#1009 – Bryce Smith | NOT an Ai bot – Host of Invictus Mindset

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Bam, we’re live. Missed you guys yesterday. Woo. Good morning. Good morning, Ms. Kelly Sadir. Good morning, guys. Rambler, good morning. Ah, I tried to sleep in an extra 15 minutes today. When you sleep in an extra 15 minutes, you got to make up for those 15 minutes somewhere else. I don’t think I did a very good job. I was still fooling around with my kids and my dog and my Instagram. Good morning, Fannie. Good morning, Marissa. Good morning, Chris. Good morning, Heidi. Hey, Jamie. Hey. Went to a CrossFit competition yesterday. Blair Morrison and Ben Alderman put on this competition. It was cool. The setting was crazy cool. I don’t even remember what it was called. Andrew Hiller was there. It was far from my house, man. That’s the longest I’ve been in a car Besides my trips to Newport and a long time, two and a half, three hours, three hours probably with the stop at the coffee shop,


I made that Instagram post about the door. It’s this common theme, man, when you’re holding a door open for someone who needs the door open for them, or maybe who doesn’t, but once, if you see someone holding a door open and then you go through it and you’re an able-bodied person, you got to grab the door from the person. Do not be that person who doesn’t grab the door. Don’t be a douche. What a common, it’s one of those things that I see over and over and over in my life. I’m like, you know what? It’s time. It deserves a post. NorCal Classic. Alright. Yeah, that’s where I went. I went to the NorCal Classic. Yeah, it was cool. It was really cool. It was by a body. It was at a state park. I really enjoyed it. Lots of cool people there. I met Pool Boy for the first time. He’s cool. Mellow, mellow energy. Way more mellow than I thought. What’s up, dude? Bryce. Hi,

Bryce Smith (02:18):

How are you? Can you hear me okay?

Sevan Matossian (02:20):

I can.

Bryce Smith (02:22):

What’s up?

Sevan Matossian (02:23):

Hey, I can hear you perfect.

Bryce Smith (02:25):

Hang on one second. I’m trying to,

Sevan Matossian (02:27):

Yeah, take your time

Bryce Smith (02:28):

Now. Can you hear me?

Sevan Matossian (02:29):

Yes, yes.

Bryce Smith (02:31):

Hell yeah.

Sevan Matossian (02:32):

Tap your mic. It sounds like it’s your mic. No, it’s not your mic.

Bryce Smith (02:37):

You got me now. Hello?

Sevan Matossian (02:39):

I do. I’m just not sure if it’s actually that mic that’s working. I can hear you, but when you tap that mic,

Bryce Smith (02:45):

Let me double check. Standard, standard audio. Yeah, I got you. It is this mic.

Sevan Matossian (02:50):

Okay, sweet. Is that the spot that you do the Invictus Mindset podcast? Wait, now you got me. Oh yeah, baby. Yeah. Now you sound like a grown ass man. There we go.

Bryce Smith (03:05):

What’s up man?

Sevan Matossian (03:06):

Thanks for having me up. What’s up? Often I’ll call Hiller and I’ll be like, Hey dude, are you in the bathroom? He’s like, dude, how did you know? I’m like, bro, it sounds like a bathroom. And it sounded like you were in a bathroom, but now you’re not.

Bryce Smith (03:21):

Nice little echo for you. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a place that he likes to play a little

Sevan Matossian (03:26):

Bit in the bathroom.

Bryce Smith (03:28):


Sevan Matossian (03:29):

He’s always working whether he is in the bathroom or not.

Bryce Smith (03:32):

Makes sense, man. You got a cool little studio back there. What’s got behind you?

Sevan Matossian (03:36):

Yeah, I like this place. It’s still a work in motion. There’s a chocolate penis back there that Andrew sent me, and then there’s a figurine of Tupac and then the rest are just, oh, there’s a picture of my wife that’s like hidden because it got covered by the chocolate penis,

Bryce Smith (03:56):

So you should put your wife in front and then just a reminder. Yeah, yeah, yeah. You should put your wife in front.

Sevan Matossian (04:03):

I said, I need you to come here and rework the whole thing. And then I have the wad zombie cards.

Bryce Smith (04:07):

Nice man. Are those official now? Are those a thing?

Sevan Matossian (04:15):

I don’t think that, I mean, they’re his, and I think he clears them with the athletes beforehand, but I don

Bryce Smith (04:23):

Who’s he? Who’s his, the

Sevan Matossian (04:25):

Wad zombie guy. The wad zombie guy. I think he would call you, he’d be like, Hey, Bryce, I want to make a card with you want it? And then you’d be like, okay. So then I think, I don’t know this, but just from what I’ve gleaned from just listening to people talk, he then sends the picture and sends the writeup and he works with, I want to say he works with Tyler Watkins and Brian Friend on it. Oh, cool.

Bryce Smith (04:44):

Brian friend is the man.

Sevan Matossian (04:45):

Yeah, you know him?

Bryce Smith (04:47):

Yeah, he is good, dude. He’s been in the space for a while. He’s got him and Tommy Marquez, I feel like have all the data on the CrossFit space.

Sevan Matossian (04:55):

Yeah, yeah, I agree. I agree. There’s a handful of guys now it’s kind of who really have a handle on the data too. Do you know Chad Schroeder? Schroeder?

Bryce Smith (05:05):

I don’t. I was going to say Adrian Conway has done a good job. Kpa has also done a pretty good job on the e s, ESPN live feed.

Sevan Matossian (05:13):

I really liked Kalifa and Adrian Conway. I really liked them.

Bryce Smith (05:19):

I think at semi-finals there was something going on with the CrossFit live feed and they threw those guys on and they did it, I think on one of their podcasts and it was very entertaining. Their banter back and forth was quite comedic. I enjoyed it,

Sevan Matossian (05:32):

And Khalifa brought the energy.

Bryce Smith (05:34):

Dude, that guy always brings the energy. I love it. He’s such a good dude.

Sevan Matossian (05:38):

How long have you been doing your podcast?

Bryce Smith (05:41):

Coming up on three years, man, in November will be three years. It’s been quite the journey.

Sevan Matossian (05:48):

Do you have a cadence that you stick to?

Bryce Smith (05:51):

We try to release at least one to two a week. We haven’t missed a week yet. I’m pumped about that.

Sevan Matossian (05:56):

Yeah, crazy and a lot, you’ve had basically everyone on there. You just had Haley Adams I saw.

Bryce Smith (06:04):

Yeah. She’s such a sweetheart. Her growth and trajectory over the challenge that she’s overcome in the midst of adversity was really cool. And yeah, I’m glad you enjoyed that one. It was really cool to see because known her for quite some time and seeing her evolution was quite rad. I hope the audience and people that consumed that episode really saw the growth trajectory, and at the end of the day, I guess that’s what we’re all trying to do is find evolution and innovation through doing hard things, and she’s the example of that.

Sevan Matossian (06:40):

Were you nervous to interview her?

Bryce Smith (06:43):

I, I was actually really excited because I met her a long time ago doing a workout with her, and I got to speak with Bijan briefly at semifinals, and he just shared some really cool insight about her. He and I had a great conversation, and when she maneuvered and said she wanted to hop on, we had some really good text conversations and I just felt like it was the right time it, it happened earlier potentially, but at that time it was a really honest conversation that I felt like just kind of happened and unfolded appropriately.

Sevan Matossian (07:22):

She basically left the scene. She pulled out from the games and kind of went underground. Right. No one knew and then reemerge, and then we saw glimpses of her with her baseball hat on at semifinals, right through some of the footage there, and then she showed up again. Was yours the first podcast she did when she popped back up on the scene? Yeah.

Bryce Smith (07:46):

Yeah, I think so. And I don’t know. I do think it’s important to note, I mean, I don’t know if you know this, but my background was high level basketball before CrossFit.

Sevan Matossian (07:56):

I didn’t know that.

Bryce Smith (07:57):

And sometimes I think, man, that the world misunderstands that we’re all human beings first,


And the amount of pressure that’s put on some of these young athletes as far as body image performance, always needing to post and hold themselves to this unrealistic standard. It’s a little fucking obnoxious if you ask me. And so I thought that it was actually really cool that she took a step back because I think there’s so many other people that are fighting that same narrative. And for her to be so young and just draw a line in the sand, I thought was really a life-changing opportunity, not just for her, but gives other people permission to be more vulnerable, which I don’t know, man. I think that’s a really special thing in the world. You and I could both agree. We’ve talked to a lot of people over the last few years. Most people are living lives of quiet desperation. And for somebody to stand up and put a helping hand out to be like, no, we’re going to change this narrative, I think is pretty cool.

Sevan Matossian (09:03):

What do you mean she drew a line in the sand? What do you mean by that? Just choosing

Bryce Smith (09:09):

Herself first and realizing that, hey, my performance metrics are pretty good, but I need to get my mindset. I need to get my food right. I need to get my lifestyle in order, and I want to use fitness as a tool to enhance the quality of my life as opposed to allowing fitness to own her. And I thought that it was really cool that she just took ownership and now fitness serves her life, and we could hear that in the joy in her voice and how she’s choosing to live her life now. And I just think that’s so special. And hopefully that trickles down in a domino effect to other athletes and other up and comers.

Sevan Matossian (09:46):

I watched the U F C pretty religiously, and that’s another sport where the guys just go out basically in their panties and they just get at it. And there was a guy, it’s interesting. It’s a bizarre thing because everyone does want to have this one kind of body, and I say one kind and maybe there’s a thousand, but this one kind of body encompasses those thousand. And then there’s these people who walk out there and there’s this fighter tied to Aassa Samoan guy. He’s got so much fat on him that his body will never be, he’s damaged his body with all the fat on it. Damage. Yeah, damage his body. I think it’s fair. Anyway, the way he carries himself, it doesn’t matter. I never look at him. I never, never look at him. Look

Bryce Smith (10:36):

At confidence really is a form of attraction also. Just to know real

Sevan Matossian (10:44):

Quickly transcends the other stuff. Yeah. I never think, look at him like a fat guy. I’m like, wow, this is a fucking capable man. And everyone loves him, and the crowd goes crazy when he walks in and yeah, he’s all vibe. He’s all vibe.

Bryce Smith (10:56):

Yeah, it’s dope. I also think it’s really interesting. Your mind is fascinating to me. I was trying to draw the parallel. I’m like, how is he jumping to the U F C now? And then you reel it back into body image. That was an interesting segue. Your mind intrigues me a little bit.

Sevan Matossian (11:16):

When I’m out, all I’m doing is watching bodies. And so if we have this sport where there’s these people out there, one of the cool things about our sport is the same reason why I think it’s cool going to the zoo. You get to just see bodies and at the zoo you get to see the animals’ bodies, and at the sport you get to go there. But today, I went to a competition this past weekend and the first thing I noticed is, wow, all the men at local comps are significantly bigger than the men at the CrossFit games. They’re more muscle bound men. They’re bigger men. They’re a little bit slower. Yeah, it was crazy. All of a sudden, Tim Paulson, who I think a huge man, there were 50 guys there, bigger than him. You know what I mean?

Bryce Smith (11:59):

I think it’s interesting though because there’s a couple things to take away from that, and that is at the CrossFit games, you’re definitely zoomed out a little bit, right? You’re not as close and up in personal like you are at local comp and then simultaneously at a local comp. The well-roundedness is probably depreciated a little bit of

Sevan Matossian (12:15):

The, yes. A lot of those

Bryce Smith (12:17):

Might just be narrow focused on lifting or functional bodybuilding of some sort.

Sevan Matossian (12:22):

And it’s a lot of guys from that field who are ready to do CrossFit too, right? It’s the guy who was the lineman who now wants to get into CrossFit. There’s definitely a ton of that going on. At the end of the day, you could be someone who’s chasing and probably defeats the purpose of having this conversation to this. You could be someone who’s chasing Noah Olson’s body who appears just to have just a perfect physique. Or do you try to just ignore that? Just do your best, do what makes you perform at the highest level, and then just try to be cool and confident.

Bryce Smith (13:04):

I would argue that his physique is fantastic for him and his genetics and the life that he wants to live, but I don’t know that everybody wants that much muscle. I don’t know that everybody is in pursuit of that. I think that’s a societal norm that can gently be deconstructed, where some people might want more of a functional type body that isn’t quite as muscle bound. They might want more mobility or the ability to attack endurance sports. So I think it’s case dependent on the lenses that you possess. I mean, shout out to Noah Olsson. That dude is rad. I’ve spent some time with him in the last few months and he is all positive and really amazing, and a good friend at Chandler who trains with us at Invictus, but I also don’t think everybody has the same goals, and I would actually challenge that.

Sevan Matossian (13:52):

Okay, then lemme rephrase it personally, I like the body, the 145 pound emaciated Brad Pitt or Conor McGregor. I like Conor McGregor at 1 45 cheek sunk in. Looks like a fucking dog that, you know what I mean? Ribs showing, but I’m not saying that everyone necessarily wants that body, but it’s a, not everyone wants a Ferrari, but everyone recognizes a Ferrari’s. So Connor McGregor on screen, Connor McGregor might be a McLaren. Noah Olson might be a Ferrari Mitchell might be, sorry. Bryce Smith. Do you know who Bryce Mitchell is?

Bryce Smith (14:36):


Sevan Matossian (14:36):

Who’s that? I won’t confuse you with him again. U F C fighter, Bryce Smith might be a Bentley, but we all recognize these as fantastic cars is what I’m saying. But there are people who just aren’t going to have, their bodies just aren’t going to look like fantastic cars.

Bryce Smith (14:55):

Yeah, totally. I don’t necessarily think they’re fantastic cars. I don’t really fit in any of this.

Sevan Matossian (15:00):

Right. How tall are you? How tall are you?

Bryce Smith (15:02):

Six four.

Sevan Matossian (15:04):

Yeah. Crazy.

Bryce Smith (15:05):

It was funny when we crossed paths, I probably look smaller on the screen here, so when you saw me you’re like, oh, whoa. I was not expecting you to look like that.

Sevan Matossian (15:13):

And your voice is so calm.

Bryce Smith (15:18):

Yeah, man. A lot of meditation and sauna and ice goes into this.

Sevan Matossian (15:22):

Yeah, you have a very, very, I do. Energy and presence when I met you was different than the energy that I got from you from the podcast. Interesting. By no means worse, just more powerful. I knew, you know what I mean? On the show, you’re kind of like, there’s a, I don’t know, an equanimity to you. And when I saw you in person, and granted it was in vendor village and there were thousands of people everywhere. Yeah, totally. But you were bigger than life in person and you don’t seem like that on the show, necessarily on the show. Maybe it’s more like you’re being more a demure to let your guests shine.

Bryce Smith (16:03):

Yeah, I think it’s purposeful for sure. I think a lot of life is ying to the yang. It’s masculine plus feminine energy and how you choose to balance that based on the given scenario. So being able to sometimes take the lead of a conversation when I need to, and then other times maneuver myself out of the way and let the guest take the spotlight so that they can authentically share their story. It’s fun, man. And I think that goes back to team sports. There’s going to be certain events. When I was competing for Team Invictus, there’s certain things that I’m like, Hey, this is my thing. This is my jam. This is my contribution to the team. I got to go do my job. And then there’s other times where I’m like, all right, little bit of damage control for me. I got to set my teammates up for success and that’s when I kind of take a backseat. And I think that humbly translates to so many different elements of life. So I appreciate you recognizing that, man. It’s a cool attribute that I try to foster. What you got there? What kind of coffee?

Sevan Matossian (17:02):

Paper Street.

Bryce Smith (17:03):

Nice man.

Sevan Matossian (17:06):

I don’t know a lot about you. I almost know nothing about you.

Bryce Smith (17:09):

Nice. Do you want me to story tell for you?

Sevan Matossian (17:12):

Yes, but I want to guess some shit.

Bryce Smith (17:15):

Alright, go ahead. You’re going to be wrong, but that’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (17:21):

You are odd.

Bryce Smith (17:25):

This is true.

Sevan Matossian (17:26):

And so that means that I think one of your parents or your parents are a foreigner or English wasn’t your first language.

Bryce Smith (17:33):

It’s actually really interesting you say that. Both of my parents are American. Oh shit. But my grandparents passed away. Yeah, my grandparents passed away when I was really young. And so a woman watched my brother and I from Guatemala and we refer to her as Nana. She’s such a sweetheart. She is an angel on this earth. And ironically, I learned Spanish before English up until the age of four. And then at four my mom was like, open your mouth. And I didn’t understand until she said, until she said Ab Boca. And I was like, oh, I could do that.

Sevan Matossian (18:09):


Bryce Smith (18:10):

It was an interesting experience. I think. I actually think in Spanish first because of that. And then ironically, right at the tail end of college, I got an opportunity to go play professional basketball in Sweden. And so I might’ve picked up a little bit of a European dialect being over there. I think I over annunciate consonants probably.

Sevan Matossian (18:32):

What are your parents, would you know what ethnicity you are?

Bryce Smith (18:35):

Probably some sort of Eastern European mix and a little bit British.

Sevan Matossian (18:41):

Where was?

Bryce Smith (18:42):

That’s a hundred percent guess. I’ve never done the 23 and Me stuff.

Sevan Matossian (18:45):

If you do it, use a fake name. Right. That would be my advises. Hey, and where were you raised? What state? What city? In the United States.

Bryce Smith (18:53):

I’m born and raised in LA Man.

Sevan Matossian (18:55):


Bryce Smith (18:56):

Growing up I was white boy. I was the only white guy on the majority of my basketball teams from the inner city of la. I went to pretty notable prestigious sports school, Taft High School


Where slot receiver Steve Smith played. He was the slot receiver with Eli Manning. My buddy Malcolm Smith. We grew up together. He played for in the N F L for like 10 years. And he was the Super Bowl M V P for the Seahawks. And then former point guard Jordan Farmar, who played with the Lakers for a little bit. And we’ve had some good athletes, man, it’s been cool to kind of rub elbows with some of those guys. There’s an N B A player now. Spencer Dinwitty, who’s a good friend of mine that played at Taft as well.

Sevan Matossian (19:41):

Heidi Krum, fake name, doesn’t matter se they have your D n a dude. The thing is Heidi, if your uncle has killed someone and they can track it back to your name, then they can somehow triangulate on your uncle and you don’t want your uncle to get in trouble. That’s my take on it.

Bryce Smith (20:00):

It’s so interesting how people love chiming in on the randomness of conversations.

Sevan Matossian (20:05):

Oh yeah, the chat’s great. Do you do live shows?

Bryce Smith (20:08):

I don’t. I’d love to try though. I think it’d be really fun.

Sevan Matossian (20:11):

Yeah, I don’t, I have this crew in here that are co-hosts and don’t even, for a long time people thought I read the comments first and then pulled them up, but I don’t do that. I just know Heidi in the chat and usually she says something funny and insightful at the same time, so I just grab it. You know what I mean? Yeah. And I’m like, okay, just roll the dice. We’re all going to see this

Bryce Smith (20:36):

At the time. You know? You know what you’re going to get.

Sevan Matossian (20:37):

Yeah. Robbie Myers, we’re here. Okay, we see you. Love it. No, that is not true. Do not listen to Audrey. The chat is the best part. The guest is the best part.

Bryce Smith (20:48):

There you go.

Sevan Matossian (20:51):

Are you married?

Bryce Smith (20:52):


Sevan Matossian (20:53):


Bryce Smith (20:54):

No, just my little fur baby.

Sevan Matossian (20:57):

Yeah. And how old are you?

Bryce Smith (20:59):

How old do I look?

Sevan Matossian (21:01):


Bryce Smith (21:03):

I wish, man. I’m 33.

Sevan Matossian (21:04):

Three, three. Oh, that’s a good age. I found CrossFit at 34.

Bryce Smith (21:08):

Nice man. I feel like I’ve been in CrossFit for a real long time. Almost over a decade now, man. September 1st was my nine year anniversary at Invictus. It’s kind of cool.

Sevan Matossian (21:18):

Holy cow.

Bryce Smith (21:20):

Yeah, I’ve been there a long time.

Sevan Matossian (21:22):

I meant to ask, so you’re friends with cj? Cj. Well, he’s

Bryce Smith (21:27):

CJ is a phenomenal human being. He’s grown me from my entire coaching experience, it seems. I’ve had some cool mentors before that when I was a strength coach at Cal State Northridge. But CJ’s phenomenal. He’s really done a cool job teaching, inspiring, motivating, mentoring. He’s a good dude, man.

Sevan Matossian (21:49):

Will you pass him my phone number and be like, Hey, there’s this guy Savon, and he would like you to text him and he’d like to have you on his podcast. I DMed him, but someone told me yesterday, there’s no way he’s seeing his dms.

Bryce Smith (22:03):

He’s so busy. He’s so focused on business development and his kids and trying to experience all the things that life has to offer. And so I admire it, man. He’s an awesome father. And watching his kids, he evolve and grow up is very cool. So I’m pumped to know that I can always give him a quick little phone call if I need advice or to catch up on life.

Sevan Matossian (22:29):

When I do podcasts with athletes, with a variety of people, I’ll usually watch podcasts they’ve been on before and then try to just plagiarize from them or take a question someone asks and maybe go deeper. So if you were interviewing Daniel Brandon and she told you she got in a car accident, I would then be like, okay, write that down. And then try to ask her, Hey, can you tell me the details of what happened in the car accident? That’s smart. I pick stuff that I want to know more about. Right? Yeah, totally. So because of that, I’ve ended up listening to, and that’s the only reason why I listen to podcasts usually. Usually my go-to is listen to audio books. But because of that, I’ve listened to a shitload of podcasts to do work, and I’ve listened tot Invictus Mindset podcast quite a bit, and that’s how I came across You cool,

Bryce Smith (23:16):


Sevan Matossian (23:18):

But I tripped. I would trip on just the way you deal with your people. I see you go into that mode here sometime. I’m like, it’s almost like he’s reading. How is he coming up with these words and where is he pulling them from? And I

Bryce Smith (23:34):

Think it’s like you, so I put a sauna and a cold plunge in my house, and I’m a big audiobook guy. And so I definitely lean on quotes and phrases and things that, because I’m in the sauna, I’m not usually writing things down, but certain things just stick in my mind. It almost feels like a photographic memory on occasion. But it is a unique experience, man. I’m one of those people that I really do think that I try to be a sponge, and people out there are so much smarter than me, so I just try to absorb things that they share and like, oh, that resonates, or, oh, that segues really well with that particular guest. And yeah, I mean, I humbly try to grab from different arenas of life, toss it all into a blender, and hopefully share a digestible smoothie for people when I converse with them.

Sevan Matossian (24:26):

And you don’t get too animated. You stay very, I dunno what the word is, equanimous maybe? Is that the word? You have equanimity. I have this

Bryce Smith (24:33):

Coach and he always said, never get too high, never get too low. And so when things go good, this too shall pass. When things go bad, this too shall pass. And so life’s going to be a little bit of a roller coaster, but if you react or respond or allow your emotions to get in there too much, inevitably your frequency is going to be a little bit volatile. And so I try to be as even keel as possible, and hopefully that allows other people to lean in and feel safe and supported in the midst of adversity. Man,

Sevan Matossian (25:09):

You’re going to love this. This is off subject, and we will come back to where I was going with that. My son broke his shin last week. Oh, brutal. Dude, I’m

Bryce Smith (25:18):

A big fan of your kids.

Sevan Matossian (25:20):

Oh, thank you. They’re cool.

Bryce Smith (25:21):

I see all the parkour stuff that they’re doing and I’m blown away. I’m sorry that he broke his shin. That sucks.

Sevan Matossian (25:26):

Yeah, broke his shin and a long, long break in the X-ray just, oh, it’s brutal. Anyway, and so he doesn’t have a cast on yet. They’re waiting for the swelling to go down. And last night he was in bed in my bedroom with my wife, and it was probably like three 30 in the morning. And he’s been talking in his sleep incessantly since he broke his shin. And about 3 45 in the morning, I hear him go, Aisha, and that’s the Buddhist term for this too, shall pass. And my wife goes, whoa, that was weird. Did you hear that? And I’m like, yeah, I heard that. That’s cool. I mean, I didn’t even know I was awake to hear it. I don’t even know if she’s awake, but I

Bryce Smith (26:09):

Heard that one down. That’s a

Sevan Matossian (26:10):

Good one. My six year old say Aisha and I think it’s a N I C C a Anisha. And I was like, holy shit, where did he learn that? Wow. And I just know it just from just whatever. Probably something

Bryce Smith (26:25):

That’s one of those things to me that I feel like there’s something to the human experience that doesn’t quite meet the eye. There’s certain things that just happen that you can feel or things that just kind of diffuse out into the universe. And I think that’s one of them that’s quite fascinating. And hopefully he can live that and that this injury will pass and he’ll get back to doing all the things that he loves.

Sevan Matossian (26:47):

Yeah, a rambler, the pain makes you go through some shit. Yeah, he broke his shin. No narcotics, no nothing. Yeah, I saw him going into shock. He pulled out of it. It was crazy because you’re so mellow. I cracked a joke on my podcast. I’m like, Hey dude, you guys got to see this guy over at Invictus Mindset. Bryce Smith. He’s a fucking ai. There’s no way he’s real.

Bryce Smith (27:14):

I know. I’ve had a few people screen record it and send it over to me, and I think it’s hilarious.

Sevan Matossian (27:20):

And so I was in front of the Paper Street coffee booth at the CrossFit games this year, and I Right

Bryce Smith (27:30):

Next to Rx Mark year.

Sevan Matossian (27:32):

Yes, yes. Dave’s a company, right?

Bryce Smith (27:36):


Sevan Matossian (27:37):

And my kids use those ropes. He got my kids some ropes. They’re great. Yeah, they’re great people. And I don’t know what you said, but I turned around and I’m basically staring at your belly button. And then I look up and it took my brain what seemed like 10 minutes to figure out who you were, which probably was more like one second. But it was pretty funny. What did you say to me? You said, I’m not an ai.

Bryce Smith (27:58):

Yeah, I was like, Hey man, I’m Bryce. Nice to meet you.

Sevan Matossian (28:01):

Yeah. And that was classic when you saw that I did that. Was it offensive at all or did you find it funny or

Bryce Smith (28:07):

At first I didn’t totally get it. I wasn’t exactly sure why AI is such a broad and inclusive term and going back to the aha, it’s like I genuinely think everybody’s striving to do their best. And so I don’t really get offended, man, in basketball, there was so much shit talking that if you get offended by everything people say you’re in for a short ride. And I wanted to ride the wave as long as I could. I heard this funny thing from Rogan one time. He goes, words are like noises coming from a mouth. When you go to the zoo and you see animals making noise, you don’t get offended. And I always thought that was a cool way to take perception to people’s verbiage where it’s just noises coming from a mouth and on occasion there’s going to be word vomit based on stress or emotional regulation. And so I’ve always just assumed positive intent and then explored it deeper, just out of sheer curiosity.

Sevan Matossian (29:06):

I like that. I don’t know, maybe it was Rogan who said this too, but I heard someone say something along the lines of the sounds we’re all wind benders. We’re like magicians, right? We blow air out our mouth and then we bend it to make sounds. Yeah.

Bryce Smith (29:20):

I was like, whoa, that’s actually really cool.

Sevan Matossian (29:22):

Yeah, what a trip. Hey. And for me, and I wonder if this is different, were you always handsome growing up?

Bryce Smith (29:30):

Oh, thanks man. You’re going to make me blush. I don’t know, man. I think my parents are good looking people and I try to be consistent with taking care of myself. So maybe some people think I’m handsome, maybe other people don’t. I’m not really sure.

Sevan Matossian (29:46):

What do you think about this thing? You’ve heard of Short Man’s Complex. What do you think about this thing? Tall man syndrome, where good looking tall men have had it so good that when they get older, they’re more sensitive.

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