and Adaptive divisions and preview day one for the Individuals on Wednesday. Plus, the Buttery Bros make a quick appearance after their trip to a water park. The fun continues on this Gone Camping edition of Talking Elite Fitness.
They made it! Sean and Tommy have set up shop in Madison and are ready for the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. It was a busy news day at the Alliant Energy Center. A big name has had to withdraw from the women's competition due to a positive COVID-19 test, a men's veteran is calling it quits after this season and Dave Castro reveals the full opening test for the individuals. Pull up a folding chair, grab a frosty frothwagon and take a listen!
Todd Meleny is the Chief Marketing Officer for No Bull and he is an extremely busy man right now. He and his team are putting the finishing touches on everything at the Alliant Energy Center for the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Meleny took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Tommy Marquez. Meleny talks about the experience they are hoping to provide for every athlete at the Games, how they're accommodating the adaptive athletes, the pressure he is feeling heading into the Games and how they've managed to fit a year's worth of work into a 3-month time span.
What are the best moments, events and equipment in the history of the CrossFit Games? Bill Grundler and Chase Ingraham join Sean and Tommy to decide just that. They pick their favorite moments from the men's and women's competition, their top pieces of equipment and the best events from the past 14 years. Get ready for a fun trip down memory lane!
Jeffrey Adler is making his 3rd straight individual appearance at the CrossFit Games. He was one of five men to compete in the in-person portion of the CrossFit Games in 2020 and took 5th overall. Tommy Marquez talks with him and coach Caroline Lambray about the experience of competing at the Games last year, expectations for 2021 and how Jeffrey is excited to get on the floor at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center for the first time in his career.
We are less than a week away from the beginning of the individual competition at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins Sean and Tommy to break down the men's and women's divisions. Who are the podium contenders? Who are the dark horses and who has a chance of being crowned the Fittest on Earth. Plus, they give you their picks for the top five finishers for the men and women.
Jayson Hopper is set to make his CrossFit Games debut after winning the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. He was the only rookie to finish first at an in-person semifinal. Hopper talks with Sean and Tommy about how he found CrossFit, why he was confident he could show up and win the MACC, what his expectations are for his first ever appearance at the Games and what he is most likely listening to if you ever see him wearing headphones.
Sam Cournoyer will be making his 3rd straight appearance at the CrossFit Games later this month. He his coming off the best finish of his career in 2020 when he took 10th. Cournoyer talks with Sean and Tommy about training with Rich Froning and the Mayhem crew, what his expectations are for the Games this year and how a car accident led him to his competitive career in CrossFit.
Pat Vellner is making his 6th consecutive appearance as an individual at the CrossFit Games. He has finished on the podium three times including a 2nd place finish in 2018. Vellner talks about how he's preparing for the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games, what it's like competing without Mat Fraser in the picture and why he thinks this could be the year he is crowned the Fittest on Earth.
Each day we are learning a little bit more about the test that awaits the athletes at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Dave Castro and some friends continue to clue us in. Sean and Tommy talk about what we know and what it could mean. Two qualifying teams from the Granite Games have failed drug tests. How does this keep happening? Plus, C.J. Martin from CrossFit Invictus stops by to talk about the two teams he's sending to the Games, how much it costs to get them there and what he thinks their chances are of ending up on the podium.
Nothing goes better together than food and fitness! Celebrity Chef Antonia Lofaso joins Sean and Tommy to talk about her love of cooking and her love of CrossFit. Lofaso has appeared on shows like Top Chef: Chicago, Top Chef: All Stars CNBC's Restaurant Startup, Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, Man vs. Child and Tournament of Champions. Chef Lofaso also owns the restaurants Scopa, Black Market Liquor Bar and DAMA in Los Angeles. She talks about her journey from warming soup at Wolfgang Puck's Spago to opening her own establishments, how she found CrossFit and the lessons she's learned about life and success inside the gym.
CrossFit has a new President! Sean and Tommy discuss the recent hiring of Jason Dunlop, his resume and how he can help CrossFit's global growth. The Games schedule is changing and the new format will look familiar to longtime fans. The Last Chance Qualifier is done and the CrossFit Games field is complete. Sean and Tommy talk about why they think the new addition to the season worked perfectly.
There's a new affiliate programming service in town. CrossFit unveiled its CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP) earlier this week. Sean and Tommy talk about what it is and why they think it's a win for everyone involved. Plus, they revisit the eight questions they had before the start of the semifinals. Which ones had clear answers, which ones still aren't settled and which ones provided the biggest surprises?
The pressure will be on the athletes competing this weekend at the Last Chance Qualifier and that meant the pressure is also getting turned up on this week's edition of Podium Picks. Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins Sean and Tommy as they draft the athletes they think will do the best in the overall standings and in certain events. Four people will be earning a trip to the CrossFit Games, but only one person will be crowned the winner of this episode.
Earlier this month CrossFit and WIT Fitness announced a multi-year e-commerce and retail deal that will allow WIT to operate an official online CrossFit store and sell CrossFit-branded gear at its brick and mortar location in London. CEO and founder of WIT, Dan Williams joins Sean and Tommy to talk about why the deal is a good fit for his company, the failed attempt to get a deal done with CrossFit a few years ago, how Nike has influenced the WIT brand and experience and what the future holds for the partnership with CrossFit.
Sean and Tommy finally have a chance to address the situation surrounding Emma Tall and it escalates quickly. Disagreements are had, good points are made and possible solutions and changes moving forward are offered. Cheating accusations are flying around in South Africa following the BCC. Find out what's going on and why there probably isn't a solution to be had. And the last week of Semifinals is in the books. Sean and Tommy talk about who caught their eyes, who should be considered a favorite in Madison and why it must be nice to be good at everything like Mat Fraser.