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Tommy Marquez & Sean Woodland
CrossFit Games Analysts Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez bring you all the latest information, updates, and analysis on the sport of fitness, and the CrossFit community.
3 days ago
Top Off-Season Questions
With the bulk of the off-season still in front of us, Sean and Tommy go through the things they will be watching the most closely and the questions they hope to have answered in the coming months.
4 days ago
Fitness with Friends - Valerie Cohen
Valerie Cohen is the 2-time women's lower extremity CrossFit Games Champion. She won 6 of the 8 events this year at the Games and finished 2nd in the other two. Valerie talks about the gymnastics injury that nearly ended her athletic career and ultimately led her to CrossFit, her experience at the Games the last two years and the things she thinks CrossFit is getting right when it comes to the adaptive competition.
Sep 22, 2022
Offseason Qualifier Update and a Conversation with Annie Sakamoto
The online qualifiers for Wodapalooza and the Dubai CrossFit Championship are entering their final weeks. Sean and Tommy have an update on what is going on with each and the athletes who are vying for spots at those competitions. Annie Sakamoto joins the show to talk abour her 14-year career as an affliate owner and what it's like to compete in the Legends division at the Rogue Invitational. Plus, another round of PRs and No Reps and the crazy things chess competitors allegedly are doing to cheat.
1 hr 16 min
Sep 20, 2022
Fitness with Friends #101 - Emily Rolfe
Emily Rolfe had quite the scare this past August at the CrossFit Games. She had to be rushed to emergency surgery after the opening event and could have lost her arm if not for the quick actions of the Games medical staff. Rolfe talks about what happened to her in Bike to Work that ultimately led to her being taken to the hospital, why she initially wanted to keep competing, how she manages training for the Games while having a full-time job and what it’s like going up against athletes who are half her age.
Sep 15, 2022
Recap from Madrid and What's Up with Wodapalooza
Another offseason competition is in the books. Sean and Tommy recap the Madrid CrossFit Championship and share their top takeaways from last weekend. Vice President of Sports for Loud and Live Dylan Maltisky joins the show to talk about the changes that are being made for Wodapalooza in 2023 and what fans can expect to see in Miami. Plus, PRs and No Reps and why Tommy is feeling a little bit older today.
1 hr 6 min
Sep 13, 2022
Fitness with Friends #100 - Jayson Hopper
Jayson Hopper is coming off his best career finish at the CrossFit Games in 2022. He took 7th overall in August in his second trip to Madison. Hopper talks with Tommy Marquez about his experience at the Games this year, the differences between his first and second appearances in Madison, the mental challenges he faced during the compeititon and the moments from the Games that stand out the most to him.
Sep 8, 2022
HWPO Adds 3, CrossFit Loses 1 and Tia's Back
The offseason churn continues. HWPO adds three more elite athletes to their roster. Sean and Tommy tell you who is joining Mat Fraser's crew and the effect it could have on the training camp landscape. Another executive is leaving CrossFit. Is it cause for concern? Plus, it turns out Tia Toomey was not one hundred percent at the CrossFit Games and an update on the Rogue Invitational Qualifier.
1 hr 10 min
Sep 2, 2022
The "Q" Update and a Conversation with Justin Cotler
We are still awaiting the final results from the Rogue Invitational Qualifier. Sean and Tommy give an update on where things currently stand and what penalites have been handed out. Justin Cotler, the head of Underdogs Athletics joins the show to talk about this last season, his work with Ricky Garard, Alex Gazan, the future of his training camp and what he does to make sure he's getting the right people to join his crew. Plus, PRs and No Reps and Sean takes his family to a not-so-family-friendly coffee establishment.
1 hr 34 min
Aug 30, 2022
The Masters Chatter - Recapping the CrossFit Games
Games Masters competitors Justin Lasala, Mike Kern, Clint Paddock and Jennifer Dieter join Sean Woodland to talk about their experiences at the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games, what they thought of the programming, things they think can get better and what they think were the best parts of this last season.
Aug 25, 2022
A Conversation with Justin Medeiros and Ellie Turner
The 2-time Fittest Man on Earth and the woman who finished 18th in her second year at the CrossFit Games sit down with Sean and Tommy on this week's episode. Justin Medeiros and Ellie Turner talk about their Games experience, training together at CrossFit Fort Vancouver, things they need to work on heading into 2023 and their plans for the remainder of the year.
1 hr 22 min
Aug 23, 2022
Fitness with Friends #99 - CrossFit CEO Don Faul
Don Faul sits down with Sean and Tommy to discuss his first two weeks as the CEO of CrossFit. He talks about his background in both the military and business, how the opportunity came about to become CrossFit's CEO, why the job was appealing to him, and his short and long term goals for the company.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 19, 2022
Final Answers and a Conversation with NOBULL CMO Todd Meleney
Now that the Games are over, Sean and Tommy can give their final answers to their top 10 questions heading into the season. Todd Meleney, the CMO of NOBULL stops by to talk about his key takeaways from NOBULL's second year as the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games and their new partnership with the NFL. Plus, Tommy wins a championship in Chicago and PRs and No Reps.
1 hr 35 min
Aug 11, 2022
Games Debrief with Adrian Bozman
CrossFit's Competition Director Adrian Bozman joins Sean to talk about the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games. They go through each individual event, talk about how they came about, some of the highlights from each, the challenges Bozman had to overcome to see his vision come to life in Madison and what he's most proud of when he looks back on the experience.
1 hr 25 min
Aug 7, 2022
CrossFit Games Day 5 Recap - Crowning the Fittest on Earth
The 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games are in the books. Tia Toomey wins her sixth title while Justin Medeiros gets his second. Sean tells us what led up to him announcing Tia's retirement during the broadcast. The guys break down what happened on the final day of competition and talk about why they are optimistic for the future.
Aug 7, 2022
CrossFit Games Day 4 Recap - Big Bad Bags and The Race for the Podium
Day 4 at the CrossFit Games closed with a bang! Sean and Tommy recap the Sandbag Ladder and preview the final day of competition. Plus, Tommy nearly gets run over by a runaway skydiver.
Aug 6, 2022
CrossFit Games Day 3 Recap - The Future is Now and a Conversation with Television Director Mike Roth
Day 3 at the CrossFit Games featured one of the most iconic events we have seen during our time in Madison. "The Capitol" provided us with some incredible performances and an ending we'll never forget. Sean and Tommy talk about why they're excited for the future of the sport. Plus, television director Mike Roth stops by to give you an inside look at what it took to pull off the broadcast of "The Capitol."
Aug 4, 2022
CrossFit Games Day 2 Recap - Tia is on a Tear and Garard is good
A rest day becomes a work day. Tia Toomey is back on track, Ricky Garad stays on top and there's a surprise leader in the team competition. Plus, the age groups and adaptive divisions kick off and a quick look at CrossFit's new CEO Don Faul.
Aug 4, 2022
CrossFit Games Day 1 Recap - Trouble for Tia and Ricky's Wild Ride
Sean and Tommy recap an eventful opening day of competition at the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games. Tia Toomey is in unfamiliar territory after three events, but is it panic time for the 5-time champ? There was mass confusion in event 1 for the men. The guys explain how the chaos unfolded, why Ricky got lost in the midst of everything and explain what went on behind the scenes to figure everything out.
Aug 1, 2022
Breaking the Programming Code with Chase Ingraham and Bill Grundler
It's a mega episode featuring the Mega Powers. Sean and Tommy team up with Chase Ingraham and Bill Grundler to break the programming code for the CrossFit Games. They try and pick the events from each year at the CrossFit Games where the finishing order most closely resembled the final overall standings.
1 hr 40 min
Jul 31, 2022
Live from Men's Check In at the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games
Tommy Marquez talks with Jayson Hopper, Justin Medeiros, Ricky Garard, Noah Ohlsen, Roman Khrennikov, Travis Mayer and Bjorgvin Karl Guomundsson as they check in for the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games.
1 hr 5 min
Jul 31, 2022
Live From Women's Check In at the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games
Tommy Marquez catches up with Laura Horvath, Mal O'Brien, Tia Toomey, Haley Adams, Emma Lawson, Brooke Wells and Alexis Raptis as they check in for the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 28, 2022
CrossFit Games Men's Preview
Sean and Tommy take a close look at the men's field for the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games. Find out who they think has the best chance of keeping Justin Medeiros off the top of the podium and their picks for who will end up finishing inside the top 5.
1 hr 28 min
Jul 27, 2022
CrossFit Games Women's Preview
Sean and Tommy break down the women's division for the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games and make their picks for who will finish in the top 5 in Madison.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 26, 2022
Fitness with Friends #98 - Caroline and Austin Spencer
Caroline and Austin Spencer are the fourth husband and wife duo to compete at the Games in the same year. Caroline is making her second straight appearance in Madison while this will be Austin’s first time competing at the Games. They talk about Austin getting invited to Madison after initially thinking he had failed to qualify, how they manage their relationship, careers and training, how competitive things can get when they train together and whether or not they have made any friendly wagers heading into the Games.
Jul 25, 2022
Fitness with Friends #97 - Alex Gazan
Alex Gazan qualified for the CrossFit Games for the first time after finishing 4th at the Granite Games. Sean and Tommy talk to her about how she was able to join the Underdogs Athletics crew, why Justin Cotler is the right coach for her, how high school lacrosse led her to CrossFit and her goals for the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games.
Jul 22, 2022
Fitness with Friends #96 - Jeff Adler and Caroline Lambray
Jeff Adler is making is 3rd straight appearance at the CrossFit Games after winning the Atlas Games semifinal. He is one of the few elite athletes out there who has a woman for a coach. That woman is Caroline Lambray, who is also his fiancé. Sean and Tommy talk to them about preparing for another trip to the CrossFit Games, how coaching and their relationship affect each other and how Jeff has changed as an athlete since making his Games debut in 2019.
Jul 20, 2022
Team Preview and a Conversation with Dallin Pepper
It's time to start getting ready for action at the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games. On this episode, Sean and Tommy preview the team competition. Can anyone dethrone Mayhem Freedom? Is Reykjavik really the number one threat to Rich Froning and company? What other teams may factor into the competition? Dallin Pepper stops by to talk about his upcoming first career invidual appearance at the CrossFit Games, his friendship with James Sprague and what it's been like training with Danielle Brandon.
1 hr 32 min
Jul 18, 2022
Fitness with Friends #95 - Pat Vellner
Pat Vellner is getting set to make his 7th consecutive individual appearance at the CrossFit Games. Sean and Tommy had a great conversation with him and they covered a variety of topics including the recent positive drug tests that came out of semifinals, what he thinks of the current season structure, things the PFAA is focusing on heading into next year and his thoughts on the men’s field that will be competing this year at the CrossFit Games.
1 hr 11 min
Jul 15, 2022
Fitness with Friends #94 - Adrian Bozman
Adrian Bozman and his team are putting the final touches on the events for the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games. They just finished up a week in Columbus, Ohio testing and tweaking everything the athletes will face in Madison. He talks about the recent rash of failed drug tests, what his process looks like when it comes to programming something as involved in the Games and what he learned from his years working closely with Dave Castro to come up with the ultimate test of fitness.
Jul 13, 2022
PED Talk and Brute Strength Coach Matt Torres
This past week has seen a bevy of failed drug tests from athletes who qualified for the CrossFit Games out of semifinals. Sean and Tommy talk about where this season ranks when compared with other years that saw failed tests and they look to the past to figure out what things might be done moving forward. Brute Strength coach Matt Torres joins the show to talk about Phill Toon's positive test, Danielle Brandon training in Naples and what to expect from the Brute athletes who are heading to the Games.
1 hr 41 min
Jul 8, 2022
Failed Drug Tests, Elisa Fuliano and No More Dog Days for Danielle
Two more athletes have tested positive for PED's out of semifinals. Sean and Tommy discuss the case of Nicolas Joyal, who finished 5th at the Atlas Games and admitted to knowingly taking a banned substance. Elisa Fuliano joins the show as she gets ready to make her first career CrossFit Games appearance despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 8 months ago. Danielle Brandon and Underdogs Athletics are parting ways less than a month from the Games. Sean and Tommy talk about the suprising move and what it means for the futures of both Danielle and Underdogs.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 6, 2022
Coaching Carousel, Clues and Campbell.
It's time for Games clues! What has been trickling out and what could it mean for Madison? A CompTrain coach is heading to HWPO. Sean and Tommy Discuss the move and the effect it could have on the training camp landscape. Lucy Campbell joins the show to talk about preparing for her first career trip to the CrossFit Games, and the guys review the top 10 questions they had coming into the season.
1 hr 41 min
Jul 1, 2022
Last Chance Qualifier Recap
Last Chance Qualifier winners Tim Paulson and Arielle Loewen join Sean and Tommy to recap the last stop on the road to the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games. Plus, the guys field some questions from the live audience regarding Semifinals programming, more Games spots for Oceania and Europe and what the future holds for Sara Sigmundsdottir.
Jun 29, 2022
Last Chance Qualifier Preview
Sean and Tommy break down the four Last Chance Qualifier workouts and talk about who they think has the best chances of advancing to the CrossFit Games.
Jun 27, 2022
Fitness with Friends #93 - Tia-Clair Toomey
In this interview, Tia and Sean really didn’t spend a ton of time talking about CrossFit. Instead, Sean tries to get to know her as a person a little better. Tia talks about her childhood, the values she learned from her parents, what it was like to be the oldest of 3 sisters, how she met her husband, and advice she wishes she could give to her younger self.
Jun 22, 2022
Getting Ready for the LCQ with Tim Paulson and Kloie Wilson
We are one week away for the beginning of the Last Chance Qualifer. Tim Paulson and Kloie Wilson are two of the athletes hoping to earn one of the final two spots available at the CrossFit Games. They join Sean and Tommy to talk about their preparations, managing the pressure of competing in an online format and how they've stayed positive after failing to qualify in the semifinals. Plus, a pair of failed drug tests have the potential to shake up the team field in Madison.
1 hr 19 min
Jun 15, 2022
Welcome Back, Castro, Roman is Ready and Week 4 Semifinals Recap
Dave Castro is returning to CrossFit. Sean and Tommy discuss the move and why it's a win for everyon involved. The long wait is over! We'll finally get to see Roman Khrennikov in Madison. Semfinals are over as the Atlas Games, Strength in Depth and Copa Sur close out the final weekend. Sean and Tommy talk about the main takeaways from the three competitions, what surprised them and why CrossFit continues to look more and more like other professional sports.
1 hr 40 min
Jun 8, 2022
Atlas Games, Strength in Depth and Copa Sur Preview
The final week of Semifinals is upon ups. Sean and Tommy break down the Atlas Games, Strength in Depth and Copa Sur. They talk about the storylines to watch going in, who are the favorites in each division and who they think will be heading to Madison to compete at the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games.
1 hr 19 min
Jun 6, 2022
Semifinals Week 3 Recap
The Granite Games and Far East Throwdown are the latest two semfinals to send ahtletes to the CrossFit Games. Sean and Tommy break down the resulst from each, talk about the biggest surprises and predict who might be able to make some noise in Madison.
1 hr 13 min
Jun 2, 2022
Granite Games and Far East Throwdown Preview
It's week three of the Semifinals and Sean and Tommy get you set for the next to competitions on the schedule. They break down super competitive fields for the women, men and teams at the Granite Games and pick who they think will be booking trips to Madison at the end of the weekend. They also take a look at the Far East Throwdown where two women, men and teams will be earning a trip to the 2022 No Bull CrossFit Games. Plus, why the Panchiks had the best gender reveal ever.
1 hr 5 min
Jun 1, 2022
The Situation in Sweden, MACC and Fittest in Cape Town Review
CrossFit has ruled that Viktor Langsved is ineligible to compete on CrossFit Nordic Oiginal's team at Strength in Depth. Tommy takes a detailed look at the evidence that was presented in his defense to give a complete look at how complex the situation is. Plus, a review of the action from the MACC and Fittest in Cape Town and why Cracker Barrel is an American institution.
1 hr 44 min
May 26, 2022
Memorial Day Special with Sean Lake of Bubs Naturals
Sean Lake is the co-founder and owner of Bubs Naturals, a company whose name derives from Glen “Bub” Doherty who lost his life in the Benghazi attacks in 2012. Sean shares Glen Doherty’s incredible story, the bravery and heroism he showed in Libya during the Benghazi attacks and how he inspired Sean to start Bubs Naturals. Sean also spends some time talking about Memorial Day and the personal meaning hero workouts have for him. It’s a great listen and it definitely will give you a little something extra to think about and appreciate this memorial day.
May 26, 2022
Sounds of the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge
Sean and Tommy talk with Spencer Panchik, Cole Sager, Brooke Wells, Baylee Rayl, Saxon Panchik, Justin Cotler, Danielle Brandon and Noah Ohlsen on the eve of the first day of competition at the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge.
1 hr 22 min
May 25, 2022
MACC, Fittest in Cape Town and Age Group Semifinals Preview
The Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge and Fittest in Cape Town highlight week two of in-person semifinals action. Sean and Tommy look at the top storylines from each competition and give their picks for the three divisions. The Age Group Online Semifinals begin this weekend. The guys go through the six workouts and take a trip all the way back to 2006 on the mainsite in the process.
1 hr 44 min
May 23, 2022
Semifinals Week 1 Recap
Sean and Tommy look back on the Syndicate Crown, the Lowlands Throwdown and the Torian Pro. They talk about the big storylines coming out of each competition, who had the best performances and the biggest moments from each semifinal.
1 hr 15 min
May 19, 2022
Sounds of the Syndicate Crown
Sean and Tommy sit down with CrossFit stats guru Tyler Watkins and athletes Kristi Eramo-O'Connell, Justin Medeiros, Christine Kolenbrander, Will Moorad, Haley Adams, Olivia Sulek and Scott Panchik as they prepare to compete in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Syndicate Crown CrossFit Semifinal event.
1 hr 52 min
May 17, 2022
Torian Pro and Lowlands Throwdown Preview
There's semifinals action in Australia and Amsterdam this weekend. Sean and Tommy break down the Torian Pro and Lowlands Throwdown. What are the top storylines and who do they think will be moving on to the CrossFit Games. Plus, another round of PRs and No Reps including a really fit detective and a 700 pound deadlift.
1 hr 14 min
May 12, 2022
Syndicate Crown Preview
Semifinals are just a week away! Sean and Tommy preview the men's, women's and team divisions for the Syndicate Crown. What storylines will they be watching and who do they think will wind up earning a trip to Madison? Plus, another round of PRs and No-Reps that includes a barefoot pursuit of a hit and run suspect.
1 hr 17 min
May 5, 2022
CrossFit Answers Quarterfinals Questions and Gina Delucia heads to the WWE
CrossFit held its second press conference of the Games season. Director of Sport Justin Bergh and Competition Director Adrian Bozman answered questions about quarterfinals, semifinals and the location of the CrossFit Games in 2023. Hear what they had to say and what Sean and Tommy thought about it. Plus, CrossFit athlete Gina Delucia joins the show to talk about signing a developmental contract with the WWE.
1 hr 51 min
Apr 28, 2022
The Pros and Cons of Being Professional
You often hear that CrossFit needs to be more like a professional sport. But what exactly does that mean? Sean and Tommy discuss what they think needs to happen in order for that to happen. Plus, Tommy talks abou this experience with the Age Group Quarterfinals workouts.
1 hr 19 min
Apr 26, 2022
Fitness with Friends #92 - Ricky Garard
Ricky Garard is back competing in the sport of fitness after serving a four-year suspension after testing positive for PEDs following the 2017 CrossFit Games. Garard talks about returning to live competition for the first time at the 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship, what it's like to be part of the Underdogs Athletics crew and how he's changed as an athlete and a person over the last four years.
Apr 25, 2022
The Masters Chatter - Age Group Quarterfinals Recap
It's a packed house for this Age Group Quarterfinals recap. The crew talks about the programming and how effective it was in getting the top 30 in each division to the semfinals, what we can expect in the next round and how to make sure athletes adhere to the movement standards more consistently.
Apr 20, 2022
Boz Talks Semifnals and A Competition for the Ages
CrossFit's Competion Director Adrian Bozman joins Sean and Tommy to talk about seeding athletes out of Quarterfinals, why some athletes get moved from one competition to another and the things CrossFit takes into consideration when making those decisions. Plus, defending 45-49-year-old champion Annie Sakamoto stops by the studio to discuss the floor plans for the Age Group Quarterfinals and speculate what the workouts may be.
1 hr 31 min
Apr 18, 2022
Fitness with Friends #91 - Rob Kearney
Rob Kearney is one of the top strongman competitors in the world. He recently took 5th place and the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic and is currently getting ready to compete at World’s Strongest Man in May. He also happens to be a self-professed CrossFit nerd. Rob talks about what it’s like to train for strongman competitions, how CrossFit led him to his strongman career, his decision to come out as gay in 2014, and how that decision has led him to become one of the leading advocates for the LGBTQ community.
Apr 15, 2022
Setting up the Semis, The Full Team Experience and Top Ten Check In
Individuals are accepting their invitations to Semifinals. Sean and Tommy go through each event and highlight some athletes and matchups they will be watching. The Team Quarterfinals taught us that experience can often beat fitness, and the guys revisit their top ten questions heading into the Games season.
1 hr 41 min
Apr 14, 2022
Fitness with Friends #90 - Justin Medeiros
Justin Medeiros is coming off first place worldwide finish in quarterfinals and will be competing at the Syndicate Crown Semifinal in Knoxville, Tennessee. He talks about getting ready for his first live competition of the season and what his approach will be to semifinals this year. We also spend a lot of time getting to know more about him as a person. Justin also talks about growing up in Lodi, California, the life lessons he learned from wrestling and how his mom is responsible for getting him into CrossFit.
Apr 9, 2022
Fitness with Friends #89 - Ali Turpie
We always love talking with people in the community who have incredible stories and Ali Turpie is one of those people. Turpie trains at New Wave CrossFit in the UK. In December of 2020, he suffered a stroke at the age of 28-years-old. Turpie used his fitness, the support of his local CrossFit community and his desire to help others to get through the ensuing recovery. This year he completed every workout in the Open as prescribed and qualified for quarterfinals.
Apr 6, 2022
Leaderboard Drama and Teaming Up on Floor Plans
The confusion and drama surrounding the individual quarterfinals leaderboard continues. Sean and Tommy offer their thoughts about what could be done in the future to prevent this from happening again. The team floor plans have been released. What could the workouts be and who are the teams to watch this weekend? Plus, the worst part about living in California.
1 hr 14 min
Mar 30, 2022
Bethany's Back, Greer's Grief and When Bro Reps are No Reps
We continue to get answers to some lingering questions from Individual Quarterfinals. What happened to Bethany Shadburne? Where was Anikha Greer's score for workout 5? Plus, Senior Manager of CrossFit's Competition Team Dave Eubanks joins Sean and Tommy to discuss the fallout from Griffin Roelle's video from workout 4, the review process for quarterfinals and how his team decides on penalties.
1 hr 31 min
Mar 23, 2022
Start the Pressers! and Let's Look at Floorplans
The CrossFit Games competition team held it's first virtual press conference last week. Sean and Tommy play some of the answers both General Manager of Sport Justin Bergh and Director of Competition Adrian Bozman gave to various questions about Open programming, the quarterfinals and why a handful of teams from South America were disqualified from the Affiliate Cup competition. Plus, the floorplans for the quarterfinals workouts are out, so it's time to speculate about what the tests will be.
1 hr 27 min
Mar 21, 2022
Fitness with Friends #88 - James Sprague
James Sprague is looking to earn his first individual appearance at the CrossFit Games in 2022. He has competed twice as a teenager, finishing inside the top five in both the 14–15-year-old division and the 16–17-year-old division. He has recently moved to Naples, Florida to train with the Brute Crew that includes Dallin Pepper and Emma Cary. James talks about how he found Crossfit, his relationship with his father who is also a Games athlete, the experience he gained competing at the West Coast Classic last year and what it’s like training with the Brute Crew in Florida.
Mar 20, 2022
The Masters Chatter - Reviewing the Open and Previewing the Quaterfinals
CrossFit Games veterans Jen Dieter, Justin Lasala, Bob Jennings, Mike Kern and Clint Paddock join Sean Woodland to give their thoughts about the Open, what they expect to see and what they want to see in the upcoming quarterfinals.
Mar 16, 2022
Chalk it Up to a Mistake, The Open is Closed and Team Trouble
The Morning Chalk Up recently issued a correction regarding the article and podcast they published regarding E. coli in Lake Monona in Madison. Sean and Tommy discuss the move, where things went wrong and why CrossFit may have chosen to remain silent when it was published. The Open is officially over. What was good, what needs work and what can we expect moving forward? Plus, Facundo Etchecolatz from CrossFit Mayhem joins the show to talk about the teams in Argentina that have been disqualified from competition.
1 hr 42 min
Mar 14, 2022
Fitness with Friends #87 - Mat Fraser
Mat Fraser continues to keep himself busy in his life following his retirement from competition. He talks about the new HWPO app that he and his team have just launched, what it’s like moving into the role of a coach after spending so much time as an athlete, what makes Mal O’Brien such a great athlete and what he thinks about the state of the sport of CrossFit as we head further into the 2022 season.
Mar 10, 2022
Roman's Arrival, 22.3 Preview and a Conversation with Justin Bergh
Roman Khrennikov catches a break and gets into the United States. Justin Bergh, CrossFit's GM of Sport sits down with Sean Woodland on the eve of the 22.3 announcement to talk about the Open, what obstacles he needs to navigate to continue to grow the sport and when we may see the CrossFit Games outside the United States. Plus, Sean and Tommy recap 22.2 and tell us what stands out on the overall leaderboards before previewing 22.3
1 hr 42 min
Mar 2, 2022
Teens Take Over, How Swede it is and Previewing 22.2
The first week of the Open is behind us and once again the teenagers are making noise in the women's division. Tia Toomey starts strong and Kristin Holte still has it. An unfamiliar name leads the way for the men while the defending fittest man on Earth starts in the top 5. Sean and Tommy also preview the matchups for 22.2 and try to decipher the clue that was posted on Instagram.
1 hr 28 min
Feb 27, 2022
Fitness with Friends #86 - Snorri Baron
Snorri Baron is one of the most influential on the CrossFit management landscape. He works with several athletes including Roman Khrennikov and Sara Sigmundsdottir. He has been working on Roman’s behalf to secure a Visa for the Russian athlete to get into the United States if he earns the right to compete at the CrossFit Games. A few weeks ago, Roman was granted that Visa. Snorri talks about the process they went through to get Roman’s Visa approved, what people can expect to see from Khrennikov if and when he gets to the Games and Sara Sigmundsdottir’s progress as she continues to work her way back from the knee injury she suffered last season. One quick note – This interview was recorded before the current events in Ukraine unfolded. That is why we did not get a comment from Snorri about what the conflict in that country could mean for Roman’s hopes of competing in person at the CrossFit Games.
Feb 26, 2022
Friday Night Lights 22.1 - LIVE!
Special guests Adrian Bozman, Chase Ingraham, John Wooley from Make Wods Great Again and 13-time CrossFit Games athlete Becca Voigt-Miller join Sean and Tommy as they check in with gyms doing Friday Night Lights for 22.1.
Feb 23, 2022
22.1 Preview, Mayhem Finds Their Man and Bye Bye, Briggsie
The Open is here! Tommy sits down with the four athletes who are taking part in the live announcement of 22.1. Mayhem manages to get better as we now know the identity of their newest team member. Plus, The Engine from England is making one last run around the track, CART calls it a career and Saxon Panchik moves to PRVN.
1 hr 40 min
Feb 21, 2022
The Masters Chatter - Let's Talk About the Upcoming Season
It's show for Masters athletes by Masters athletes. Sean and Tommy have joined forces with the crew from The Masters Chatter. Former CrossFit Games Masters competitors Bob Jennings, Mike Kern, Jeb Simmons and Clint Paddock discuss the main things that are on their minds as we get set to start the 2022 season. Topics include event programming without Dave Castro, the addition of virtual semifinals and the reduction of the Games field to just 10 athletes from each age group.
Feb 16, 2022
Fitness with Friends #85 - Arielle Loewen
Arielle Loewen qualified for the CrossFit Games for the first time in her career in 2021 when she finished 1st at the Granite Games. She would go on to finish 14th in Madison and is coming off a 3rd place finish at Wodapalooza. She talks about her expectations heading into the semifinals last season, how winning the Granite Games helped resurrect her career, the lessons she’s learned about herself as an athlete and a person and what her expectations are heading into this season.
Feb 16, 2022
A Mayhem Movie, Coming to America and We'll do it Live
CrossFit Mayhem is releasing its first documentary. Tommy got a sneak peek and has a review. Roman Khrennikov clears a major hurdle when it comes to competing at the CrossFit Games. The Open is one week away! Sean and Tommy preview the matchups for the live announcement of 22.2. Plus, PRs and No-reps and Sean celebrates the Rams Super Bowl win.
1 hr 13 min
Feb 11, 2022
Fitness with Friends #84 - Anikha Greer
Anikha Greer started competing in CrossFit when she was 15 years-old and has almost made the Games on a couple of occasions. She recently finished 12th at Wodapalooza and had an event win as well. We talk to her about how she got involved in CrossFit, What she learned from Wodapalooza, her goals for the season and why her workout playlist isn’t that popular at her gym.
Feb 10, 2022
Semifinals Kind of Life and Top Questions Heading into the Season
The Semifinals are all set (again)! A new event fills out the schedule in North America. Sean and Tommy talk to Wilson Pak and Luke Espe, the Directors of both the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge and Syndicate Crown. The season is upon us. Sean and Tommy list the top 10 questions they have as we get set to kick things off. Plus, Sara goes down to Georgia and Sean almost sues Comedy Central.
1 hr 32 min
Feb 4, 2022
Fitness with Friends #83 - Matt O'Keefe
Matt O’Keefe recently announced that he is leaving Loud and Live Sports to pursue other opportunities. First off, he tells us what he is going to be doing, why this was the right time to make the move, the things he is looking to accomplish in his new venture in both the short and long term and what he thinks needs to happen for the sport of CrossFit to continue to grow and succeed.
Feb 3, 2022
#164 - Eric Roza's Big Move and Gearing up for The Open
Eric Roza is moving from CrossFit's CEO to the Chairman of the Board. Sean and Tommy discuss the move, the misinformation out there, why people are skeptical and what the next move might be. The equipment list for the Open has been released. What movements might we see and what workouts might be repeated? Plus, PRs and No-Reps and Community Support.
1 hr 24 min
Feb 1, 2022
Fitness with Friends #82 - Bethany Shadburne
Bethany Shadburne is hoping to make it back to the CrossFit Games for the 6th time in her career this year. Her best finish was 8th in 2019. She is also coming off a second-place finish at Wodapalooza a few weeks ago. Bethany talks about what it was like to miss out on competing at the CrossFit Games last year due to COVID, how she has changed as an athlete, how she’s adjusted her training to be more effective, and her overall growth as a person over the last few years.
Jan 26, 2022
#163 - CrossFit's Monstars, The Queen's Gambit and Semis are Set
Monster Energy announced they have signed some of the top athletes in the sport of fitness. Sean and Tommy talk about what it could mean for the sport and some of the reactions from the community at large. The Queen of CrossFit is going team. Annie Thorisdottir has assembled a super team she hopes can challenge for the Affiliate Cup. Plus, the semifinals dates and locations set (mostly), Matt O'Keefe says goodbye to loud and live and Tia Toomey gets left out in the cold.
1 hr 11 min
Jan 25, 2022
Fitness with Friends #81 - Emma McQuaid
Emma McQuaid had her best career finish at the Games last year when she took 12th and she is coming off a first place finish in the elite individual division at Wodapalooza. She talks about what she learned from competing in Miami, the things she is focused on improving in 2022, her career in quad racing, how she dealt with a terrible accident her husband suffered while racing and what her goals are for this Games season.
Jan 19, 2022
#162 - Wodapalooza Recap and Tia Goes Sledding
Tia Toomey is adding another impressive accomplishment to her resume. She is on the verge of appearing in the Olympics for the second time in 6 years. Wodapalooza closed out the offseason competition schedule over the weekend. Sean and Tommy discuss each elite division, the things that stood out and the things they'll be watching as we head into the Games season.
1 hr 30 min
Jan 11, 2022
#161 - WZA Preview and Fraser Talks HWPO
We're going to Miami! The final offseason competition is scheduled for this weekend in Florida. Sean and Tommy take a close look at the matchups and storylines they'll be watching at Wodapalooza. Mal O'Brien is joining the HWPO crew. Mat Fraser sits down with Tommy Marquez to discuss the move, how it came about and the tools he picked up as a competitor that will help him as a coach.
1 hr 8 min
Jan 10, 2022
Fitness with Friends #80 - Gary Gaines, Austin Malleolo and Daniel Chaffey
On this edition of Fitness with Friends, Sean Woodland talks with Gary Gaines, CrossFit’s GM of Global Affiliates, Daniel Chaffey, CrossFit’s Director of International Affiliates and Austin Malleolo, CrossFit’s Director of North American Gym Ops. They talk about what they have been doing to help affiliates around the world, the challenges that COVID has and is continuing to present, how their authenticity has helped them earn credibility with affiliates and what they want to accomplish in 2022. (This was recorded prior to the firing of Dave Castro)
1 hr 23 min
Jan 6, 2022
#160 - CrossFit Fires Dave Castro
Dave Castro is out, so what's next? Sean and Tommy discuss the surprising and sudden move, the various feelings they have regarding it, why it may have happened and what could be next. Plus another edition of PRs and No Reps where we find out why Tommy Marquez owes many thanks to a coffee cup.
1 hr 27 min
Dec 29, 2021
#159 - The Book of Rules is Set
With the start of the season right around the corner, CrossFit has released its 2022 Rulebook. Sean and Tommy talk about what's missing, what's new and what they think needs to be added. Plus, New Year's resolutions and PRs and No-Reps.
1 hr 23 min
Dec 27, 2021
Patron Picks - Holidays
Podium Picks gets a new title this week. On this episode, Sean and Tommy are joined by eight of their supporters from Patreon for a Holidays draft. Food, movies, traditions, songs and gifts are all up for grabs. And like the Holidays themselves, there is plenty of fun that is had by all. Get ready to hear about some timely classics, creative traditions and scrumptious treats as we get to know our patrons a little bit better. Happy Holidays, everyone!
1 hr 7 min
Dec 24, 2021
Fitness with Friends #79 - Dave Hippensteel
On this episode, Sean talks with 9-time CrossFit Games qualifier and 4-time Masters Champion Dave Hippensteel. Dave recently competed in the Legends Championship in San Diego, California and finished 2nd in the 65-plus division. He talks about how he found CrossFit, how sports helped him find direction when he was young, how CrossFit can improve Masters programming at the Games and what sport he hasn’t try that he would one day like to take on.
Dec 21, 2021
#158 - Recapping the Dubai CrossFit Championship
The Dubai CrossFit Championship gave us some exciting moments and plenty to talk about. Sean and Tommy recap the three-day competition and review the storylines they were watching heading into the event. How was the return of Ricky Garard? What did we see from Sara Sigmundsdottir? What does the overall win mean for both Laura Horvath and Roman Khrennikov? Plus, Kristin Holte's last ride and Sam Briggs has one more run left.
1 hr 11 min
Dec 16, 2021
Fitness with Friends #78 - Val Voboril
Val Voboril is a 6-time individual Games competitor who finished on the podium twice in her career. She recently competed at the Legends Championship in San Diego where she took 1st in the 45-49 division. Val talks about balancing life as a competitor, a teacher and a mother, her favorite memories from the Games, what her competitive future might look like and the things she’s most proud of not only as an athlete, but also a teacher.
Dec 15, 2021
#157 - Legendary Conversations and the Duel in the Desert
The offseason competitions continue as we head towards the end of the year. The 2021 Legends Championship took place this last weekend in San Diego. Sean talks about the experience at the event, some of the memorable moments from the competition and what the success of the Legends Championship could mean for Masters athletes moving forward. The Dubai CrossFit Championship is this weekend. Sean and Tommy discuss the favorites in both divisions and top storylines from the final event of the year.
1 hr 11 min
Dec 8, 2021
Podium Picks with Adrian Bozman - Overrated Things
We needed someone who is used to upsetting people and making some tough calls for this episode of Podium Picks. Luckily, Adrian Bozman was available. The King of the No-Reps helps us draft some of the most overrated food, movies, musicians and athletes. It's definitely an episode that will upset some people, but it also may make you think if that thing you really like is all it's cracked up to be. Enjoy and try not to get too angry.
1 hr 26 min
Dec 7, 2021
TEF #156 - Legends Championship Preview, Sleep Talking and Russian out of the Games
The Legends Championship takes place this week in San Diego. Sean and Tommy run through the divisions and let you know who you should be watching at this all-masters competition. Matteo Fraceschetti, CEO and co-founder of 8 Sleep, stops by to talk about all things sleep and another individual athlete tests positive for PEDs.
1 hr 27 min
Dec 6, 2021
Fitness with Friends #77 - Gretchen Kittelberger
Gretchen Kittelberger is a former CrossFit Games competitor and the President of the International Functional Fitness Federation (IF3). She joins Sean and Tommy to talk about the recent World Championships that were held in Sweden, where the IF3 is in its quest to get functional fitness in the Olympics and what things still need to be done in order to make that a reality.
Dec 2, 2021
#155 - Hard Work Pays Off for Everybody and Legends Championship Chat
Hard work paid off very well for Mat Fraser. Now he's sharing his knowledge. Sean and Tommy discuss his new HWPO program for competitors and how it might change the landscape of the sport of fitness. Offseason competitions continue with the Legends Championship next week. Co-founder of the event Bob Jennings stops by the show to talk about how the event has grown and if it might one day play a role in the CrossFit Games season.
1 hr 8 min
Nov 24, 2021
#154 - A Weekend with the IF3, What's the Score (Pt.2) and CrossFit Thanksgiving
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.
1 hr 20 min
Nov 23, 2021
Podium Picks with Travis Mayer and Max El-Hag - Thanksgiving
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.
Nov 18, 2021
#153 - Roza Reaches Out, Whats the Score and Brand Awareness
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.
1 hr 25 min
Nov 17, 2021
Podium Picks with Noah Ohlsen - Life's Simple Pleasures
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.
Nov 15, 2021
Fitness with Friends #75 - Haley Adams
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.
Nov 10, 2021
#152 - The PFAA Speaks and A Conversation with the CrossFit Cowboy
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.
1 hr 43 min
Nov 8, 2021
Podium Picks with John Wooley and Niki Brazier - Affiliate Life
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.
1 hr 19 min