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August 31, 2018
CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman describes the current health crisis as “The Mess.” With the addition of CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Courses specifically for health-care providers, “we’re making an impact,” Glassman says. Dr. Douglas Michaelsen attended his MD L1 last weekend in Aromas, California. As an avid CrossFitter and a health-care provider, Dr. Michaelsen understands “The Mess” and he wants to help. Learn more about "The Mess" here: • Greg Glassman: The World's Most Vexing Problem • CrossFit Podcast Ep. 18.41: Greg Glassman and "The Mess" Sign up for the Email of the Day here! The CrossFit Podcast is also available on: iTunes Google Play YouTube
August 6, 2018
Regan Doele boldly posted “We Cure Type 2 Diabetes” on a sign outside his affiliate, Octane CrossFit, in Phoenix, Arizona. CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman is on a mission to enlist doctors, medical professionals and affiliate owners who understand “The Mess." Doele and Octane CrossFit caught Coach Glassman's attention. CrossFit affiliates have and will continue to cure Type 2 Diabetes.
July 19, 2018
CrossFit transformed Eric Conklin’s life in more ways than he could have imagined. He was obese, diabetic, anxious and depressed. Two years ago Eric changed his lifestyle. He started moving and eating clean. He attributes the support of his MW CrossFit family for guiding him on his transformation journey. He has lost over 150 lb., and his doctor claims that he's cured of his Type 2 diabetes.
July 12, 2018
Ronnie Teasdale is back on the show. The crew covers a variety of topics, including coffee enemas, the Polaris Slingshot, drinking urine, practicing celibacy and more. Don’t miss the fun.
July 2, 2018
Fibromyalgia plagued Olivia Vollmar with migraines and back and joint pain. On top of the physical pain, Vollmar admits that she was also dealing with mental issues relating to depression and body image. “CrossFit saved my life,” she says.
June 18, 2018
Bryce Bennett is a member of the U.S. Ski Team. His specialty is downhill skiing, where you need sound technique, speed and physical fitness to be successful. Bennett began working out in the gym as part of his training for the U.S. Ski Team, but the training regimens with the team eventually led to injury. After developing a bulging disc, he decided to look into other options. A friend brought him into Park City CrossFit in Utah, and the rest is history. “I got absolutely smashed by a soccer mom,” Bennett says about his first CrossFit experience. At that point, he knew CrossFit training was something he needed to pursue. He started training in his hometown gym, CrossFit Blizzard, in Truckee, California. “This is how you train for any sport in the entire world,” he says.
June 14, 2018
Nicole Aucoin, founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition and author of “Nourish: Grow Your Nutrition Business From the Ground Up,” is on the show. Aucoin is a former hospital dietitian and decided that she needed a new outlet for helping people eat well. “I wanted to teach people to live to eat instead of eat to live,” she says. For more information on how to implement her nutrition program for yourself or at your affiliate, visit her website: https://growyournutritionbusiness.com/
June 11, 2018
You may recognize her from our CrossFit Journal feature, “Famished, Force-Fed, 450 Pounds—and Finally Fit.” Athena Perez once weighed 450 lb. and admits that she was terrified to walk into a CrossFit gym. After overcoming her fear, she has since lost over 200 lb. Now Perez says she feels completely comfortable at her box, CrossFit Lakeville. Read more about Athena's inspiring journey on her blog, "Bean There."
June 7, 2018
Max Andruschenko is Ukrainian. He is married with seven children. He also owns CrossFit Bamyan in Afghanistan.
June 4, 2018
Peter Egyed joins the show to discuss his journey with CrossFit, from his early days as a Games athlete to his more recent experiences as owner of a thriving affiliate: CrossFit Fury in Goodyear, Arizona. For about a decade, Egyed and CrossFit Fury have been dedicated to making a healthy lifestyle accessible to the Goodyear community. Moving forward, Egyed is working with local businesses to build a more robust community by developing partnerships with an urban farm, a youth fitness and tutoring space, and more. Greg Glassman describes Egyed as “an unsung hero of the community.”
May 28, 2018
CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman describes the current health crisis as “The Mess.” With the addition of CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Courses specifically for health-care providers, “we’re making an impact,” Glassman says. Dr. Tom Siskron, IV, and Dr. Ken Sanders have attended the CrossFit M.D. L1 course, and they are on a mission to meld the medical world with the CrossFit world. Dr. Siskron manages CrossFit Medicus One, the first virtual CrossFit box dedicated to reversing chronic disease.
May 24, 2018
Amy West is a CrossFit athlete and a resident M.D. in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Harvard/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. As a physiatrist, West treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. West has noticed many parallels between the CrossFit methodology and the treatment options she recommends to her patients. In 2017, she presented a talk, “CrossFit Grand Rounds,” to physicians at Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Watch her presentation here.
May 22, 2018
Greg Amundson started CrossFit at the original box in Santa Cruz, California in 2001 during the birth of the CrossFit movement. He joins the show today to discuss the early days as well as his recent book release, “The Warrior and The Monk: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Potential And Finding True Happiness.”
May 17, 2018
Craig Howard has been an affiliate owner for over a decade. Diablo CrossFit in Pleasanton, California is one of the earliest affiliates. Along with running a successful gym, Howard was also the 2013 CrossFit Games champ in the Masters Men (50-54) division. His passion for fitness and competition has clearly made an impact on the community.
May 14, 2018
Dr. Sean Rockett is back on the show. This time he is joined by his wife, Dr. Ronda Rockett, owner of CrossFit Launchpad. CrossFit Launchpad is one of the first CrossFit Health affiliates. “My mission,” Ronda says, “is being able to attract and help people with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and take a look at their labs, instill a CrossFit lifestyle, which includes the nutrition, sleep, positive mindset, and of course, the fitness piece.” As a former primary care physician, Ronda feels strongly that the CrossFit methodology can help prevent chronic disease.
May 11, 2018
Brooke Ence is back on the podcast, this time to talk about recovering from a neck injury, describe her approach to training for Regionals, and explain how she makes sure she’s balancing work and life. Balancing is less important, she says, when you’re “doing something that you love so much that you don’t feel like you need a break from it.” These days, Ence is doing what she loves at the gym, on social media and on the big screen.
May 8, 2018
Tia Wright is training for her seventh CrossFit Regional competition. Finishing the Open in third place in the West Region, she has high hopes to finally make it to the big show.
May 3, 2018
CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman sits down with the podcast crew to share stories, talk about the current health crisis and explain what CrossFit and CrossFit physicians are doing to fix it. “We’ve got corruption. We’ve got death … and that is the public health scene,” Glassman explains. “There is no doctor that isn’t seeing the problem, seeing the mess, and the mess is the unprecedented incidences in rates of disease with an utterly ineffective and extraordinarily expensive response.” Topics for the day also include CrossFit’s success in its court battle with the NSCA, Glassman’s reflections on writing for the Journal in the early days of CrossFit, and lucky socks.
April 30, 2018
Zionna Hanson, the founder of the nonprofit organization Barbells for Boobs, shows Matt how to perform a breast self-exam. "Z," as she is more commonly known, and Barbells for Boobs are leading the way in promoting breast cancer awareness, prevention and fundraising. For more information on how to get involved or donate, visit: https://www.barbellsforboobs.org/.
April 30, 2018
Todd Ellis made it a mission to integrate CrossFit into schools. With the help of the CrossFit Foundation, Ellis has begun this challenging journey. CrossFit PGK is a non-profit affiliate within Franklin Pierce School District, working toward restoring physical education and community function.
April 26, 2018
A positive, supportive CrossFit community clears the path to recovery. Founder Scott Strode and Chris Diggett of The Phoenix are on the podcast to talk about how their free sober and active community is changing the lives of so many. The Phoenix, with Per Ignem CrossFit, is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe space for individuals who have suffered from substance abuse. For more information on how to participate or donate, visit: https://thephoenix.org/.
April 24, 2018
John Glaude has an incredible weight-loss story. His vlog, “Obese to Beast,” tracks how he transformed from being morbidly obese to fit and happy. It has helped motivate many others to transform their lives as well.
April 21, 2018
Ron Britt was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York as a healthy, active kid. In his early thirties he found himself going down the wrong path toward diabetes and obesity. He decided to make a change for himself and for his kids. Britt’s doctor prescribed medication for hypertension. He threw the prescription in the trash and eventually found a CrossFit box. CrossFit NYC and coach Erica Celini helped Britt take control of his health through fitness and nutrition.
April 19, 2018
CrossFit HQ liaison for @crossfit_italia and Seminar Staff member Matteo Pozzati is on the show. Sevan Matossian describes Pozzati's influence on the growth of CrossFit in Italy: “You are the park ranger for Italy, for the affiliates there—600 of them.” “The main goal is making them feel supported,” Pozzati says. Notable mentions: Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Greg Glassman, Chuck Carswell, Karl Steadman, Todd Widman, Jami Tikkanen, Sam Briggs, Tia-Claire Toomey, Kara Saunders (Webb), http://www.crossfitvenezia.com, CrossFit Venezia.
April 17, 2018
Marcus McClain is the CrossFit HQ liaison for Germany. As an affiliate owner and CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member, McClain helps manage and develop the CrossFit community in Germany. Notable mentions: United States Army paratrooper, CrossFit KH, Afghanistan, Iraq, post-traumatic stress disorder, Chuck Carswell, Karl Steadman, Todd Widman, Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Greg Glassman, Eva Claire Synkowski, Reebok CrossFit Nürnberg, Nicole Gordon, Jami Tikkanen.
April 16, 2018
Another CrossFit HQ liaison is on the show! Natalia Díez connects CrossFit affiliates all over Spain. She is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff and manages the @crossfitespana Instagram account.
April 13, 2018
Ricardinho Prudente is the CrossFit HQ liaison for the country of Brazil. He is also part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff. “Why CrossFit?” Sevan asks. Notable mentions: Greg Glassman, Daniel Chaffey, Stephane Rochet, Zach Forrest, Miranda Oldroyd, Nuno Costa, CrossFit Invictus, Punk CrossFit, Chuck Carswell, Lisa Ray, Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Cherie Chan, Austin Malleolo, Ben Bergeron.
April 11, 2018
Daniel Chaffey is the owner of Reebok CrossFit Louvre in Paris, France. As the French liaison for CrossFit HQ, Chaffey is the leading force in connecting CrossFit’s mission with the 421 affiliates in France. Notable mentions: Jimi Letchford, Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Greg Glassman, EvaClaire Synkowski, affiliation, affiliate owner, France, Austin Malleolo, Reebok CrossFit Louvre, Sajan translation services.
April 8, 2018
Troy Peterson is a veteran. He opens up on today’s podcast to tell his truths about addiction, depression and anxiety. Peterson believes he has been given a second chance at a happy life. CrossFit has played a major role in his progress, and he is looking forward to paying it forward. “The more truth that I speak, the better I feel, and the better I feel, the more people I can help,” he says. Notable mentions:Greg Glassman, weight loss, transformation, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, recovery, sexual assault, child abuse.
April 5, 2018
Justin Gehrt used to weigh 405 pounds. Now, at 195 pounds, he is excited to tell his story and be a positive example of how CrossFit can change your life. Notable mentions: Kai Rainey, Gary Roberts, “Killing the Fat Man” series, Kirkland CrossFit, Greg Glassman, weight loss, transformation.
April 4, 2018
“We believe that the animals deserve the utmost respect because they’re the ones making the ultimate sacrifice,” says Randy Strauss, the co-president and CEO of Strauss Meats. The Strauss family provides the very best meats, which Randy says is because of "our commitment to the welfare of the animals we raise, the sustainability of our planet, and the health of our families.” Strauss Meats aims to educate consumers about the benefits of eating healthy, grass-fed proteins. The Strausses are drawn to CrossFit because they share a commitment to creating healthy communities focused on making smart lifestyle choices. Notable mentions: Randy Strauss, Jerry Bussen, ethical agriculture, Greg Glassman, Strauss Meats, “Obesity: The Post Mortem,” Dave Castro, Rogue Fitness, Bill and Caity Henniger, Concept 2.
April 3, 2018
Brooks Laich has played in the National Hockey League since he was 20, spending time with the Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs along the way. Now, at the age of 34, he is transitioning away from hockey and finding a new passion: CrossFit. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Brooks Laich, Julianne Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” “Defining Brooks Laich,” Brick CrossFit, nutrition, Zone Diet, ketogenic diet.
March 29, 2018
n her teenage years, Alexandria Tolton suffered from a serious eating disorder. She believes that CrossFit has helped her overcome bulimia and understand how to live a healthy life. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Alexandria Tolton, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Greg Glassman, eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia, nutrition, Windsor CrossFit.
March 27, 2018
You might recognize them from the CrossFit Journal feature, “Our Why: Fighting Diabetes for Family.” Dani and Travis Raine tell their story of weight loss and reversing diabetes. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Dani Raine, Travis Raine, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Greg Glassman, Kai Rainey, “Our Why: Fighting Diabetes for Family.”
March 23, 2018
Gary Roberts is a producer and editor for CrossFit HQ. He also starred in CrossFit’s original series, “Killing the Fat Man.” Today he joins the podcast crew once again to discuss the upcoming release of “Killing the Fat Man: Season 2.”
March 21, 2018
Jason Ackerman is back on the show. Today he talks about best processes and practices for an affiliate owner. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Jason Ackerman, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Ronnie Teasdale, Leif Edmundson, Pat Sherwood, Chris Cooper, “Two-Brain Business,” Emily Abbott, Kirsten Pedri, Grandma Betty Anderson, David Osorio, Hollis Molloy, Wes Piatt, Dave Castro, David Tittle, Dr. Sean Rockett, Patrick Vellner, Kara Webb, Kara Saunders, Tia-Clair Toomey, Gregg Martino, Travis Bagent, Christian Lucero, Adrian Bozman.
March 20, 2018
Jason Ackerman is a Certified CrossFit Coach (C-L4) and member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff. He believes the way to a healthy and sustainable nutrition plan is flexible eating, and he is passionate about helping his clients have a positive relationship with food. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Jason Ackerman, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Ronnie Teasdale, Greg Glassman, Chris Cooper, The Zone Diet, David Osorio, Gary Roberts, Josh Murphy, Matt Bickel, Chris Spealler, “The Worlds Most Vexing Problem,” Nicole Carroll, “Jedi Knights,” Brian Chontosh, Roz Glanfield.
March 16, 2018
Ronnie Teasdale is a five-time, jorts-wearing Regional athlete. With CrossFit as his foundation, Teasdale now dabbles in a range of activities, including unicycling, tightrope walking, meditation, and even something called "Psychedelic Seduction." Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Ronnie Teasdale, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, Zach Forrest, Josh Everett, Stephane Rochet, Annie Sakamoto, Greg Glassman, Rob Wolf, Taoist philosophy, "Psychedelic Seduction," meditation, Ryan Fisher.
March 14, 2018
Liang Kong was the first Chinese coach to join the CrossFit Seminar Staff. CrossFit is rapidly gaining traction in China, the world’s most populous nation, with an average of one new affiliate opening each week. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Liang Kong, Dale Saran, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, CrossFit Seminar Staff, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, Vijay Raj, Erin Cafaro, Cherie Chan, Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Leah Polaski, Kevin Lim, Michael Dalton, Gary Roberts, Karianne Anthes, Karl Steadman.
March 13, 2018
Shiloh is 12 years old. He’s been doing CrossFit for 5 years, and he’s all in. Notable mentions: Shiloh Ellis, Mike Burgener, CrossFit Free, CrossFIt New England, Ben Bergeron, Katrin Davisdottor, “kettlebells4kids,” Chandler Walker, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.
March 9, 2018
Dr. Sean Rockett is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He’s also a member at CrossFit New England and part of the Games Medical Team. Rockett is experienced in treating injuries. As a CrossFit athlete, he’s also familiar with human movement and injury prevention. Check out his blog “321GOMD.com” for tips and tricks. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Dr. Sean Rockett, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Jonji Barber, Mat Fraser, Stephane Rochet, Ben Bergeron, Heather Bergeron, "321GoMD.com," Patrick Vellner, Kirsten Pedri, Hayley Matossian, Rich Froning, Dan Bailey, Katrín Davíðsdóttir, Dave Castro, Patrick Vellner, Ben Bergeron,
March 6, 2018
Karianne Anthes didn’t know how much CrossFit would change her life when she started training a group of women at a local park in Morristown, New Jersey. By 2008, she had opened her own affiliate, CrossFit Morristown. There, she serves a double role as passionate affiliate owner and coach. She is now a Certified CrossFit Coach (CF-L4), as well as Dave Castro’s whisperer during the Games. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Karianne Anthes, Paul Farmiga, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Dave Castro, Jon Gilson, Maggie Tincher, CrossFit Morristown, Tom Brady, Todd Widman, Greg Glassman, Hope for Kenya, Josh Bridges, Bill Anthes, David Osorio, "Behind the Scenes" series
March 5, 2018
Dan Bailey enters the “un-safe” room once again. Sevan and Matt provide 10 suggestions to make today’s guest better, including, “Stop missing the Games.” Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Dan Bailey, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, Hayley Matossian, Sam Dancer, Aaron Hoff, Matt Bickel, Nicole Peyton, Jason Khalipa, Miranda Oldroyd, CrossFit Video Contest, Worldwide: Diabetes Video Contest, Mexico: Concurso de video, Brazil: Competição de vídeos, Danny Broflex, Rogue Fitness, Kevin Daigle, RIch Froning, Hilary Froning, Bill Henniger, Caity Matter Henniger, Dave Castro, Scott Panchik.
March 2, 2018
Paul Farmiga had emergency open-heart surgery. He claims that CrossFit helped him through the procedure physically and mentally. Listen to his story and contact him for more details. If you want to learn more about Farmiga's story, send your questions through the form on his website (https://takeheart.today/contact/) or via email (farmiga@gmail.com). Notable mentions: Paul Farmiga, Karianne Anthes, Dr. Bob Spears, Greg Glassman, Guerrilla Fitness: Montclair, CrossFit Morristown, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.
February 27, 2018
Chris Spealler has competed in seven CrossFit Games as an individual. He’s not only a legend in the CrossFit world but also an affiliate owner, husband and father. He recently released his autobiography, “Speal: A David and Goliath Story.” Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Chris Spealler, Andréa Maria Cecil, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, CrossFit Video Contest, Josh Bridges, Mikko Salo, Rob Orlando, Kara Webb, Annie Thorisdottir, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Rich Froning, “Speal: A David and Goliath Story," Aaron Hoff, Dan Bailey, Heber Cannon, Noah Ohlsen, Katrin Davidsdottir, Ben Bergeron, Heather Bergeron, Dave Castro, Rob Forte, Mat Fraser, Jason Khalipa, Tahoe Throwdown: Rogue Vs. Again Faster, Pat Sherwood, Josh Bunch.
February 23, 2018
Noah Ohlsen finished one spot shy of the podium at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games. He talks with the podcast crew about his journey into the Sport of Fitness and experiences as a Games athlete. Notable mentions: Sevan Motassian, Noah Ohlsen, Eric Maciel, Matt Bischel, Joann Leigh, Dave Castro, Brooke Wells, Andrew Gwinn, Brooke Ence, Patrick Vellner, Chris Spealler, Mat Fraser, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Tyson Oldroyd, Emily Abbott, Sam Dancer, Marston Sawyers, Guido Trinidad, Ronnie Teasdale, Ben Smith, Rich Froning, Kenneth Leverich, Hillary Froning, Chuck Carswell, Jenni Orr, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.
February 22, 2018
Heber Cannon, Marston Sawyers and Mariah Moore are the creators of CrossFit’s most popular documentaries. The three filmmakers join the show and talk about the latest movie, “The Redeemed and the Dominant.” Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Mariah Moore, Marston Sawyers, Heber Cannon, Eric Maciel, Harvey Weinstein, Tyson Oldroyd, Quentin Tarantino, Connor Sparkman, Jenna Cannon, Torin Simpson, CrossFit Ohana, Nick Massie, “Cooking With Nick Massie: Meatza,” Ian Wittenber, “Froning: The Fittest Man in History - Official Trailer,” “Fittest On Earth 2015 - Official Trailer,” “Fittest On Earth: A Decade of Fitness – Official Trailer,” Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Scott Panchik, Katrín Davíðsdóttir, Mat Fraser, Dave Castro, Kevin Ogar, Carey Peterson, Sara Sigmundsdóttir, Ricky Garard, Tia-Clair Toomey, Kara Webb, Annie Thorisdottir.
February 19, 2018
Aaron Hoff is the owner of CrossFit Poipu and founder of the Keala Foundation. Hoff has been clean and sober for over 20 years. With CrossFit as his vehicle, Hoff is on a mission to deliver a safe and positive space for the youth of Hawaii. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Aaron Hoff, Matt Bickel, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Sam Dancer, CrossFit Poipu, Rory Zambard, CrossFit Kids, addiction, recovery, Greg Glassman, The Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run, Zach Forrest, CrossFit Kekaha, Keale Victorino, Lilly Thompson, Chris Cooper, Click here to GIVE - Campaign For Kekaha.
February 15, 2018
Matt Bickel is back on the show, joined by banana-hammock-wearing Sam Dancer. The new housemates discuss training, faith, and their health and fitness goals. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Sam Dancer, Matt Bickel, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Nick Massie, Ice Age Meals, Paleo Nick, CrossFit Invictus, Cara Hipskind, Eugene Monroe, Dr. Bob Spears, Jennifer Nobis-Dancer, Chris Cooper, Mark Divine, Brooke Wells, Cody Mooney.
February 13, 2018
Chris Cooper, author of “Two-Brain Business,” is back on the show.
February 10, 2018
Mr. Vellner is back! Today we hear tales from the CrossFit Games and training, and thoughts on the future of the competition. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Patrick Vellner, Tyson Oldroyd, Eric Maciel, Matt Bischel, Brent Fikowski, Emily Abbott, Mat Fraser, Scott Panchik, Rob Forte, Cody Mooney, Tim Paulson, Jason Carroll, Zeke Grove, Ben Smith, Spencer Panchik, Saxon Panchik, Alec Smith, Dane Smith, Logan Collins, Noah Ohlsen, Brooke Ence, James Fitzgerald, Jason Khalipa, Rich Froning, Graham Holmberg, Greg Glassman, Dave Castro, Emily Abbott, Ronnie Teasdale.
February 8, 2018
Third-fittest man on Earth Patrick Vellner sits down with Sevan and Matt. The Canadian is a busy guy, balancing his training schedule, school and relationships. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Patrick Vellner, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Noah Ohlsen, Brent Fikowski, Josh Bridges, Elijah Muhammad, Cirque du Soleil, Kara Webb, Ricky Garard, Garret Fisher, Jason Carroll, Julian Alcaraz, Jeff Patzer, Wes Piatt, Christian Lucero, Brooke Ence.
February 6, 2018
Four years after his tragic accident, Kevin Ogar continues to be an inspiration. He is a successful affiliate owner, Level 1 Seminar Staff member, and vice president of the Reveille Project, a nonprofit that uses fitness, nutrition and community to support post-active-duty veterans with mood disorders. On today’s show, Ogar reflects on the accident, training for USA Para Powerlifting, and what it’s like to live as a paraplegic. Notable mention: Sevan Matossian, Kevin Ogar, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Ogar: Will of Steel, Carey Peterson, Jay Vera, Megan Combies, Chris Stoutenburg, Wheel WOD, Zack Ruhl, Joshua Rucker, Dr. Bob Spears, Barbells for Boobs, Mat Fraser, Tyler Lasley, CrossFit Fringe, Matthew Bickel, CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training, Craig Hospital, Megan John, Johnathan Haynes, Zionna Hanson, Alec Zirkenbach, Logan Aldridge, Zach Forrest, Ben Smith, Brooke Ence, Brooke Wells.
February 2, 2018
Brooke Ence sits down with the CrossFit Podcast crew and discusses social media, training for the CrossFit Games, relationships and more. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Brooke Ence, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Chris Brown, Johnathan Haynes, Miranda Oldroyd, Wonder Woman, Justice League, "Humpty Hump," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rich Froning, Dave Castro, Marston Sawyers, Kai Rainey, Tim Chan, Bailey O’Regan, Justin Grant, The Rock, Greg Glassman, Josh Bridges, Hayley Parlen, Heber Cannon, Serena Williams.
January 31, 2018
CrossFit Games athlete Kirsten Pedri and her 97-year-old grandmother, Betty Anderson, join the show. “Seventy is not old,” says Anderson, who is now able to walk without the use of her cane. She has been steadily improving, mentally and physically, since beginning CrossFit training with her granddaughter. Notable mentions: Kirsten Pedri, Betty Anderson, Rebecca Voigt, Jamie Hagiya, Contest Submission - Grandma Betty, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Jeff Patzer, CrossFit Davis, Greg Glassman, Josh Bridges, adaptive athletes, CrossFit Specialty Course: Adaptive Training.
January 26, 2018
Eight-time CrossFit Games competitor Stacie Tovar talks about what it's like being the affiliate owner at CrossFit Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Stacie Tovar, Matt Bischel, Johnathan Haynes, Eric Maciel, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dustin Tovar, Leif Edmundson, Cara Hipskind, CrossFit Omaha, Kyle Kasperbauer, Joe Westerlin, Libby DiBiase, Addi Kahrs, Valerie Voboril, Rebecca Voigt, Tommy Marquez, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Rich Froning, C.J. Cummings, James Franco, Harvey Weinstein, Steve Irwin.
January 26, 2018
She's an affiliate owner, a wife and an eight-time CrossFit Games competitor. She's Stacie Tovar! And she's on the show to share how CrossFit has changed her life and what it's been like to transition away from competition. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Stacie Tovar, Matt Bischel, Johnathan Haynes, Eric Maciel, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dustin Tovar, Leif Edmundson, Cara Hipskind, CrossFit Omaha, Kyle Kasperbauer, Joe Westerlin, Libby DiBiase, Addi Kahrs, Valerie Voboril, Rebecca Voigt, Tommy Marquez, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Rich Froning, C.J. Cummings, James Franco, Harvey Weinstein, Steve Irwin.
January 9, 2018
Dr. Bob is back on the show! This time topics range from bald eagles to inappropriate doctor visits to the ketogenic diet. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Dr. Robert S. Spears, Matt Bischel, Mat Fraser, Dave Castro, Rich Froning, Gary Roberts, Cara Hipskind, Hayley Parlen, @crossfitrussia, Mike Suhadolnik, Dr. Craig Backs, Dave Chappell, "Tripping Over the Truth," Travis Christofferson, Otto Warburg, Thomas Seyfried, Ketogenic diet, I am Jocelyn -88lb Weight Loss with CrossFit, Leif Edmundson, Body dysmorphic disorder, Laura Bruner, Howard Stern, Atherosclerosis.
January 1, 2018
Dr. Craig Backs and 74-year-old CrossFit Instinct coach Mike Suhadolnik are on the show to discuss longevity, diabetes, obesity and the future of CrossFit. Sevan Matossian, Mike Suhadolnik, Dr. Craig Backs, Andréa Cecil, “Live to 100, Die on Your Feet,” Gary Taubes, CrossFit Instinct, Greg Glassman, CrossFit Health, bariatric surgery, “Enhancing Fitness at Decatur Memorial,” “The War of Art,” Steven Pressfield, Tim Hahn, Molly Hahn, Josh Bridges, CrossFit Decatur, CDC, Coca-Cola. --- The CrossFit Podcast is also available on: iTunes Google Play YouTube
December 27, 2017
CrossFit HQ Staff members and fit mamas Nicole Peyton and Laura Bruner join the podcast. The crew discusses tales from parenthood, CrossFit during pregnancy, sex during pregnancy, and everything in between. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Nicole Peyton, Laura Bruner, Matt Bischel, Jay Vera, Radical Roots Paige Driscoll, Dan Bailey, Modern Mamas Podcast, Chad Peyton, Hayley Parlen, Cat and Cloud Coffee Co., Verve Coffee Roasters, Naveen Hattis, CrossFit Santa Cruz, CrossFit Aptos, Zac Pine. --- The CrossFit Podcast is also available on: iTunes Google Play YouTube
December 22, 2017
CrossFit South Brooklyn owner and head coach David Osorio sits down with Sevan to discuss his decade of experience as an affiliate owner, how he's grown his affiliate, and lighter topics like tattoos and relationships. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, David Osorio, Matt Bischel, Adrian Bozman, CrossFit South Brooklyn, Austin Malleolo, James Hobart, Pat Barber, CrossFit Santa Cruz, Nadia Shatila, Brian Powers, Pat Sherwood, Reebok Nano 2.0, Christian Lucero. --- The CrossFit Podcast is also available on: iTunes Google Play YouTube
December 15, 2017
Josh Bunch joins the show and talks about "being better today," the theme of his book, "Paleo with a Purpose." Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Josh Bunch, Matt Bischel, Jay Vera, Cara Hipskind, "Paleo with a Purpose," Practice CrossFit, steroids, "This Atlas robot can do CrossFit better than you," Dave Castro, Greg Glassman, alcoholism, synthol, Tyson Oldroyd, Ragnar Race, vegetarianism, meditation, Paleo, Rumi, Michael Jordan, tattoos, Warburg, "Tripping Over the Truth," Travis Christofferson, Otto Heinrich Warburg, ketosis, John McLaughlin (J Mac), Dan Bailey, Mat Fraser, Ricky Garard, Lance Armstrong, Patrick Vellner, Level 1 Training Guide
December 13, 2017
Former "Valley girl" Katie Hogan started her CrossFit journey with Kristan Clever and Becca Voigt at Valley CrossFit. Hogan takes us back to what it was like to join CrossFit as a sport, and what it means to her now as a Level 1 Trainer. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Katie Hogan, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Rebecca Voigt, Lindsey Valenzuela, Kristan Clever, Annie Sakamoto, Eva Twardokens, Nicole Carroll, Valley CrossFit, Graham Holmberg, Rich Froning, Jolie Gentry, Gary Roberts, Donald Trump, Judi Oyama, Kevin Ogar, Dave Castro, Chris Spealler, Dan Bailey, Mark Bell, Jesse Burdick, Marston Sawyers, Travis Bagent, Libby DiBiase, Miranda Oldroyd, Sarah Hopping Estrella, Emily Abbott.
December 7, 2017
CrossFit Weightlifting coach Mike Burgener sits down with Sevan and Matt to discuss his involvement with USA Weightlifting and CrossFit. Notable mentions: Sevan Matossian, Mike Burgener, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, “Set-up and Positioning in the Olympic Lifts," "In the Rocking Chair With Coach Burgener: Episode 1,” “In the Rocking Chair With Coach Burgener: Episode 2,” Brooke Wells, Ben Garard, Dr. Nicholas Romanov, Casey Burgener, steroids, drug testing, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Marine Corps, Notre Dame Olympic Weightlifting coach, Father Lange, Leslie Burgener, Greg Glassman, Greg Amundson, Nicole Carroll, Josh Everett, Stephane Rochet, Eddie Lugo, “Miracle on the Hill,” Jordan Gravatt.
December 4, 2017
Kai Rainey is an inspiration. Prior to starting her CrossFit journey, Rainey weighed over 300 lb. Now, she eats clean and has an active lifestyle. “I’ve gone from a Size 28 to a Size 6. My waist is smaller now than my thigh was on Day 1. I’ve lost over half my body weight. Thanks to CrossFit, people I meet cannot believe I was ever obese,” Rainey reports in her CrossFit Journal article. Read the full story here: “Overweight? You Need to Read This.” Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Kai Rainey, Hugh Rainey, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, CrossFit Journal article: “Overweight? You Need to Read This,” Gary Roberts, Weight Watchers, Bailey O’Regan, Greg Glassman, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, CrossFit Fixx, Tyson Oldroyd, CrossFit Total, Rainey’s blog: “My Last Fat Summer.”
December 2, 2017
CrossFit Games announcer extraordinaire Sean Woodland has arrived. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Sean Woodland, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, the Zone Diet, Leah Polaski, Charlie Dube, Rich Froning, Mark Billingsby, Irvin Anfoso, Joe Novello, Mike Roth, Tommy Marquez, Stephen Curry, Liftoff, Mike Burgener, Tia-Clair Toomey, Kara Webb, Tanya Wagner, Dave Castro, Mat Fraser, Johnathan Haynes, Pat Sherwood, Rory McKernan, Tyson Oldroyd, Caleb Paquette-Ferguson, McDonald’s, CrossFit Loco Ocho, Dan Bailey, Joe Rogan.
November 29, 2017
Tommy Marquez joins the show and offers feedback on the podcast. He also discusses playing Spikeball and the upcoming Liftoff competition. Notable Mentions: Tommy Marquez, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, CrossFit Update Show, Pat Sherwood, Nicole Carroll, Joe Rogan, “Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem,” CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, Brooke Ence, Travis Williams, Dave Castro, Rob Orlando, Ben Smith, Rich Froning, Connor Sparkman, Aaron Hanna, Liftoff, Paradiso CrossFit, Mat Fraser, Tyson Oldroyd, Rory McKernan, Matthew Bickel, Johnathan Haynes, Leif Edmundson, Gary Roberts, Julie Foucher, Blink-182, Tom DeLonge.
November 27, 2017
Matthew Bickel used to weigh 450 pounds. Now, at 280 pounds, he’s excited to share his CrossFit experience with others struggling to find motivation. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Matthew Bickel, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem, Brooke Wells, gastric bypass surgery, Rich Froning, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, Stephen Hipskind, “Gwen,” CrossFit Poipu, Sam Dancer, Jennifer Dancer, Travis Bagent, Chris Hinshaw, CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Journal Feature: “RossFit,” cannabis, marijuana, Rory Zambard, Eric Botsford, Pat Burke, Jaime Silva, Megan Combies, Aaron Hoff, Bickel Consulting, Rory McKernan, Mat Fraser, Eric Dickerson, O.J. Simpson.
November 25, 2017
CrossFit HQ Publishing maven Cara Hipskind is on the show talking nutrition and how to cook in "Zone" proportions. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, Cara Hipskind, Tyson Oldroyd, Leif Edmundson, Mike Warkentin, Carey Peterson, Draymond Greene, Hayley Parlen, CrossFit Santa Cruz, Greg Glassman, Leftcoast Grassfed, TomKat Ranch, Kathy Webster, The Zone Diet, CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, Hollis Molloy, Rose Carman, Gary Roberts, Danielle Edmundson, Carole Mulford, Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Travis Williams, Rob Gronkowski, CrossFit Video Contest.
November 20, 2017
Sports scientist Dr. Nicholas Romanov visits CrossFit HQ. The developer of the Pose Method discusses running technique, doping in professional sports, his childhood in Russia and his accomplishments in track and field. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Dr. Nicholas Romanov, Severin Romanov, Matt Bischel, Tyson Oldroyd, the Pose Method, Eric Maciel, Fosbury Flop, Scott Panchik, “Albert Azaryan: Lord of the Rings,” Eliud Kipchoge, Dan Bailey, Usain Bolt, Socrates, Greg Glassman, Wilma Rudolph, Herb Elliott, Brent Fikowski, Jesse Owens, Grigory Mikhailovich Rodchenkov, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Dave Castro, Rich Froning, Pat Barber, John Brzenk, Alexey Voevoda, Mike Koslap, Liang Kong, Mat Fraser, Adrian Bozman, CrossFit Online Course: Running, CrossFit Workshop: Running, "The Running Revolution," "Pose Method of Running."
November 15, 2017
Kevin Johnson, also known as “Mad Dog,” sits down with the crew to talk about the early days with Greg at Research Park Dr. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Kevin “Mad Dog” Johnson, Matt Bischel, Greg Glassman, Jason Highbarger, Bruce Edwards, Eva Twardokens, Spike Lee, Eckhart Tolle, Lauren Glassman, Brian Mulvaney, Claudio Franca, Dave Leys, Greg Amundson, Matt Mast, Lloyd Lewis, Phil Mancini, Laird Hamilton, Athena, Annie Sakamoto, Nicole Carroll, Dave Castro, Brendan Gilliam, Rob Miller, Carey Peterson, Gary Roberts, Cara Hipskind, Kevin Ogar, “Ogar: Will of Steel.”
November 10, 2017
CrossFit O.G. Pat Barber joins the show. In a vest. He discusses his experience as a Games athlete, working for CrossFit Media, and family life. Notable Mentions: Jonji Barber, Leif Edmundson, Richard Simmons, Level 1 Certificate Course, Tony Budding, Dave Castro, Jason Khalipa, Josh Everett, Jeremy Thiel, "Every Second Counts," Chris Spealler, James “OPT” Fitzgerald, Josh Bridges, Carey Peterson, Andy Hendel, Annie Sakamoto, Greg Glassman, Nicole Carroll, Buddy Lee, Mark Rippetoe, Mike Burgener, John Hackleman, CrossFit Santa Cruz, Mallee Sato, Greg Amundson, Danielle Edmundson, Hollis Molloy, CrossFit Brand X, Mikko Salo, Graham Holmberg, Rich Froning, Hayley Parlen, Angie and Rory McKernan, Jared Truby, CrossFit Aptos, CrossFit Up, CrossFit Ready, Ryan DeWitt, Zach Pine, Tamaryn Barber, Lucas Zepeda, Gary Roberts, Carey Peterson, Tom Roth, Elijah "EZ" Muhammad, Jay Vera.
November 9, 2017
Pat Sherwood is back! Sevan checks in with Sherwood about the evolution of the Liftoff competition, as well as his military background. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Pat Sherwood, Eric Maciel, Matt Bischel, Liftoff, Dave Castro, Tommy Marquez, Patrick Vellner, Ben Smith, Mat Fraser, Concept 2, Assault AirBike, Megan Mitchell, Rich Froning, Dan Bailey, Tony Blauer, kamikaze, Chuck Norris, Linchpin, Chase Ingraham, Gary Roberts, Josh Bridges, Adrian Bozman, Rory McKernan.
November 3, 2017
Chris Cooper knows how to run a successful gym. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Eric Maciel, Tyson Oldroyd, Matt Bischel, Chris Cooper, Rush Limbaugh, Kathryn Lawson, Journal Video: “Kathryn: CrossFit Brought Her Back,” Two Brain Business, Chris Stoutenberg, Journal Article: “All Access Part 2: Roll On,” Lee A Iacocca, Lisbeth Darsh, Denis Turcotte, Dave Tate, Mel Siff, Mike Tyson, Greg Glassman, NSCA, Kathy Glassman, CrossFit Catalyst, San Jose Sharks, Sean Woodland, Level 1 Certificate Course, Brooke Ence, Mike Warkentin, Eminem, Dave Castro, Dan Bailey.
October 31, 2017
Have you ever wondered how Adrian Bozman became Head Judge for the CrossFit Games? Boz sits down with Sevan and Tyson to reveal his CrossFit history. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Adrian Bozman, Tyson Oldroyd, Dave Castro, Bill Pearl, Tony Blauer, Josh Bridges, Filson Vest, James Hobart, San Francisco Chronicle, Julio Iglesias, Greg Glassman, CrossFit Training Staff, Nicole Carroll, CrossFit Santa Cruz North, Chuck Carswell, Kimarie Haverty-Bozman, Annie Sakamoto, Hollis Molloy, Eva Twardokens (“Eva T”), John Hackleman, Jeff Martone, Mike Burgener, Kelly Starrett, San Francisco CrossFit, Diane Fu, Kevin Ogar, Mat Fraser, Rich Froning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Todd Widman, Dan Bailey, Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, Rory McKernan, Alessandra Pichelli, Team Series, Chase Ingraham.
October 27, 2017
Self-defense specialist Tony Blauer joins the show. The CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard teaches participants: 1. How to develop better situational awareness. 2. The importance of fear in life. 3. How to differentiate “real” danger from “imagined.” 4. How to manage fear in a crisis. 5. “Biologically hard-wired” physical self-defense skills. 6. “Human Weapon” system principles. 7. SPEAR™ system fundamentals. Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Tony Blauer, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Bischel, Eric Maciel, SPEAR™ Systems, James Hobart, self-defense, martial arts, karate, tae kwon do, P90X, Zumba, Reebok Nano 2.0, Ryan DeWitt, Journal Article: “True Warriors,” Tennyson Jacobson, Jay Vera, Dave Castro, Zach Forrest, Adrian Bozman, Greg Glassman, Kevin Ogar, Journal Article: “Fear Factor,” Rich Froning, Dan Bailey.
October 25, 2017
Hamilton Brodnax of CrossFit Saint Simons submitted a community video to CrossFit HQ. Sevan and crew critique the video and provide feedback.   Notable Mentions: Sevan Matossian, Andréa Maria Cecil, Mike Warkentin, Eric Maciel, Tyson Oldroyd, Hamilton Brodnax, CrossFit Saint Simons, Matt Bischel, Lucas Parker, Brooke Wells, Journal Video: “Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem,” Neo, The Matrix, Journal Article: “CrossFit Lifeguards: The Browns,” Gary Roberts, “Killing the Fat Man” series, Ben Bergeron, Travis Williams, Pat Barber, Barbara Boomer, Kirsten Pedri, CrossFit 204, Grandma Betty, 94-year-old Esperanza Galvez Lopez, Journal Article: “Living Large After Lung Loss,” Journal Article: “How Sami Mansfield Fights Cancer With Fitness,” Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping, Kyokushin.
October 24, 2017
The media crew is back to discuss a variety of topics, including the Masters competition, Fitness apps and CrossFit.com programming.
October 19, 2017
Dr. Robert S. Spears, MD, does CrossFit. He knew he needed to do something when he started feeling out of shape while doing his job. Dr. Bob went from fat to fit, and he wants more doctors to be exposed to the magic.
October 12, 2017
Affiliate owner, masters athlete, CrossFit commentator and father of two—Bill Grundler tells his story.
October 10, 2017
This week, Jamie Hagiya and Becca Voigt join the show. They share stories about body image, competition and relationships.
October 3, 2017
Josh Bridges and Dan Bailey are in the house.
September 28, 2017
Kelley Jackson and Jessica Griffith, otherwise known as “Team Booty and Tiny Beast,” visit CrossFit HQ for Week 1 of the Team Series. The duo joins the CrossFit Podcast and discusses their competitive experiences.
September 27, 2017
Prior to the Team Series Week 1 Live Announcement, James Hobart and Austin Malleolo join the CrossFit Podcast and get personal with Sevan Matossian.
September 25, 2017
Pat Sherwood, Rory McKernan and Sevan Matossian get to the bottom of the phone number fiasco. Among other things.
September 22, 2017
The Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser, joins the show.
September 21, 2017
Austin Malleolo reveals his delinquent past and what CrossFit means to him.
September 19, 2017
It has been six years since CrossFit’s original series, "Killing the Fat Man." Gary Roberts is back and ready to share his personal struggles as he embarks on Season 2.
September 14, 2017
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Garth Taylor joins the show to discuss his CrossFit journey.
September 11, 2017
Dan Bailey discusses his faith, the CrossFit Games masters competition, his relationship status and lifestyle changes.
September 8, 2017
Ever wonder how Rory McKernan started CrossFit? Learn more about how he went from brawling in Mexico, fishing for trout in Alaska and training athletes in San Diego to finally becoming a broadcaster for CrossFit HQ moving into a trailer.
September 6, 2017
CrossFit Inc. Founder Greg Glassman sits down and discusses the problem of chronic disease and how CrossFit can combat it. Show Notes And Additional Reading Articles • "The Atlantic: How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts" Videos • "Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem" • "This Is Your Lifeboat" • "Dr. Gary Fettke: The Role of Nutrition in Everything" • "Dr. Lustig: Type 2 Diabetes Is 'Processed Food Disease'" • "I Am Ivan" Books • "Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports" by Dr. Timothy Noakes • "Enter the Zone" by Dr. Barry Sears • "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution" by Robert C. Atkins • "Wheat Belly" by William Davis • "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" by Thomas Seyfried • "Protein Power" by Michael and Mary Eades • "The Schwarzbein Principle" by Diana Schwarzbein and Nancy Deville • "The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program" by Dr. Rachael F. Heller and Richard F. Heller • "The Fat Switch" by Richard J. Johnson • "Sugar Blues" by William Dufty • "Tripping Over the Truth" by Travis Christofferson Additional reading: • "CFJ: Issue 21" by Greg Glassman • "Fitness, Luck and Health" by Greg Glassman
August 20, 2017
Shortly after the CrossFit Games crowned the Fittest on Earth in Madison, Wisconsin, CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman says CrossFit’s true purpose is curing chronic disease. Speaking with Executive Director of Media Sevan Matossian, Glassman explains that his original prescription was designed to challenge the best athletes on the planet, and then he backfilled the program for grandmas, so to speak. While the spotlight is often on the elite, Glassman knows his program can also help millions of people who are sick and overweight. “The best work of the affiliates is the reversal and prevention of chronic disease, not sending athletes to the Games,” Glassman explains. Glassman says that the CrossFit community has already attracted all the fit people and athletes, and the new market is the unfit, the broken and the sick—people who are literally dying for help. “If you only work with healthy people, that’s only 30 percent of the population. … Seventy percent are going to die from chronic disease. I’d like to have that market,” he says. To that end, Glassman is reorienting his staff to understand that CrossFit Inc. is in the business of curing chronic disease. “We need to make it clear—starting with us, then going to the affiliates, and then going to the 175,000 trainers, and then to all of their clients, everyone that CrossFits in the land, and then finally to the general public that isn’t CrossFitting—that we sit in unique possession of a solution so elegant to chronic disease that it may be optimal. The only thing missing is our awareness.” Chronic diseases are ravaging the world, and yet the conditions are curable. These self-inflicted diseases are caused by excessive consumption of carbohydrates and sedentarism. Luckily, they can be cured with two complementary steps: “The solution is get off the couch, get off the carbs.” CrossFit affiliates are uniquely positioned to lead a health revolution through diet and exercise, and Glassman says it’s as simple as approaching people and telling them the truth: “You’re fat. You’re going to die. I can help you.” Overall, Glassman has recognized that while his program produces people like Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, its most important application is with people who are sick and dying. “We’re part of the disease economy, but we’re just the guys who make people well.”
March 30, 2017
CrossFit Radio gets a reboot in its inaugural episode in which you’ll hear the story of Milton Anthony–a blind, nearly-deaf, triple amputee who does CrossFit in Huntsville, Alabama. Anthony talks about the challenges and benefits of training in a CrossFit gym—and he isn’t afraid to open up about his past. His story is raw and gritty, and involves enough violent crime to qualify for a Quentin Tarantino film.   Written and Directed by Russell Berger.
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