#1021 – Jorge Fernandez | Fittest Team 2023

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

If you could turn it sideways or will that throw your whole phone off?

Jorge Fernandez (00:03):

Is that better?

Sevan Matossian (00:05):

That’s great.

Jorge Fernandez (00:06):

Let’s see. There you go.

Sevan Matossian (00:09):


Jorge Fernandez (00:11):


Sevan Matossian (00:12):

Easy peasy. Are you in San Diego?

Jorge Fernandez (00:14):

I am, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (00:15):

Hey, is it cold there this morning? This is the first morning where I came in and I had to wear my wristbands. It’s cold.

Jorge Fernandez (00:20):

Yeah, right? Yeah. This is the first time I wear my hoodie.

Sevan Matossian (00:23):

Oh, good. Okay, good. So it’s all of California. Got a little colder this morning than normal.

Jorge Fernandez (00:27):

It did, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (00:29):

Yeah. Shit. Winner’s here must be like 60 degrees or something.

Jorge Fernandez (00:33):

I know, right?

Sevan Matossian (00:36):

Hey, you won the games.

Jorge Fernandez (00:39):

Sure did.

Sevan Matossian (00:40):

Check it off the to-do list,

Jorge Fernandez (00:42):

Right? It’s crazy,

Sevan Matossian (00:44):

Crazy crazy. Yeah. Hey, you started CrossFit in 2019, Jorge?

Jorge Fernandez (00:49):

2019, yeah. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (00:52):

And now it’s 2023. So four years.

Jorge Fernandez (00:57):

Four years. And that was honestly the goal when I walked in and saw it, Adam Victus in 2019. I said, I want to be like them. And I saw the podium team, so it’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (01:10):

I wonder how many people have had that. I don’t want to say dream because I don’t think most people let it get to a dream. But how many people have gone into a CrossFit gym and said to a coach, Hey, I want to go to the games. I want to be one of those athletes. And then I’m guessing it’s a shitload dude.

Jorge Fernandez (01:30):

Yeah. I don’t know. I don’t know. But that was for sure my goal. It’s cool that we got to do it this year.

Sevan Matossian (01:37):

And when you originally walked into the gym and you thought you were going to do that, or you had the aspirations to do that, did you think you would do it as team?

Jorge Fernandez (01:44):

Yeah. No, I definitely wanted to do it as team. I didn’t really know much about CrossFit, and when I walked into Invictus, I saw all the banners and stuff, and I saw that podium team from 2014 holding the trophy up, and I just said, look, I want to do that. I don’t care how long it takes. And I just started.

Sevan Matossian (02:00):

And did they laugh at you?

Jorge Fernandez (02:03):

No, the coaches never laughed, but they knew it was going to take some time. And I mean, I have a good athletic background, but some of those movements, handstand pushups, ring muscle up, stuff like that, when they first saw, they knew it was going to be kind of tough. But yeah, it was a good season.

Sevan Matossian (02:25):

When I think of teams that have to work together and you think of basketball teams or hockey teams, it’s kind of a trip because it’s an individual event, it’s an individual activity. Anything you gleaned from this year doing it as a team? What do you think makes it different than other team events? By that I mean other team sports, football or basketball or hockey, is it different? I mean, it’s such a weird thing to call it a team, and yet you guys are all out there doing just your stuff.

Jorge Fernandez (03:00):

Yeah. I actually have a good answer for that. So I’ve been on team sports all my life since I was four years old. And I would say I’d always try to make it a point to be the leader and lead by example and stuff. So I was always the mediator between the coaches and the athletes. And that was my favorite part was to manage teams. And so I would say the different part was that I had never been on a team with women before. And so it’s just a different atmosphere. You have to kind of, I don’t know, manage things differently, help them get through their emotions. They help us get through our emotions. It’s just a different kind of energy being with two other women. And then, yeah, so I’ve been on team with all males. It’s all, I mean, team sports is all males and stuff, so I think that’s the biggest and most different part for me.

Sevan Matossian (04:01):

Hey, was that a surprise or did you know going into it that was going to bring a different angle?

Jorge Fernandez (04:07):

I didn’t really know until, I mean, we just started training together and stuff, and just for me, it’s easy to go in a team full of males and just kind of yell at them and get ’em going. And with women, I feel like I found it hard for myself to yell and push, and I had to kind of come down to their energy level where it’s taken just an easier approach. But yeah, it was cool. It’s cool to see both aspects and how to handle emotions. Brit and Devin handled their emotions differently than I did, so it’s just kind of getting accustomed to that. And over the years, they helped me be a better leader, helped me to calm down a little bit, not yell so much, not be so aggressive. Stuff like that.

Sevan Matossian (05:00):

Trial by fire. Can you think of some mistakes you made?

Jorge Fernandez (05:05):

I’ve made plenty of mistakes. Yes. Yes. Over the last two, three years. Yeah, for sure.

Sevan Matossian (05:12):

Specifically dealing with them, not realizing that, hey, dealing with women is different than dealing with men.

Jorge Fernandez (05:20):

So I guess just the way I approach certain events and stuff. So let’s say if I’m with Josh, Josh is man, and I’m here. Let’s go. Let’s go. Come on man, let’s do this. And I’m pushing him and shoving him and getting hype and doing that kind of stuff. And I know I just can’t do those certain things with Devin and Britt. I’m not going to go ahead and grab Britt and Shaker and come on, let’s do this. And there was multiple times where just my instinct and stuff during competition, I’d be like, come on, let’s do it. And then I’d have to kind of calm down and be like, Hey, you know what? You can’t be doing that kind of stuff. So certain instances throughout the two, three years we’ve been together,

Sevan Matossian (06:04):

Different things that motivate women that didn’t necessarily things that motivated men that didn’t necessarily transfer to women, to women partners,

Jorge Fernandez (06:14):

To Bri and Dev. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (06:15):

Yeah. How about the other way? Would they do things that you and Josh should be what? That didn’t work for you?

Jorge Fernandez (06:24):

No, I mean, not really. Not that I can think of.

Sevan Matossian (06:29):

Was it cliche shit, like, Hey, you guys need to get over that faster?

Jorge Fernandez (06:36):

Yeah. Sometimes

Sevan Matossian (06:39):

I feel like in relationships that I’ve had, it’s mostly like that with women. It’s like men seem to have shorter seasons. There’s those clouds in the cartoons where it’s just a one rant. I feel like that’s our emotions. It’s just one fucking gnarly rain cloud. It goes over the desert, and women might have a whole season. You’re like, oh shit, we’re doing winter.

Jorge Fernandez (07:02):

Yeah. I mean, it goes both ways. I feel sometimes I hold onto stuff like that as well, but it’s all a team effort. For instance, I was coaching Britt at NorCal, and she was stressing about some personal things and stuff, and she had the cloud floating and stuff, and I’m like, look, as her coach and understanding being her teammate for so long, I did have to tell her, Hey, you know what? Let that go. We’re here for a reason. You’re here to win the NorCal Classic. Let’s get over this cloud and keep going. And sure enough, she just like, yeah, she snaps out of it and she competed and she won. So that happened throughout our season as well. Little things like anxiety attacks or whatever it is, rather than holding onto those things. Since I knew my teammates so well, I could pull ’em to a corner and be like, Hey, you know what?


You’re just freaking out right now because it’s a handstand pushup workout, and you’ve been struggling with that for a while, so it doesn’t matter if you go out, you compete. You can’t do one handstand pushups. One of you guys will pick another one up. We’re going to be fine. And then you could see where the cloud just kind of goes, and it’s just different emotions, and I’m not necessarily saying women, men, whatever. It’s just with my teammates, that was the biggest thing was with Devin and Britt. Yes. I had to take a step back, be calmer, be less emotional, understand that their emotional, yeah. So that’s kind of how I base this whole two, three years being with them.

Sevan Matossian (08:32):

Oh, $750. That’s 3% of $25,000. Do you want me to call her and collect that from her for the weekend?

Jorge Fernandez (08:41):

Not at all. I should be paying them. You brought me onto the podium.

Sevan Matossian (08:46):

Well, no, I mean, for this weekend or this past weekend at Northco as her coach, 3%,

Jorge Fernandez (08:53):

I charged her way more. Trust me. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (08:55):

Good. Okay. Good, good, good. Seven 50. I’m a champ. Now. I’m a champ. 6%. 6%.

Jorge Fernandez (09:00):

Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Right.

Sevan Matossian (09:04):

How was the victory? Is it, I hear people say like, Hey, you win. You think it’s going to be something great. You get it. You’re like, all right, what’s next?

Jorge Fernandez (09:12):

Yeah, that happens. I was standing on the podium and I just kind of looked back at the entire season and it didn’t feel different holding the trophy up. What meant more to me was the progress and everything we went through this season and just the past two years, and honestly, since I started CrossFit, I thought it was going to feel different. I mean, it’s an amazing accolade. It’s what I wanted. But yes, you definitely do stand up there. And the journey meant or means way more to me than holding the trophy up. For sure.

Sevan Matossian (09:46):

Look at Tola here. That’s Devin, right?

Jorge Fernandez (09:50):

Yeah. That’s Devin.

Sevan Matossian (09:51):

And you guys are celebrating, and look at Tola watching back there.

Jorge Fernandez (09:56):


Sevan Matossian (09:57):

What a great photo. In all honesty, when you went to the games, did you think you could beat that team?

Jorge Fernandez (10:07):

Yeah, for sure.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

You did. You really thought you could beat Tola Paulson, Nestler and Williamson.

Jorge Fernandez (10:13):

Yeah. I believed in my team. I knew that the sacrifices we’ve made, I knew we were prepared. I knew that if we just executed the way we could, we would be anyone on the field.

Sevan Matossian (10:28):

They’re so formidable, even the way they look. Each of ’em has this, you guys look more groomed than them. You know what I mean? Yeah. I mean, Tola and Paulson, they look like they’re from the dinosaur times. And Taylor and Andrea come with all that pedigree and all that success. You really thought, huh?

Jorge Fernandez (10:49):

Yeah. I mean, like I said, the sacrifices we’ve made over the years, I just felt like it all lined up and we were really focused on the overall goal, which is winning. We weren’t going to let anyone stop us. We ran through some adversities in the past three years. We just understand each other super well. We knew we had that against ’em, but yeah, we believed in each other, and I knew that if we just executed the way we knew we could, we would win.

Sevan Matossian (11:20):

Do you think everyone believed that you guys would win?

Jorge Fernandez (11:23):

No, I don’t think so. I mean, yeah, we were in conversations and stuff, but I don’t think they thought we would win.

Sevan Matossian (11:34):

But did they at least try to fake it?

Jorge Fernandez (11:37):


Sevan Matossian (11:38):

No. Some people just didn’t think you were going to win on the team. Is that hard? Is that hard for you? Did that piss you off?

Jorge Fernandez (11:45):

Oh, wait, you mean our team? I thought you

Sevan Matossian (11:47):

Yes, yes. On your team,

Jorge Fernandez (11:49):

For sure. No, so we sat down. Sorry. I thought you meant No, I

Sevan Matossian (11:53):

Think a lot of people didn’t think you were going to win. I think the proven team is pretty impressive. Yeah, no, for sure. What’s so cool about your victory? You beat them.

Jorge Fernandez (12:01):

Yeah, yeah. No. Okay. So I thought you were talking about other people. No, on our team, that was our goal. Yeah. We knew every day. We knew we were going to win. We set that goal the day after we got third place two years ago, and we’re just like, Hey, you know what? Let’s bring this team back together. We’ve gotten this far the first year. We know if we just make that the focus the entire season, we can do it. So yeah, we all believed all four of us.

Sevan Matossian (12:32):

When you looked at that team, was everyone the best version of themselves? And did you go into the games injured? Were you potentially the weak link going into that games?

Jorge Fernandez (12:44):

Yes, a hundred percent. No, we weren’t all a hundred percent. I had the hamstringing injury, which happened a month before the semifinals. We were sprinting on the beach, and I just snapped and turned purple, and I just couldn’t move for a week or so. So it was a tear. So I had to manage that the entire season and thankful for my teammates. They understood that even though I wasn’t lifting, I wasn’t hitting my workout, 75% effort. They just trusted in me at times. I sat back in my house and was just like, Hey, you know what? They’ve put everything into this. I don’t think they deserve 70%. Me. I think maybe I should tell Holden, like Holden was our backup, our coach, he can train the next two months and get after it. And I’m thankful for my teammates that trusted in me and just understood that I was going to give everything I could. And even if I fell short, they made me felt comfortable. Like, Hey, you know what? Even if we don’t win, or even if we don’t win this event, whatever it is, we’re going to stand behind you. And I felt like they did that all season.

Sevan Matossian (13:56):

Is your hamstringing healed now?

Jorge Fernandez (13:58):

It’s still bothering me. It’s kind of weird. I’ve been doing a lot the last three weeks on it, rehab and stuff like that. But yeah, I definitely still feel it. I’ve always worked through injuries, but this one’s different. It is just not going away. It’s just like there’s a little pool here, a pool there. It’s making me use my leg different. This one’s different.

Sevan Matossian (14:22):

Did you feel it at the games?

Jorge Fernandez (14:24):

Oh, yeah. Yeah. I had to tape it up, and I had good, thank God we brought our body worker, Greg. He was in between events after events. It was tough.

Sevan Matossian (14:35):

When I think of the hamstring, it’s basically just, it’s a wire behind the leg that goes from your ass to your knee. And I think of it kind of like as the Achilles tendon, but instead of down there, it’s behind your

Jorge Fernandez (14:49):

Thigh. And that’s what it feels like. Just like the wire. Sometimes it pulls and it’s strand, and if I push it too hard, it feels like it’s going to pop and it’s just managing that.

Sevan Matossian (14:59):

Could that thing snap? Can those things snap completely?

Jorge Fernandez (15:02):

Yeah. Oh yeah.

Sevan Matossian (15:05):

God, I don’t know how you won the games with that thing nagging back there.

Jorge Fernandez (15:09):

My team, they crushed it.

Sevan Matossian (15:13):

Yeah. That’s crazy. Can you tell me in a nutshell how the weekend went? How many events were there?

Jorge Fernandez (15:22):

There were 11 events, I think.

Sevan Matossian (15:24):

And what was the arc of the week? How did you guys do? Did you guys come out early with a lead and keep it?

Jorge Fernandez (15:30):

Yeah, so we went out for the first workout. It was a rope climb, ski, and then an overhead squat. You had two minute window to complete a row, one legless rope climb. Then your partner switches, and then you go onto the overhead squats. So we were ahead actually by 15 reps at one point, and we had done three rounds. We were ahead by 15 points, and we’re just like, man, okay, we’re doing it. And then we go into our fourth round, Josh misses the rope climb so we don’t get any overhead squats. So then the lead drops down to five, and then I go up and I don’t get a rope climb. And then our lead, we dropped to sixth, seventh place, and then we took our lowest. I think that was our lowest finish on our very first workout. And it was just disappointing because we had worked those legless rope climbs, and we made it a point every single morning to work those. And so at that point, we got a little bit scared right after the end. We’re just like, man, we had that lead. We should be wearing the leader’s jerseys. And then we just kind of dropped, what place did we do? We end up getting eighth. Eighth, yeah, eighth place on that. And it was just because of two rope climbs we couldn’t do. We should have blown that workout out of the water. We were ahead by 15 reps.

Sevan Matossian (16:54):

When you say you couldn’t do them, does that fall on someone in particular in the group?

Jorge Fernandez (16:59):

So it was Josh and I. Yeah, Josh and I couldn’t. Josh went first. He didn’t get his, and I think usually Josh and I work, if he watches me do something, let’s say a 2 85 pound snatch, he watches me do it. Josh is going to do anything in his power to get that done. He doesn’t want to be the weak link. So I think when he went up and he didn’t get it, he got no rep. That next round, I had it in my head like, oh, he didn’t get it. And so I think that’s kind of what made me not get it, which is not a good thing to do mentally, but it’s just like that’s how in unison we work. And so yeah, it just brought us down to eighth and after that event, we’re just like, man, okay, we need to kind of get our shit together. And then after that, we’re taking every single rep in our warmup. Perfect. We’re taking every walk to the venue. Perfect. We’re going to get there on time. We’re going to flip that switch. That was our one mistake, and we’re not letting that happen. And I think that was a blessing and a curse there.

Sevan Matossian (18:03):

The last final five events, you went third first, first, fifth, first, second, you guys just went on a terror.

Jorge Fernandez (18:10):

Yeah, so I had a meeting with them Saturday night. I brought them into the hotel and stuff and was just like, Hey, look, the leader’s jerseys was a lot. So it adds a ton of pressure, even if you’re not conscious of it, you coming up with cameras and people want to know things, and everyone’s asking, oh, how does it feel? It’s a lot of distraction. I knew that. I knew that my team in certain things weren’t competing or showing out at a hundred percent because of how much stress and pressures and stuff of the leader’s jerseys. And so I sat ’em down and was like, Hey, look, let’s stop working out for the leader’s jerseys, and let’s go back to being us, and let’s make this last day the best we can. Respect the sport, respect yourselves. Go out there, compete as hard as you can. It doesn’t matter if on the last event we could not go and still win the games. We’re going to respect the sport enough to go out there and give it everything. And they did. We all did. We went out and we had a great last day.

Sevan Matossian (19:29):

Is any of that team staying together?

Jorge Fernandez (19:33):

So I’m going individual. Britt’s going individual. Josh just had a baby, so he’s kind of figuring things out right now. I don’t know. His next move, maybe you can have him on to ask him. And then Devin, she’s in the same boat. She’s kind of teetering individual team. Whatever happens at Invictus, we’re all just kind of going our separate ways. So no

Sevan Matossian (19:59):

Chip. Chip. Are there any challenges when dating a teammate? Are you dating a teammate? No. Are you dating a teammate? No.

Jorge Fernandez (20:05):

No. I mean, I don’t know. To his question, I don’t know if that’s a, I don’t know, but no,

Sevan Matossian (20:18):

You’re not dating a teammate. There’s okay, tons of drama around your team

Jorge Fernandez (20:25):


Sevan Matossian (20:26):

Tons of drama like in the, we’ll get to it. Did you see Josh’s interview with a Pedro?

Jorge Fernandez (20:34):

A little bit of it. Okay. I saw a bit of it.

Sevan Matossian (20:38):

Could you have a first place team without drama? Could you have, can there be great? I personally don’t think there can be. There’s going to be high around cars that are revving high with a lot of horsepower.

Jorge Fernandez (20:52):

Yeah, I mean, it’s

Sevan Matossian (20:53):

Rods being thrown, wheels coming off, right? It’s full throttle people.

Jorge Fernandez (20:58):

It’s what sports is. If you can’t get through those things, if you can’t pull for each other, despite the things that happen, you’re not going to be successful. I almost feel like when the goals get bigger and when you go out there and make those dreams harder than what you’ve envisioned, it’s going to get harder. Sports is going to throw you curve balls. It’s going to test you. If it didn’t happen, everyone would be winning All that. Yes, there’s drama. Yes, there’s stresses. Yes, it’s all normal. It happens to the greatest teams, the ones that prevail or the winners or the legends or the Kobe Bryant’s or the Michael Jordans. Every team has it. Everyone has it. So yeah, there’s stresses, there’s dramas, there’s pressures, there’s all things.

Sevan Matossian (21:52):

Tell me something good about Brittany, about your teammate, Brittany, when you think of her and you think about that, that year, tell me something good about her.

Jorge Fernandez (22:00):

She keeps her head down and works and listens to anything you can tell her to do.

Sevan Matossian (22:06):

What about Josh? Tell me something good about Josh. What makes him a champion?

Jorge Fernandez (22:11):

Josh is competitive. No matter who it is. What it is, very competitive, and it’ll bring everyone up with him

Sevan Matossian (22:19):

That can’t poison the well being. Too competitive. Even with his teammates,

Jorge Fernandez (22:23):

It does, but not poisons it. But at times you have to dial it down. But it’s good. It’s good that we have that because if we don’t have somebody very competitive, then I don’t think the team would be as competitive. So it has its pros and his cons

Sevan Matossian (22:41):

And Devin. Kim, tell me something great about Devin Kim. What makes her a

Jorge Fernandez (22:44):

Champion? Loyal friend. She’ll fight with you till the end no matter what happens.

Sevan Matossian (22:51):

Damn. And you learned all of that. That’s all on the job training. You don’t know that stuff when you join with them.

Jorge Fernandez (22:58):

No, you don’t. Yeah, that’s all. In the past two years I’ve been with them for sure.

Sevan Matossian (23:08):

Is there a 1% chance the team stays together?

Jorge Fernandez (23:12):

No. There’s a 0% chance.

Sevan Matossian (23:15):

Zero. Zero. No chance. Yeah. What if just you left, and if you were to replace yourself, let’s say Devin and Brittany and Josh were to stay together, if you were to replace yourself, is there anyone you would replace yourself with that you can think of?

Jorge Fernandez (23:35):

No. I don’t know who, but I know that anybody that would replace me would crush it on that team. How it works. They know how to manage it. They’d get that new person kind of in the swing of things. For sure.

Sevan Matossian (23:49):

You put all that effort into a team and you get one victory. Why not one more victory? Why not try one more time? Why not try to defend it?

Jorge Fernandez (23:57):

I had the goal of winning the games on team and winning it individual. So I won it on team, and now I’m going to try individual.

Sevan Matossian (24:05):

Crazy. Are you headed to Mayhem? I’m hearing tons of chatter about you headed to Mayhem.

Jorge Fernandez (24:11):

Yeah, I’m headed to mayhem.

Sevan Matossian (24:13):

Is that known? Have you talked openly about that?

Jorge Fernandez (24:16):

No, actually this is the first time. Well, I’ve talked with coaches and friends and family, but this is the first time that people will be hearing it.

Sevan Matossian (24:27):

And why go to there? You’ve had so much success in Invictus. Why not stay there?

Jorge Fernandez (24:34):

So I had different options. Obviously, I could stay at Invictus. I love Invictus. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without them. And it’s kind of crazy because it’s been tough for me to have that conversation with them because they’ve always been in my corner. And obviously it’s switching camps, right? So it was very hard for me to have it. But after having it with cj, with Tino, with Holden, with Karen, at the end of the day, they want what’s best for me, and I can genuinely feel that their support, they’re not upset. They really want me to succeed. And so yeah, it’s been great having that support. And so mayhem. I went last year for two weeks and I got to train with him and just kind of see what they’re doing and stuff. And Rich has been a good friend to me. So has Kudo and all the people at Mayhem, and they’ve just been very supportive over the last year. And I don’t know, I just really enjoyed training there. I know Cookville is a small town, but I just want to go focus train. I want to put all my eggs in one basket. They crush it on the individual side. They have great coaches, great support system. Yeah, they’re just a good camp and stuff. I had different options, but it’d be hard to pass something like that up.

Sevan Matossian (26:04):

This question may not even be appropriate, so feel free to shove it away and give me a different paradigm of thought. How much of it is that you’re looking for a new environment to be invigorated by, meaning your first day as a freshman in high school, and it’s so exciting. Then by your last day it’s over. And then by your first day of your sophomore year in high school, you’re all excited. Again, new teacher, new kids, you’re sitting next to someone new that it’s not even, you’re just looking for a shift in environment. And really it has nothing to do with Invictus or Mayhem.

Jorge Fernandez (26:38):

That’s a great question. That’s honestly one of the best questions you’ve asked. I mean, you ask great questions, but

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

Thank you. Thank you. Careful, careful. You’re on shaky ground.

Jorge Fernandez (26:49):

Well, you’ve asked me great questions. Good.

Sevan Matossian (26:51):

Good. Better. Better.

Jorge Fernandez (26:53):

Yeah. So I’ve talked on that exact point with my coaches, and I’ve told them that despite me winning the CrossFit games, despite the clients I’ve built here in San Diego, everything I’ve built, I still feel stagnant in my life outside of CrossFit. And it’s because of that reason. I’ve lived here in San Diego for going on seven years now. So I’m seeing the same things. I’m doing the same drive. And so mentally I’m just kind of going through this wheel over and over again. And when I did go out to Mayhem two weeks, it was kind of refreshing and seeing new faces and just new training styles. So yeah, that had played a huge role in my decision. Like, Hey, you know what? I don’t want to close this door in San Diego. I love these people so much. Everyone in the gym, all the athletes, the coaches and stuff. I want to try something new. I want to open up new doors. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. I’ll come back. I can go back home to Texas, whatever it is. Yes, I do want to get things going again and reset and just new opportunities, new open doors, new people, stuff like that.

Sevan Matossian (28:10):

It’s kind of like if when I go somewhere new, the first thing significantly new, the first thing I noticed is the different birds. But if you go to Dubai, the first thing you notice is the different cars. You’ve never been somewhere where every car in the hotel is a fucking McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini, there’s 75 of ’em. Because your previous three years, you only seen one on the street. But then after a while it does get, after you’ve been in Dubai a week, you’re like, yeah, you stop turning your head to look at every Lamborghini, right? Yeah. But when I am somewhere where there’s new birds, I don’t stop staring at the new birds. If you’ve ever been to Idaho and you start seeing bald eagles, you’re like, holy shit, this does not get old.

Jorge Fernandez (28:47):


Sevan Matossian (28:48):

Yeah. I wonder what that’s going to be. I wonder what that’s going to be like there. New people, new training, environment, big names. I wonder how long that stimulus, I guess it forces you to turn everything up a little bit. Your eyes, your ears, everything gets kind of just turned up a little bit, right? Yeah. And you’re hoping, you’re hoping it brings the best out of you.

Jorge Fernandez (29:10):

Yeah. I mean, that’s my goal going there. It’s not just about CrossFit. I want to go there. I want to grow. I want to learn. When I started CrossFit, I went to Invictus, and that’s all I’ve known. That’s all I’ve done. I haven’t stepped foot anywhere else besides the two weeks that I went to Mayhem. This is all going to be new. I don’t know if it’s the right answer. I don’t know. I’m opening up new doors. I’m going to grow. I’m going to learn something, whether it’s good, bad, whatever it is, I’m going to learn. And that’s what position I want to put myself in.

Sevan Matossian (29:48):

Dian. Thank you. I like money. Jay Harle, the Armenian, you still haven’t rested enough. Those take forever. I guess he’s referring to the hamstringing. Do they take forever?

Jorge Fernandez (29:58):

Yeah, he’s a hundred.

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