#1016 – Tim Murray | 2023 CrossFit Games Fittest Man in the Short Stature Division

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Patience. Bam. We’re live.

Tim Murray (00:02):

All right.

Sevan Matossian (00:03):

Hey, are you in front of a strip club?

Tim Murray (00:05):


Sevan Matossian (00:06):

Oh, because when we interviewed Jacob Hepner, he lives out in the sticks,

Tim Murray (00:12):


Sevan Matossian (00:12):

Then there’s fighter who also lives out in the sticks, and they always drive to a parking lot where there’s a strip club. I’m like, why? There’re like, dude amazing and wifi amazing.

Tim Murray (00:22):

No, I work with GE Aviation here in Cincinnati, so I’m just outside one of the buildings.

Sevan Matossian (00:30):

Oh. What do they do? What do they do? Build airplanes or They

Tim Murray (00:34):

Build the engines.

Sevan Matossian (00:35):

Oh shit. Wow.

Tim Murray (00:36):


Sevan Matossian (00:38):

I thought Boeing had some sort of lockup on that. Or is it for private planes?

Tim Murray (00:43):

These guys, they have kind of a military connection as well, so I think Boeing does a lot of the big jets and stuff, commercial jets, and these guys do a little bit of everything.

Sevan Matossian (00:55):


Tim Murray (00:58):

Don’t know if they build ’em on this site, but I know there are helicopters being engines being built elsewhere for sure.

Sevan Matossian (01:06):

The specs on helicopter engines are crazy. Not that I’m anything close to an expert, but something like 12 million hours of operation without a failure or something. And I’m like, oh, I’m so glad to hear that because

Tim Murray (01:20):


Sevan Matossian (01:20):

Just have that one.

Tim Murray (01:22):

Yeah, it’s just the one engine and nothing goes.

Sevan Matossian (01:26):

What do you do there?

Tim Murray (01:28):

I’m an ergonomic consultant, so as they’re building the engines or fixing up the facility area, I go and make sure they’re doing it in a safe manner, ergonomically friendly,

Sevan Matossian (01:45):

The feng shui of the facility,

Tim Murray (01:49):

More like the whatever part they’re building. So let’s say they have to reach into the engine to switch something. If we can find a better way for them to not make their arms so crooked and turn funny, we’ll find a better way to do it, creating a longer lever or whatever it might be.

Sevan Matossian (02:07):

Are you an engineer?

Tim Murray (02:09):

No, I’m an athletic trainer by trade. So when Aaron Rogers and Nick Chubb went down, the people that went out on the field, that’s what I do, or that’s what I used to do.

Sevan Matossian (02:21):

Nick Chubb?

Tim Murray (02:23):

Yeah, Cleveland Browns running back. He got hurt last night. His knee exploded. Apparently. I didn’t watch it, but I’ve seen pictures so it doesn’t look good.

Sevan Matossian (02:35):

We got a guy who’s been coming on the show periodically who’s out of Shepherd’s University, who made it to the Chicago Bears as a D two quarterback.

Tim Murray (02:46):

Oh wow.

Sevan Matossian (02:47):

Yeah. Awesome. And it’s the first time I’ve been excited about football in 25 years. I was a 49 er and a Raider fan as a kid of 10 years, and all of a sudden one of my buddies been telling me his kid’s going to play in the N F L for the last 20 years. I’m like, and he’s like, Hey, asshole. My son’s the backup quarterback for the Bears.

Tim Murray (03:09):

That’s awesome.

Sevan Matossian (03:10):

And whenever I would talk about him on show, on the podcast too, all the people in the comments be like, no one’s ever going to make it from D two. And he’s made it.

Tim Murray (03:17):

That’s awesome.

Sevan Matossian (03:18):

Yeah. Tyson Bejan. I’m so excited for my buddy. I can’t tell if I’m more excited for him or his son.

Tim Murray (03:25):

That’s awesome. That’s so cool. He’s seeing those small school was making it big.

Sevan Matossian (03:33):

What’s the C stand for on your hat?

Tim Murray (03:35):

Cincinnati. Cincinnati Reds.

Sevan Matossian (03:37):

Okay. Baseball.

Tim Murray (03:39):

Baseball, yep.

Sevan Matossian (03:42):

Are you pursuing that athletic trainer thing too? Do you do it for high schools or college or just on the side? No,

Tim Murray (03:50):

I did. I did it for about 15 years, like 10 years or so at the high school level. And then I did some pro baseball minor leagues and then some minor league hockey. And then that work schedule is just a little, just got to a point where I wanted to live my life a bit and this job opened up here. So now I work a 40 hour work week with no nights or weekends.

Sevan Matossian (04:17):

Oh, did you hear that echo when you came in? Yeah. Fuck. See, all you have to do is switch,

Mattew Souza (04:24):

Mute this,

Sevan Matossian (04:25):

Not mute. Oh, turn the computer down all the way and then switch. Choose your mics in the settings,

Mattew Souza (04:31):

Computer’s, off mic in the setting.

Sevan Matossian (04:33):

I’ll show you what’s happening here if you can see. So we’re in a studio and we’re in the same room. And this is the first time Suzy’s been in the same room as me, so he just popped up.

Mattew Souza (04:43):

Oh shit, I don’t know.

Sevan Matossian (04:46):

Did it go away? So lower the volume on your computer and make it come through your headset only. Well, it’s coming through some speaker on there, so some speakers are still on. You got to choose a different speaker. The only speaker is on the computer. Are you still hearing an echo, Tim? Yeah,

Tim Murray (05:10):

I’m getting one here. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (05:14):

Oh, Tim, who’s that? Looking through your black window, your back window.

Tim Murray (05:21):

There shouldn’t be anybody back there.

Sevan Matossian (05:23):

They’re just trying to scare you in the comment. That’s their favorite thing to do, to guess who’s looking, who’s looking through your window? How old are you?

Tim Murray (05:33):

I’m 36.

Sevan Matossian (05:35):

30. Wow. And you’re the games winner,

Tim Murray (05:39):

Correct? Yep. Two times. I won it last year as well for the first year in the division. With the division.

Sevan Matossian (05:46):


Tim Murray (05:47):

Thank you.

Sevan Matossian (05:49):

Wow, that’s amazing. And how long have you been doing CrossFit?

Tim Murray (05:54):

Two years.

Sevan Matossian (05:57):

Where do you come from? What’s your athletic background? Yours personally?

Tim Murray (06:01):

Mine personally, I played baseball in high school, baseball and swam in high school. Did a little weightlifting in high school for baseball. Then once I got to college, I kind of did some tried track and field. I really wanted to try out for the US Paralympic team, go for shot put, so lifting with that and all that stuff. So I have the Olympic lifting background just from that. And then just some different, all sorts of different things. I tried Kettlebell Sport, which is a big Russian sport,

Sevan Matossian (06:38):

The Russian ones where it only goes to here. Right

Tim Murray (06:40):


Sevan Matossian (06:41):

Yep. Okay.

Tim Murray (06:42):

And then so from there I did that for a couple. I just competing, so I’ve just been trying to find all sorts of different avenues. And then they announced the short stature division two years ago, and I was like, I guess this is my time to give it a shot. And I guess it worked out pretty well for me.

Sevan Matossian (07:01):

Yeah, dude, it’s crazy. Hey, I’m not a baseball fan at all. I throw baseball and golf away. I apologize. Maybe I’m, I’m going to burn in hell for that. Is it swimming? What in your background transferred to CrossFit that you’re like, oh God, I’m glad my parents put me in that. Is it the

Tim Murray (07:20):


Sevan Matossian (07:22):

The engine from swimming?

Tim Murray (07:24):

Yeah, I think so, but I also haven’t really swam since high school. So 18 years ago I tried here and there throughout the past 18 years, but it wasn’t anything consistent. I think it was more just the competitive nature, always trying different things. We always did. I used to work in a hospital setting and we had a wellness center, fitness center connected to it. And so my bosses and I would do a hit the deck type of workout or find a wad workout of the day online and do that. So there was always some kind of different connection to burpees or whatever, pull-ups, things like that.

Sevan Matossian (08:10):

How tall are you?

Tim Murray (08:11):

I’m four five.

Sevan Matossian (08:13):

And how much do you weigh?

Tim Murray (08:14):

I’m at 1 43.

Sevan Matossian (08:18):

And is that the weight you show up to the games at?

Tim Murray (08:20):

Yeah, I’m trying to get down to 1 35, just so make those pull-ups a little easier. Those gymnastics type movements a little smoother and a little easier for me. But I mean, I also like ice cream a little too much. So

Sevan Matossian (08:37):

Yeah, at night,

Tim Murray (08:39):

Just whenever my dog has a good day, I treat him to a thing of ice cream because they all have a pop cup now. So I just get all of that

Sevan Matossian (08:47):

Shit. I’m 51 in my thirties. I would do one of those small things of Ben and Jerry’s before I’d go to sleep in front of the tv, whatever that small size, not the really small size, but no one has. Yeah.

Tim Murray (09:07):

Yeah, I, I’ve tried. They have a cookie brownie mixed one, and that one’s pretty good.

Sevan Matossian (09:18):

And then your Instagram is tater tot?

Tim Murray (09:22):


Sevan Matossian (09:23):

How did you get that name?

Tim Murray (09:25):

It was a nickname growing up. Kids in the neighborhood. They called me Tater Tot and my brother was French Fry.

Sevan Matossian (09:36):

Is your brother tall and skinny?

Tim Murray (09:39):

He was when we were growing. He too now he played baseball in college, so he put some muscle on the weight programs and he’s still lifting and stuff, so he’s a solid, I think he’s about 180 to one 90.

Sevan Matossian (09:57):

How close? Oh yeah, so that’s pretty, I mean that’s skinny 1 96 2. It’s not like he’s

Tim Murray (10:02):

Fat. No, he’s pretty solid.

Sevan Matossian (10:11):

You. What made you think you could win the games?

Tim Murray (10:14):

I just have a good competitive nature. I’ve always been a competitor. Growing up in an average height family, we always played sports. When my mom’s side of the family would get together, it’d always be basketball or football, whatever it might be. So I was always competing against them. And then in kettlebell sport, I won my division, which was just my weight class. It wasn’t even a short stature division, it was just weight class at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus. And just knowing I have that background every year, the Dwarf Athletic Association of America hosts their national games. This year was in Austin. I haven’t been since 2016. Obviously Covid played a factor, but also working in pro baseball doesn’t help either, but I’d always kind of compete well on those different stages, which I felt, at least in my division, I would have stand a chance. I didn’t know what I was going up against, but at least had a fair shot.

Sevan Matossian (11:30):

Wow. I had no idea. There was a dwarf athletic association. And look at the first thing they have on there is basketball.

Tim Murray (11:37):

Everyone loves basketball. It doesn’t matter the height it, it’s an easy sport to play. Competitive. There’s actually two dwarfs on the Harlem Globe. Trotters, they’re brothers.

Sevan Matossian (11:51):

No shit.

Tim Murray (11:52):


Sevan Matossian (11:53):

Right now they are.

Tim Murray (11:55):


Sevan Matossian (11:56):

Harlem Globe, Trotters Dwarf. Hotshot Swanson. Is that the guy’s name? Shortes player in team’s history?

Tim Murray (12:08):

Yep. Him and his brother. I don’t know. I know Harlem Globetrotters have multiple teams. I believe so. I don’t know which one they both play on. Justin, I think is his brother’s name.

Sevan Matossian (12:23):

How many dwarfs are there in the United States?

Tim Murray (12:26):

The United States, like 40,000 or so.

Sevan Matossian (12:31):

And there’s 350 million people here.

Tim Murray (12:34):


Sevan Matossian (12:34):

Someone do the math on that way. Hey, how often do you see another dwarf? I mean besides if you go to some dwarf convention or something.

Tim Murray (12:43):


Sevan Matossian (12:44):

Do they have a dwarf convention? I was trying to make fun of do that.

Tim Murray (12:47):

The D a kind of goes along with the l p a little people of America, they’re in the same spot, same time.

Sevan Matossian (12:54):

What is little people of America and what little people

Tim Murray (12:56):

Of America

Sevan Matossian (12:57):

And what do they come with?

Tim Murray (12:59):

D, aaa, they’re combined together. They go at the same time.

Sevan Matossian (13:04):

What’s d aaa?

Tim Murray (13:06):

That’s the Dwarf Athletic Association of America.

Sevan Matossian (13:10):

Oh shit.

Tim Murray (13:10):

Fuck yeah.

Sevan Matossian (13:12):

So how often do you see a dwarf just in your day-to-day life?

Tim Murray (13:15):

In my day-to-day life, I am lucky if it’s like once a month

Sevan Matossian (13:24):


Tim Murray (13:25):

That that’s false now

Sevan Matossian (13:27):

Too much. There’s

Tim Murray (13:28):

A kid I mentor who in Cincinnati, we both play roller hockey and we’ll see each other on Sundays for that. And then we started an adaptive CrossFit class at my gym, new CV CrossFit in Newport. It’s right across the river from Cincinnati and he’s been showing up to that. So I guess now technically more than once, but it’s the same person over and over.

Sevan Matossian (13:57):

Yeah, I would think that if you went somewhere and if you’re in an airport and you saw another dwarf, would you look at him and nod at him? Just two black guys walking by in middle of America like, oh hey, what’s up, dude?

Tim Murray (14:07):

Yeah, pretty much.

Sevan Matossian (14:08):

Yeah, you do. Yeah, I mean, Armenians do that and we don’t have a lot to go on, but we can be like, if I hear someone say an Armenian word or if I see someone with a big nose kind, I’ll be like Italian Greek. You know what I mean? We kind of assess their background. Eaton Beaver. Good morning. Welcome to the podcast. The fuck made you the official greeter?


When do you know you are not going to grow as tall as everyone else? When do you know you’re a dwarf? How old are you? I was telling someone the other day, I was in a bathroom at a pizza place one time and this lady’s banging on the door and she’s like, come out, old man. Come out. And I’d only been in there for 30 seconds. I was only 34 at the time. And I came out and it’s this five 10 super hot chick with her boobs out who’s like 18 years old, old man. You were in there forever. I’m like, fuck. All I could think of was is I was old man. I was like, really know? I mean

Tim Murray (15:12):

Now they find out pretty much right before in the womb.

Sevan Matossian (15:16):

No, but when do you find out? When

Tim Murray (15:18):

Did I find out? Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (15:20):

Are you four? And you’re like, Hey, the fuck’s going on here. I think

Tim Murray (15:24):

That’s about when it was because my brother’s three years younger than me, and for a bit there I thought we were twins. Three years younger, we’re going to be twins and the next thing you know he kept growing and I stopped.

Sevan Matossian (15:40):

Do you remember the early conversations with your mom or how does someone explain it to you?

Tim Murray (15:47):

That’s a great, I honestly, I can’t remember when the first conversation and just is, I know those conversations happened, but it was kind of like it is what it is type of deal. So my parents didn’t treat me any different. It we’re doing the same thing, so may as well just hang out and

Sevan Matossian (16:09):

Fuck your brother’s a giant.

Tim Murray (16:11):


Sevan Matossian (16:15):

Because I don’t mean to pigeonhole all of ’em, but Jewish families and black families will pull their kids aside often and be like, Hey, life’s going to be fucking hard for you. People are going to pick on you and shit. I personally don’t think you should tell a kid that. I think you should let them find that shit out on their own so that they’re not looking for it. But it happened to my wife. She was Jewish. I have tons of Jewish friends. It happens to them. Their parents are like, Hey, people don’t like you. And I hear that in the black community also, did you get any of that? Your parents pull you aside and kind of set you up for like, Hey, people are going to fuck with you.

Tim Murray (16:45):

They were like, life’s going to be hard. Yeah, I knew, but I also knew it was going to happen that way. What helped was in school, I made all sorts of friends, all different demographics, and I tried to be friendly with everybody. And then by the time I got to high school, everybody knew who I was and if they were new to the school, my friends kind of stepped in and made, they kind of had that watchful eye or so if you would. And the same goes when we were out and out and about. We just had October Fest this past weekend or in Cincinnati, and my friends would be not so much a watchful protector, but if somebody said something that they weren’t happy with, they’d get angrier than I would. I am just to a point now where I just brush it off and I’ll forget about it in five minutes, but they step in and say something.

Sevan Matossian (17:50):

I was little as a kid, I’m only five five now, but I did stand next to Colton and he says he’s five four and he’s taller than me. So now I’m starting to wonder what the fuck’s up. I probably can’t measure myself, but even being five five or as a kid, I was obviously not five five, but same thing with my friends. I mean, I felt like the bigger kids looked out for me. I was always the smallest kid. That being said, if you saw someone with one arm, you’d probably stare. So people, if there’s only 40,000 doors or even if you don’t stare, you want to stare. I mean I’m sure when you go out kids, it’s not that anything good or bad, it’s just that no one’s ever fucking seen. No six year old’s ever seen someone who’s four. What’d you say? You’re four or five.

Tim Murray (18:38):

Four or five, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (18:39):

Yeah. They’re like, wait a second, they can’t put you in a box.

Tim Murray (18:43):


Sevan Matossian (18:44):

You’re like a flower amongst all the weeds.

Tim Murray (18:46):

Yes. I mean the kids, they’re going to stare. They’re going to say something and it is what it is as long as it’s more like how the parents react that I pay attention to. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (18:58):

Yeah, exactly.

Tim Murray (18:59):

Are the parents trying to hide their kid, protect their kid from that, or are they educating their child? I guess if they’re educating, then that parent, they’re doing the right thing. Hey, everybody’s different things happen

Sevan Matossian (19:16):

And I don’t have a problem with my kids. The two incidents I can remember is we were at the beach one time, there was at the top of the beach and there was a guy there with one leg and my kids were just walked over and were staring at him and I didn’t say anything. And then they came over, they’re like, Hey, that guy’s missing a leg. I’m like, yeah, did you ask him about it? They’re like, no. And then they went back over there and they’re like, Hey, what happened to your leg? And they talked to the guy for 20 minutes. And then there was another time we were walking by an outside seating area and there was a girl with Down syndrome. And my eight year old, well he’s probably six at the time, stopped literally two feet from her and was just watching her and I let him do it.


It’s like, Hey, the people were super cool too. The chick, the girl with the lady with the Down syndrome started talking to him. But there’s obviously having Down Syndrome is way different than missing an arm or being a dwarf way different. But I don’t know, I just feel like people should probably lean into it more than push away from it. I mean, if you go somewhere where there’s a lot of drunk people, they have to be wanting to say stuff to you. Everyone thinks they’re coming up with clever lines and shit to say to you, right? Yeah.

Tim Murray (20:29):

Every person thinks they’re coming up with the newest thing that they can come up. Something I’ve never heard before. I’m like, I’m 30 heard, six years old. What? I’ve heard it all.

Sevan Matossian (20:42):

Do you lean into it at all?

Tim Murray (20:44):

It depends on the mood I’m in. If I’m in a good mood, then honestly I’ll end up kind of fucking around with them a bit.

Sevan Matossian (20:51):

If there’s a table of drunk people and you walk by and they said something, you stop and put your hands on the table and be like, what? And just enjoy their fuck with them. Give ’em a little,

Tim Murray (21:00):

Yeah, I’ll mess around with them if I’m in a bad mood. It seems like

Sevan Matossian (21:05):

The only way.

Tim Murray (21:06):

Yeah, if you go into it, then it’s not funny to them anymore. So they stop

Sevan Matossian (21:15):

And they’re just curious. At the end of the day, they just want to shake your hand. They just want to, I’ve, I’ve never personally interacted with a dwarf in person, never shook a hand, never high, never a hug, never sat next to one in class and cheated off of him in math. Nothing. Never smoked a joint with one.

Tim Murray (21:37):

Yeah, you wouldn’t want to cheat off me in math. That’s not right person for that one.

Sevan Matossian (21:43):

But my point is that I just think that the only way to, when I was 34 and that girl called me old man, that stung a little bit. Now the comments now at 51, the comments are full of, Hey old man, why is there an old guy interviewing people in CrossFit? And I’m like, trust me. I don’t want to be old either.

Tim Murray (22:06):

Yeah, no, but I mean I go along with it sometimes. Other times I’m just like, especially if I’ve had a bad day, the last thing I want to do is deal with it. It’s just how I am. My family’s comes from Ireland and Italy, so I have both of those and those both are kind of angry people, and so I kind of got both sides of that. So occasionally that anger comes out.

Sevan Matossian (22:32):

It was kind of like you’re famous no matter where you go, you can’t just be like, Hey, I’m going to go to the store and no one’s going to look at me.

Tim Murray (22:40):

Yeah, no.

Sevan Matossian (22:42):

I used to have Great Danes and everywhere it’s like, fuck. And I smoked weed back then, so I was always paranoid. I hated walking my dog. Someone was going to come talk to me.

Tim Murray (22:50):

Yeah, my dog’s a German Shepherd mix, so he’s 85 plus pounds. I don’t know, I hasn’t been weighted in a while, but when I first got ’em and was

Sevan Matossian (23:01):

You feed ’em ice cream, you open with that. Your dog’s fat.

Tim Murray (23:03):

Yeah, I did, but people would stop my car, make me take my AirPods out. I thought I knew them because being from northern Kentucky, someone in my family probably knows quite or they know somebody in my family and I thought that’s what they’ll say. But then they’re like, you know that dog’s going to get awful big, don’t you? And I’m like, you wouldn’t say that to anybody. I’m like, you would not say that to any single other person right now if you just say it to me because you think it’s funny. I’m like, come on. And do you

Sevan Matossian (23:34):

Say that to them?

Tim Murray (23:36):

I just go along with him. Yeah. You’re not wrong. He is big. He’s already 80 pounds. He’s going to get a little bit bigger, but I’m more upset that they made me stop my music than anything.

Sevan Matossian (23:46):

Yeah. Yeah. Alison, n y c, if I see another girl with huge boobs, we don’t nod. We chest bump. Fair enough. Thank you. I

Tim Murray (23:57):

Like that.

Sevan Matossian (23:58):

Yeah, it’s good.

Tim Murray (23:59):


Sevan Matossian (24:03):

Yeah. Girls with huge boobs, that’s another thing. You know what I mean? You walk by ’em and you’re like,

Tim Murray (24:08):


Sevan Matossian (24:08):

Yeah, you’re kind of looking out of the side of your eye.

Tim Murray (24:12):


Sevan Matossian (24:13):


Tim Murray (24:14):

Probably sun.

Sevan Matossian (24:17):

Yeah, there you go. Those are nice glasses. You’re pulling ’em off. Not everyone. I can’t pull those off, but you’re pulling those off.

Tim Murray (24:23):

No, those are the radar locks. Oakley, this is my favorite. I got to get a new set of nose piece though. I got to get a new nose piece for ’em though. They’re falling off on those.

Sevan Matossian (24:33):

How’s your body? 36 doing CrossFit at the highest level

Tim Murray (24:39):

You beat up. I feel it occasionally. I’m in the middle of the water palooza qualifiers right now, so I did one and two yesterday. Luckily, today’s been a pretty slow day, so it’s pretty early still, so I haven’t felt it too much, but I know I’ll feel it in a bit, but I do my best to maintain it. I see a chiropractor every two weeks. I get a massage once a month. I don’t stretch as much as I should, but I need to start doing that more. So it’s actually hanging up pretty good.

Sevan Matossian (25:15):

And you tied last year with Mikey?

Tim Murray (25:19):


Sevan Matossian (25:21):

Does any part of that kind of annoy you? Is that the only tie, just like, Hey motherfuckers give us another event and let someone win this shit?

Tim Murray (25:31):

I think it would’ve been a cool invite to the games and let us go head to head on the floor for one or two events, and if we tie on those two, if he wins one I win. Other than do a third one,

Sevan Matossian (25:45):

Dude, people would’ve gone crazy in the Coliseum. If you and Mikey came out, people would’ve lost their shit and been like, for the fittest, short stature person in the world, we have Tim Murray and Mikey. Oh my God. In between the men’s and women’s final.

Tim Murray (26:06):

Yeah, I think that would’ve been, that’s what

Sevan Matossian (26:08):

A miss opportunity opport

Tim Murray (26:09):

Gym wanted to do, that they were going to reach out to God, their connection at headquarters and be like, Hey, let’s do this. Why can’t we do this?

Sevan Matossian (26:18):

Six minutes? Yeah, something just like Right four minute workout and then a two minute crowning ceremony.

Tim Murray (26:25):


Sevan Matossian (26:27):

Holy shit, dude. That would’ve been awesome.

Tim Murray (26:31):


Sevan Matossian (26:31):

That’s a huge missed opportunity.

Tim Murray (26:35):

Yeah, so I know I have already registered for the Wheel wad finals in Raleigh. I don’t know.

Sevan Matossian (26:43):

What do you mean the finals? Why the finals? Because you already did something to qualify for the finals. Yeah,

Tim Murray (26:47):

They had the online qualifiers and it was right after the open, right before semifinals, and then they did their semifinals in July. And so I know, I’m pretty sure we both, we were both one two, so we both qualified and I’ll be

Sevan Matossian (27:07):

There. You and Mr. Whits both qualified?

Tim Murray (27:09):

Yep. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (27:10):

Who’s one and who’s two? Are you one or he’s one? I’m

Tim Murray (27:13):

One. You’re

Sevan Matossian (27:13):


Tim Murray (27:13):

I’m one, yep.

Sevan Matossian (27:15):

Are you better than him?

Tim Murray (27:16):

I like to think so.

Sevan Matossian (27:18):


Tim Murray (27:19):

How did you

Sevan Matossian (27:20):

Do the year you won? How did he do the year you won?

Tim Murray (27:23):

I think he finished third last year. 2022? Yeah. Right. Is that what year?

Sevan Matossian (27:29):

I apologize. I’m going to judge you pretty heavily here. I mean, a loaded question. Okay, here we go. How much did you weigh the first year you went to the games?

Tim Murray (27:37):

It is right about the same. 1 40, 1 40 something. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (27:40):

Alright. I was going to say you put on some ice cream weight maybe and

Tim Murray (27:43):

Fucked up

Sevan Matossian (27:44):


Tim Murray (27:46):


Sevan Matossian (27:46):

He younger than you? Is he younger than you? 36 pushing.

Tim Murray (27:50):

I think he’s like 32. I got a few years on him. I didn’t think I had that much, but I looked it up this past year just to see, I was just curious myself.

Sevan Matossian (28:06):

When I was 37, I started having to warm up literally. I mean, to do CrossFit, I had to already be in a full sweat. I’m not cleaning. I’m already, unless I’m sweating already where you don’t have to do that. Are you approaching that where it’s like shit before you do?

Tim Murray (28:22):

I feel much better if I have a 10 to 15 minute nice little warmup going like sweating. Yeah, I’ll do a two minute row ski jog, whatever it might be. Just something to get the heart rate up and then it’s a lot of spider lunges and Samson stretch just enough to get the hips. It’s more the hips and low back that I’m struggling the most with

Sevan Matossian (28:45):

Tim, do you want more attention for your accolades? I look at your Instagram account and I’m like, holy shit. He’s got, it’s like Travis Mayer’s Instagram account. It’s like 1700. Yeah. Okay. Yeah, you have 1700 followers and yet you’re the fittest guy in the world. Two years in a row.

Tim Murray (29:05):

Yeah, it would be nice. That’s what I’m looking for, but I don’t want it for myself, so I have a couple kids I mentor. I just want people to see that we can do the exact same thing anybody else does. Obviously, I don’t want to call it modifications. It’s more of an adaptive adaptation. I think. The

Sevan Matossian (29:28):

Why, what needs to be adapted? I can’t think of anything. What needs to be adapted for you or modified?

Tim Murray (29:33):

Which one? What are the big ones? Obviously our running the distance stuff, our skier distances and calories aren’t going to be the same. I figured it out playing around with what our gym does and what I do. So for a mile run, three quarter mile run is probably going to be what I’m going to do if I want. Keep up with the rest of the class.

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