#315 CrossFit Games – Open Week 1 Recap with Angelo DiCicco & Brian Friend

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Bam. We’re live. Wow. Angelo, you look young. Woo. Hey, uh, Cole Martins 23 Cole, 1 23.

Brian Friend (00:15):

Brent Owy 3051.

Sevan Matossian (00:17):

No. He don’t, he, he don’t give two. Is that that why? Or what’s up?

Brian Friend (00:22):

I don’t know. Just, just,

Sevan Matossian (00:24):

Hey, it’s that mayhem training. It’s overrated. That mayhem empire training he’s been doing is totally overrated. The KKI should have stuck with that Canadian stuff.

Angelo DiCicco (00:31):

Is he doing our training,

Sevan Matossian (00:33):

Dude? He’s all the rumor. You would know the rumor is there’s a tent set up behind the barn and, uh, he’s back there. That’s the rumor. That’s

Angelo DiCicco (00:42):

Only a rumor.

Brian Friend (00:43):

That’s a rumor seven selling his kids. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (00:46):

You have my kids love Brent Kowski I haven’t told em that the, when they’re full grown, they’ll only come up through his kneecap.

Brian Friend (00:56):

Uh, it feels like, uh, feels like a full circle. Seven.

Sevan Matossian (01:00):

Yes. Right?

Brian Friend (01:02):

Yep. Four years ago. At this time you started the trolling, the leaderboard segment for the CrossFit podcast. And that was the impetus for us eventually meeting

Sevan Matossian (01:11):

That. Is it. So, and then, wow, that’s crazy. And what happened? I did it once and it was like half fast. And you reached out to me and you’re like, yo, you need a hand. And I was like, bring it brother. And we were on like donkey Kong.

Brian Friend (01:22):

I know. I mean, I mean, I, I was, I was like, finally, someone is creating who has a platform is creating an opportunity to talk about the smaller stories that are out there because CrossFit, for the most part, during the open, they’ll highlight the total number of registrants, maybe the total number of countries participating. And then they’ll talk about the winners every week. And it’s understandable. It’s a huge competition, but I always thought there was a lot of other really cool stuff going on. And when I saw this segment come out and I knew that you had the freedom to have, you know, hour, two hour long conversations about it, thought that was great. But you, uh, you, I thought you missed on a lot of the biggest stories of week one that year. So I just sent you some thoughts. And I said, man, this is amazing, but what if you talked about this

Sevan Matossian (02:05):

And this and this? Oh, and, and it, and it’s speaking of small stories. These are all the small fries in, in the space. I got the, I got the fewest subscribers on the account. I got the, the, the guy behind the scenes, Brian friend who doesn’t know does all the analysis. And I have a has been games athlete. Yep. turn. Angela. Angela de Chico. So we’re just like.

Angelo DiCicco (02:28):

That’s a good

Sevan Matossian (02:29):

Crew. Just a little baby crew. Just the little ducklings. Hey, uh, there, there were two things I wanted to go over with before we dig into like the, the, the numbers and stuff. And if maybe if Caleb, uh, what’s up Mr. Uh, beautiful features, do you, can you pull up either of those, his videos? I can’t even pull up his own voice. Oh, I, I think I may have muted him on accident. Which one are

Brian Friend (02:51):

You on first?

Sevan Matossian (02:52):

Uh, let’s do the L one first. I wanna do my little L one talk here real quick. Um, go ahead and we’ll go ahead and play this. Thanks everyone for checking in. Here’s a quick video. I wanna show you guys.

Angelo DiCicco (03:06):


Sevan Matossian (03:06):

The chat is filling up. It’s getting quite robust in there.

Brian Friend (03:10):

The evening chat is always more aggressive.

Sevan Matossian (03:13):

Yeah. People got the little bit of their swerve on already.

Brian Friend (03:16):

Yeah. They’re all high in drunk.

Sevan Matossian (03:18):


Angelo DiCicco (03:19):

Hold on.

Sevan Matossian (03:20):

Take your time. Uh who’s who’s Jimmy G who’s Jimmy G.

Angelo DiCicco (03:25):

Uh, who is Jimmy G?

Angelo DiCicco (03:26):

I don’t know.

Sevan Matossian (03:27):

I think Jimmy does he mean Kenny G

Angelo DiCicco (03:33):

What was Rich’s score? It’s on, it’s on leade rboard.

Brian Friend (03:37):

It’s on the front page of the leaderboard.

Angelo DiCicco (03:39):

No. Yeah.

Brian Friend (03:40):


Sevan Matossian (03:43):

And the front page is the top 50, uh, at the bottom we have Alex, uh, vio. And at the top we have, uh, Ooh,

Brian Friend (03:50):

Victor Lal. He’s a thank you. That’s an impressive score. He, this is a really good workout for him. He’s probably not that well known, but he’s like, you look at the other guys up there, Cedric Saxon. He’s kind of in that, uh, physique mold should do well on this kind of thing.

Sevan Matossian (04:06):

Okay. Let’s check this out. Watch this, this, this video is from, uh, 22, uh, one this past again.

Angelo DiCicco (04:11):

Oh, Jimmy Guo.

Sevan Matossian (04:12):

I wanna show you guys. This has nothing to do with the open. Here we go. Uh, oh, I can’t hear it. Take two. Maybe. Uh, we got an audio issue, Caleb. I can’t hear it. Could you guys hear it? Nope. Sorry. I sent this to Caleb just minutes before we went live. I could try it to Caleb if you want. That’s the girl who used to have the purple a right from Australia.

Brian Friend (04:44):

Caleb Banfield. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (04:45):

Yeah. Was she ever a games? Uh, caliber. Was she, does she have games? Uh, aspirations.

Angelo DiCicco (04:50):

She’s dating James Newberry,

Angelo DiCicco (04:52):


Brian Friend (04:52):

Not anymore, but they were for a long time.

Sevan Matossian (04:56):

Do they have any kids?

Angelo DiCicco (04:58):


Brian Friend (04:58):

Not that I know of.

Sevan Matossian (05:01):

I always like to, I always wanna see the, uh, have, have any, have two just insane. CrossFiters had a kid yet.

Brian Friend (05:07):

I’ll tell you this. Yeah. Uh, Frederick and

Angelo DiCicco (05:10):

Oh, good point.

Brian Friend (05:12):

Yeah. I’ll tell you this about, uh, uh, James Newberry and Caleb Banfield. If I’m not mistaken, you know, they had a, when they ended their relationship, they were kind of public about it. And they said, you know, we had an amazing time together and we’re both ready to just move on in our lives. And I don’t think you’d necessarily hear that in a public forum that often about the ending of relationship. And then there’s some kind of mutual moving forward into different stages of your life. So if that’s really how it went down, I think it’s really cool.

Sevan Matossian (05:38):

I think it’s cool too, but it is also a little Weird to have to, to talk about your

Brian Friend (05:46):

Well, they were fairly well known in the CrossFit world, especially in Australia. So, and I think that that gave, uh, an opportunity for both of them to continue to have, uh, you know, a good status and, you know, whatever. They just addressed it in a, like a shallow kind of a way that was still putting something out there.

Sevan Matossian (06:03):

Yeah. Yeah. It’s just it. Okay. Hold on, text a minute. You gotta share the whole desk. Oh, look at Will’s bossing Caleb around in text. Now, uh, you got the Microsoft dude, the 22 year old, the youngest guy with the least experience knows everything. And it it’s because the younger people are learning twice as fast as we used to learn training, gotta share the whole training

Brian Friend (06:26):

Age, what his training age. It applies to the tech world too. He started doing this stuff when he was probably three years old on an iPad. So you been doing his whole life.

Sevan Matossian (06:36):

You gotta share the, a whole desktop and check the audio box at the bottom of the top. Oh, I never do that either. That’s awesome. If

Speaker 5 (06:41):

You’re an

Sevan Matossian (06:41):

Aspiring, here we go. Or athlete, here we go. Rewind one more time. CrossFit methodology. Good job.

Speaker 5 (06:46):

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Sevan Matossian (07:17):

To now, this is not a dig at her. And go ahead and pause this. Thank you. This is not a dig at, at this young lady doing the talk at all in 2014. Um, the L one sales and training in general started, uh, a sort of a downward decline, but I mean, it was still always insane. Tons of L one S tons of seminars being sold CrossFit. And it, it was a downward decline until 2007 18 when Greg Glassman, um, finally said, Hey, we, we have the tip of the spear. We have everyone at the tip. We got the seals, we got the Delta force and we got the Taliban, sorry, sorry, Caleb. Sorry. Uh, and, um, at that point he said, let’s start, let’s go to the other end of the spear and let everyone know the truth about the L one that the people who’ve taken the L one to cure for chronic disease.

Sevan Matossian (08:00):

And the second thing is, is that the L one is for everyone. And it is actually the owner’s manual, the operating system to the human genome. So if the Bible were for how to ascend to heaven and get to the next life, this thing is what the to do in this life, how to make it so eat this way, move this way. And your DNA will express itself in the greatest way possible. And with in there, there’s some great, um, stories about struggle and adaptation and controlled struggle, and safety and things that you could apply everywhere to life, raising your kids, how to, uh, how to get your job done. There’s some deep wisdom in there when she said so in 2018, we did that, um, sales skyrocketed, because we started getting people in the L ones for the first time who did not wanna open an affiliate and did not want to be trainers. And they realized what it truly was for every parent should take it. Every human being should take it. Why she is saying that or who wrote her copy in the most benign way? I can say it. They completely up. That is not what the L one four is for. It is for every single human being who’s gonna live a year or more. So if like

Brian Friend (09:05):

Can help

Sevan Matossian (09:05):

You. Yes, please, please.

Brian Friend (09:07):

They missed the mark is more benign.

Sevan Matossian (09:10):

Oh, okay. They missed the mark. That’s smart. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You’re a good dude. You’re a good dude. Miss that’s. Why you’re Brian friends instead on the quad ma so, so like please stop saying that you’re hurt. You’re hurting your bottom line. You’re hurting your brand and you’re lying L one sales skyrocket after that, but it’s not even about the sales. It’s about spreading the message because when people get, get fit, eat healthy, they start to think correctly. Also they start to realize and take personal responsibility and personal accountability. And that is vital for, for all of our happiness. Okay. And, and, and the, um, second video, and then we’ll get onto the fun. The second video I wanna, uh, just address really, really quick. Thank you, Taylor. We should make a seven on podcast leaderboard for the, uh, yeah, that’s a good idea. Here we go. Justin,

Speaker 6 (10:00):

I wanna talk to you being the gem of sport. One of the biggest questions coming into this year was who was gonna be programming the open. Were they gonna use Dave workouts or, or someone elses coming in and, and what was the process for the open and what that look like going forward for the rest of the season?

Speaker 7 (10:15):

We had some terrific workouts, the Dave program for all three weeks. And the reason the, and this was one that was originally created by Dave. We did make a couple modifications to make it a little bit different for affiliates, especially around the world that still have limits on space and closures and things. Um, but it’s gonna be those programs, uh, or that programming for the, this week and the next two weeks going forward, Adrian BOS

Sevan Matossian (10:39):

Is okay. We can stop.

Speaker 7 (10:41):

So that’ll begin

Angelo DiCicco (10:42):

The, do you believe that? Do you believe that no, they change Dave’s workouts.

Sevan Matossian (10:45):

I, I know, I know, I know a hundred percent, they change the workout and that it’s not minor. And when it’s, when the time is right, I’m sure the, the truth will come out. But I there’s two things to, to know here. The most important thing, like, like, honestly, me, I don’t give two. Brian, if Brian found out what the other move was, I think he would give like a huge. I think all the athletes would give, if, if I, from what I saw, waza about people losing their there at when with the rain thing and what the movements were, people would really give a. I mean, like, really this is not minor at all. Not nothing. I mean, it’s not minor. And, and like, I’m telling you, like, I don’t give a, but, but what I really wanna point out is it’s integrity, man.

Sevan Matossian (11:28):

We just need integrity. Everyone just wants the truth. We’re all bad. Sasses just tell us the truth. Like, I chained this, the you, I’m the man now not this like, God it’s anyway, I’m done there. I’m done with that. But we’ll circle back to that. I just want you to, I just want you to know that there, there is no truth to that. Okay. Uh, I am so I, I, I can’t believe how excited I am about this. Why am I so excited? I I’m always trying to tell you guys, like, I don’t give a about CrossFit and then I’m just like tickled. I’m just like texting col Mertons. When am I gonna see your score? When am I gonna see your score? I’m confused. I’m in denial. Um, how, how, um, Angelo, you did the workout, right?

Angelo DiCicco (12:09):


Sevan Matossian (12:10):

And Brian, you did the workout.

Brian Friend (12:12):


Sevan Matossian (12:13):

Uh, just another open workout. Like, like you guys feel good, like everything seems like, okay, you guys familiar with this feeling? The tension, the buildup, all that stuff.

Angelo DiCicco (12:22):

Yeah. I think so.

Brian Friend (12:25):

Angela, how many opens is this for you? You can include your teenage years.

Angelo DiCicco (12:30):

Uh, I think I did it in 20 13, 20 13. Did it start with the snatches and burpees? The ladder of heavy snatches and burpees? Yeah, I think so. That was, that was my first open workout.

Brian Friend (12:43):

So this is your 10th year. This is my ninth year. Yeah. And I think, uh, you know, at this point, um, don’t, I, I used to get super nervous for open workouts, but I, what I’ve really realized is that the, the, you know, the consistent training over time prepares me for these things. And obviously I do better on some of ’em than others, but I don’t think there’s anything that can come up in the open. That’s going to, you know, razzle me. That’s gonna throw me off.

Angelo DiCicco (13:07):

Yeah, I, yeah, I, uh, I was a little nervous, but more, I was kind of excited because, uh, with the tension taking off the open, especially being on a team, like, there’s really no pressure in thinking, oh man, I’m not gonna make this next, next stage or anything like that. It’s just like, it’s, uh, I mean, I’m going, going hard, doing it as hard as I can, but I don’t put really any pressure, I would say nervous, but no pressure.

Sevan Matossian (13:32):

Can you go, can you, do you go, uh, yeah. How does it work for teams? So basically for individuals, it’s like 10,000 go to the quarter finals. Right? How does it work for teams? Yeah,

Angelo DiCicco (13:46):


Brian Friend (13:46):

There’s a team leaderboard and it’s, it’s the same 10% of the teams in every continent advance.

Sevan Matossian (13:51):

Okay. So the pressure for you will start when the quarter,

Angelo DiCicco (13:55):

Uh, quarter finals, I think quarter finals only because we would like to be in the last heat at our semi-final we’d like to have a better option. So there’s two, obviously in Knoxville, so, or wherever they’re gonna do it, I’m not, I think they chose Knoxville. Um, so we would like to go to the other one that freedom doesn’t go to because we would have a better chance of winning and freedom isn’t there. So freedom goes to one and we go to the other, uh, if we’re higher on the ranks of quarter finals, we get a better choice. That’s about, that’s really all the weight on it is, uh, that for us,

Brian Friend (14:26):

What is, uh, are you like, what do you mean? You get a better choice? I don’t necessarily, I don’t really understand how that process works.

Angelo DiCicco (14:31):

Uh, well, I, I mean last year they sent us an email. If I’m, I’m imagining it’s gonna be similar as I last year, last year, they sent us an email asking, I think, where you live and then your choices in order. So, but last year, if you lived in the state where they, if they were holding a semifinal in your state, you had to go to that one. So I had to go to, um, I had to go to the Mac. So, um, I didn’t know that before. And then, um, this year, I think it’s, that was a COVID thing. I don’t know if this year’s gonna be the same or not. Um, but, uh, but I think we get to choose pretty much in order the ones we wanna go to and the higher ranked, the more likely you are to get the place you want.

Sevan Matossian (15:14):

Uh, someone here Brian is saying it’s 25% of the teams. I don’t know if that matters, but

Brian Friend (15:19):

Oh yeah. That, I think that is right. Thank you, Jess.

Sevan Matossian (15:21):

Well, uh, why, why so many teams To

Angelo DiCicco (15:26):

Probably just, I mean, so more people can continue on the season.

Brian Friend (15:31):

More people can pay.

Angelo DiCicco (15:33):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I think it’s a money thing that makes sense. It’s either a community thing hidden by a money thing or a money thing hidden by a community

Sevan Matossian (15:39):

Thing. Let’s go with the community thing. Let’s, let’s

Brian Friend (15:43):

So benign of you. Thank

Sevan Matossian (15:44):

You. Um, and, uh, and Angela, have you announced who’s on your team yet?

Angelo DiCicco (15:49):

Yes, it is me, Luke Parker, uh, Alexis Johnson and Sasha Nevis.

Sevan Matossian (15:56):

Oh, wow. Yeah. Wow. Uh, um, who, who is the first girl? You said

Angelo DiCicco (16:01):

Alexis Johnson.

Sevan Matossian (16:03):

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard Brian mention her name, but, uh, Sasha Nevis. Is that how you pronounce her name?

Angelo DiCicco (16:08):

Yeah, I, I, I, uh, yes.

Sevan Matossian (16:12):

Um, she has individual aspirations, right?

Angelo DiCicco (16:15):

Sasha. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (16:16):


Brian Friend (16:16):

Was at the games last. She

Angelo DiCicco (16:18):

Went, she went last year. Her first year was last year. And, um, yeah, she, I think this year she plans a going team with us just because it sounded like fun to her, I believe. And then I think she wants to go into VI after that.

Brian Friend (16:31):

And Alexis Johnson has, is a, I think two years, individual games experience also, but

Angelo DiCicco (16:37):

Team one year team one or two years team.

Brian Friend (16:39):

Yeah. And I don’t think she’s competed individually since 2000, like 17 or at least not at the games

Angelo DiCicco (16:47):

Was, uh, was she on don’t stop in 19? I don’t, I didn’t, I don’t. I mean, I

Brian Friend (16:51):

Teams, yeah. Teams, teams team, I think 2007, I think. I don’t know exactly, uh, if she like deliberately abandoned individual pursuit, but the last time she’s at the games as individuals, 2017. And she’s done a bunch of team competitions since then. Yes. Including at 2019.

Sevan Matossian (17:08):

Uh, is, is this team, could it be, have, have, has mayhem ever had two teams that are on the podium at the games?

Angelo DiCicco (17:15):

No, that’s a plan

Brian Friend (17:17):

They’ve had us, uh, a, their second team got fourth in 2018, so they narrowly missed it.

Sevan Matossian (17:24):


Brian Friend (17:24):

That was, that was the last year that mayhem independence was around.

Sevan Matossian (17:28):

Okay. Um, okay. So this is a kind of a resurrection of that team three year Aus for this team. Um, are the girls on this team better than the boys?

Angelo DiCicco (17:36):


Sevan Matossian (17:37):

Wow. Would you agree with that Brian or is just Angela being, uh, humble.

Brian Friend (17:42):

We’ve got two individual games, uh, females and, uh, neither Angela or Lucas qualified in the open field. So I think based on that alone, I’d go with Angela.

Sevan Matossian (17:50):

And, uh, is this uncommon?

Brian Friend (17:54):


Sevan Matossian (17:54):

In our sport, no.

Brian Friend (17:56):

Uh, every year until Andrea and Taylor competed with rich, I would say they were stronger than the male counterparts. I think that the girls out in Norway that we saw at Guus with Kristin Holt, Lina Richter and Ingrid Hodden Meyer are strong, the stronger two on their team. Um, so it’s, and it’s, that’s the recipe for, for success in the team field. You need your women to be, you know, very, very, very good.

Angelo DiCicco (18:20):


Sevan Matossian (18:21):

Uh, okay. So what is the, what was the workouts in week? One,

Brian Friend (18:26):

One there’s one workout.

Sevan Matossian (18:27):

Sorry, what is the workout? The move ins

Brian Friend (18:30):

15 minutes wrap

Angelo DiCicco (18:31):


Brian Friend (18:33):


Angelo DiCicco (18:34):


Brian Friend (18:37):

15 minute.

Sevan Matossian (18:38):

It’s not really rich. Phony. No one get excited. That’s not,

Brian Friend (18:42):

You’re gonna be eating your sock again in a, And we know you’re wearing them cuz you put ’em on while the show is.

Sevan Matossian (18:52):

Um, and wrap 15 minutes,

Brian Friend (18:54):

Three wall walks.

Sevan Matossian (18:56):


Brian Friend (18:57):

12 dumbbell snatch alternating arms,

Sevan Matossian (18:59):

Uh, how heavy?

Brian Friend (19:00):

50 35.

Sevan Matossian (19:01):


Brian Friend (19:03):

And then 15 box jump overs with a mandatory step on.

Sevan Matossian (19:11):

Explain that to me. 15 box jump overs with the mandatory. If you’re jumping over the box, how would you M step down, you

Brian Friend (19:18):

Jump on the box and then step off it on the other side, you cannot jump on it and then jump off it.

Sevan Matossian (19:22):

Okay. Could you jump over it?

Angelo DiCicco (19:24):

Yeah. Can you jump over? It,

Brian Friend (19:25):

It actually in the, in the movement demo was across the release. It, it appeared that that was an option. Yeah. Uh, don’t recommend it though. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (19:33):

I thought I saw a guy do it

Brian Friend (19:36):

Maybe. I mean the, the only time you, that I would recommend doing that is if you’re doing box jumps as the time’s expiring and it’s your last rep.

Angelo DiCicco (19:43):


Sevan Matossian (19:44):

Yeah. I feel like I wanna see, uh,

Angelo DiCicco (19:50):


Sevan Matossian (19:51):

Send them a link. My goodness.

Angelo DiCicco (19:55):


Brian Friend (19:56):

I’ll just leave and watch.

Angelo DiCicco (19:58):


Sevan Matossian (19:59):

I, I wanted, maybe it was Adam, Adam Neer’s gym somewhere. I saw, uh, a dude jumping over the box. I wanna say he was even a master’s athlete. He had his shirt off. He was shreded black dude.

Brian Friend (20:10):

Oh, look. Sometimes in, even in, uh, high level competi in the first round of workouts, you see people transition from the jump rope to the GC by hurdling it. But by the last round they’re like barely struggling to get on it. It’s it’s more for show than anything. It’s not really practical. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (20:24):

Angela, is this the kind of thing? I, I don’t know if Rich’s joking or not, but is this the kind of thing, um, he would say to you guys, like, did you hear rich actually talk about this, a gym. Did you do this at mayhem? I’m assuming you did.

Angelo DiCicco (20:36):

Yeah, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (20:37):

Or at the, at the gym. At

Angelo DiCicco (20:39):

The gym.

Sevan Matossian (20:40):

And, um, and was he, have you talked to rich since the, since you’ve done this workout?

Angelo DiCicco (20:44):


Sevan Matossian (20:45):

And did he express these feelings to you? That, that he didn’t approve of it?

Angelo DiCicco (20:49):

Uh, uh,

Brian Friend (20:51):

There’s a difference between not approving of it and saying that it’s LA

Sevan Matossian (20:55):

Okay. I, I was trying to be nicer. I was trying to,

Speaker 8 (20:58):

I was trying to, I was trying to, well, no, I would censor. I was trying to censor rich,

Brian Friend (21:04):

Well, I don’t know what he necessarily means by lane, but not approve would be like, like if I was gonna not approve of something, I would consider this. Wow. That was good. That he found that.

Sevan Matossian (21:12):

Yeah. Is that ne First’s gym? Caleb guys. Thumb, thumbs up nodding. Yep. Thank you. Wow. Yeah. Look at this Savage. It’s a ridiculous,

Brian Friend (21:23):

I would love to know his score. Does it say a score there?

Angelo DiCicco (21:27):

It looks so easy.

Sevan Matossian (21:29):

So speaking of the box, I wasn’t picturing a box like that. What could you use a big, like one of those Rob, uh, square boxes or you could use any box you wanted?

Angelo DiCicco (21:38):

Yeah, there was like a minimum dimensions. I believe of like the width, obviously the height, but the width as well.

Brian Friend (21:44):

I actually think that the minimum dimensions for the width is, is kind of interesting

Angelo DiCicco (21:49):

Inches. Is that right?

Brian Friend (21:50):

Yeah, but almost, I mean, here’s the thing for this, the box, jump over step down for the women. Almost every box that’s being used at a, at a gym is gonna have a 24 inch di uh, di or length, I guess, for the, for the women, which is a lot further than the men. Yeah. The standard on end and it’ll only be 20 inches. Um, so if you have access to a box that’s only 16 inches and you’re a woman, especially, I think that is a massive advantage in this

Angelo DiCicco (22:16):

Particular workout. See, you see here’s where this is where, uh, I think Rich’s, um, no rebounding this way. I think this is where Rich’s comment comes into play that saying it’s lame. And we were talking about this today. Is it? I think it shows more. I mean, I, I don’t, I can, everyone can disagree with this, but I would rather do the workout, you know, go set up my place. Like I would, as a normal workout, you know, grab my dumbbell, grab my box and not think too hard about it. Hit the workout one time, walk away, put my score on the leaderboard and Hey, I did pretty good. Like I I’m pretty high on the leaderboard and I, and I just did a workout. I didn’t find every little inch I can get out of it. And uh, like squeak out, you know, like, like we’re saying, get a smaller, shorter box, like, like just, just go in and do the workout and leave. Like, that’s the only problem I think that, uh, I personally have for the open, but I, I mean, that’s the open it’s, it’s what it is. You change

Brian Friend (23:13):

That. And they have, I think they have made improvements in that regard really with the, with the floor layouts, the man, because I mean, you saw that it wasn’t even that long ago there was that. Not, not only that one, there was some funny setups for that, but the, uh, dumbbell, thruster, tota bar, uh, jump rope, there

Angelo DiCicco (23:30):

Was, yeah.

Brian Friend (23:31):

I mean, just it like tight spaces. People are doing these things in and like literally you could not replicate them in, in majority of gym format. So having the four layout, I think addresses a majority of those problems. Yeah. But you know, it’s, it’s just the nature of it. Like people are always gonna there’s people that will always try to find those little advantages.

Angelo DiCicco (23:49):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, that’s, I do, I do like part of it, but then the other part of me is like, wouldn’t you feel better if you just went up and you set it up, like, you know, you didn’t really think too hard about it and you just did it, you won, like, you would feel a lot cool than like you squeak out every little inch, you know, you’d be like, man, you know, I still, I still beat everybody and I just kind of did a workout.

Sevan Matossian (24:10):

Yeah. I left the collars off and they didn’t even notice.

Angelo DiCicco (24:13):

Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

Sevan Matossian (24:14):

Yeah. Yeah. I, I hear you. Um, how did you do Angelo in this?

Angelo DiCicco (24:19):

Uh, I got, I was two box jumps box ship overs away from finishing 11 and rounds. Even which last time I checked was like 500. That could be totally much farther down.

Sevan Matossian (24:31):

Um, uh, maybe Caleb can Caleb, do you know this guy? Angela deco his name’s on the bottom there. I know he is not recognized. 5, 5 30. Okay.

Angelo DiCicco (24:39):

Five 30. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (24:39):

That’s luckily, whoa, Caleb. Up from his nap there.

Brian Friend (24:41):

Oh, tied with tomore Kenya. Yep. A Benito. These are good guys. Saki, Gerald hol.

Angelo DiCicco (24:48):

That’s not a good, it’s not a good workout for me at all. Terrible workout. So.

Sevan Matossian (24:52):

And why do you say, and why do you say that? What about it?

Angelo DiCicco (24:55):

Uh, my overhead, anything overhead for me is hard. So like, um, wall walks, hands to walk, handstand, pushups, all that stuff for me. And then, um, yeah, that shoulder stamina. So the dumbs snatch kind of plays in that as well. The box ship overs were, you know, whatever, they were just kind of made me dizzy, but the other half was just a shoulder burn stuff. I’m not great at,

Sevan Matossian (25:14):

Did you say tos Tolo was down there with him?

Brian Friend (25:17):

Let’s say up there,

Sevan Matossian (25:18):

Up there with him up there. Sorry. IM I’m screw up all my Brian’s having a really unfuck me today. Brian’s got like a, the sores out there I, uh, is to, and toll is the cat that’s on Annie’s team, right. With con Annie and, and who who’s the, who’s the lady on that team with them.

Brian Friend (25:34):

Lauren Fisher.

Sevan Matossian (25:36):

Wow. Okay.

Angelo DiCicco (25:38):

Hey, there I am.

Sevan Matossian (25:41):

I wonder if I did, did, uh, did, uh, does, uh, that wonderful man that, um, Lauren fishers? Um RAness yeah. Rasmus got he’s so cool. Did, did he go to Iceland?

Brian Friend (25:53):

I think so.

Sevan Matossian (25:55):

Yeah. Wow.

Brian Friend (25:56):

I haven’t really seen him in any of the, um, footage that they’ve been putting out, but he is, you know, I don’t think he’s training the same way that they are, but I’m, I would be surprised if he’s not there.

Sevan Matossian (26:03):

What country is he? What country is he from? Rasmus

Brian Friend (26:07):

The mark. I think

Sevan Matossian (26:09):

He kind of him and, um, uh, uh, Christoff HVAT should be friends. They kind of like, gimme the same. They’re like got that same pool vibe. You know what I mean? Do you know both those guys, Angelo Christoff and,

Angelo DiCicco (26:19):

Um, I’ve met Christoff, I think only once. And then I’ve hung out with Rasmus a couple times.

Sevan Matossian (26:28):

Kristoff’s a little, I wouldn’t

Angelo DiCicco (26:28):


Sevan Matossian (26:29):

Christo’s a little more stoic.

Angelo DiCicco (26:31):

I wouldn’t say I know either of them very well.

Sevan Matossian (26:33):

Gotcha. They were nice to you though. Yeah, because you’re friends with rich

Angelo DiCicco (26:37):


Sevan Matossian (26:39):

Um, so, so any

Brian Friend (26:42):

You didn’t wanna ask? I did.

Sevan Matossian (26:44):

Oh, how did you do Brian. I, I know you did great. We talked on the phone, sorry. Yes. How did you do, how did you do I’m I’m always impressed by, by what you do. What, how did you do,

Brian Friend (26:53):

Uh, well, I’m very much in the same, same boat as Angela here. 95% of the time. I just, uh, see the workout and, and this was what I like about the open is that, you know, it’s some, it’s a test that someone’s created for the, the global community. And then I get to see it and I get, you know, it’s a chance to evaluate it, come up with a plan and attack it. And I almost always hit it once on Friday afternoon, I have a very kind of, uh, set schedule that I like to follow during the week of the open that I, I feel prepares me to do a really good workout on Friday. And, um, I was really happy with my execution on this. And I, uh, uh, I knew as soon as I finished it, that I would not even, there was no second chance.

Brian Friend (27:29):

I was never gonna give a, even a second thought to doing it again. I was able to do nine rounds plus two, which was my, my minimum expectation was eight for this work, workout eight rounds. So I was really happy with that. Um, and you know, Angela know this and most people listening, like sometimes you just get it to a workout and you know, that you’ve got the pace. Like you can just hold the pace. And it started to hurt really bad with about five minutes left, but it was something that I still knew I could manage. And, uh, even I, uh, increased my pace load at the end and was super happy with it.

Angelo DiCicco (27:59):

I did not feel that way. I felt like I, uh, I felt like I had sandbagged it for the first 10 minute.

Sevan Matossian (28:05):

And you, you were, you were two, two, uh, two away from 11 rounds and, and Brian was two over eight rounds,

Brian Friend (28:12):

Nine rounds,

Sevan Matossian (28:12):

Nine rounds, every round cows. And what place did that put you Brian?

Brian Friend (28:18):

Uh, 8,600, I think.

Sevan Matossian (28:20):

And, and where Wasowski

Brian Friend (28:22):


Sevan Matossian (28:25):

And is there any reason to be, should Falkowski be worried at all or no, that’s still you’re in the game.

Brian Friend (28:30):

I’d be, I mean, I’d be curious to know what, what happened. Uh, I haven’t really had a chance to look too much into who’s posted what about their performances yet this week, but, um, that’s lower than I would expect for him regardless of the workout. And it is still, Hey, we’ll have absolutely no chance of missing the quarter finals.

Sevan Matossian (28:49):

Okay. Do you know any of these names on your page with you to Moberg Matt lo Cola, Leonardo Enrique, Bo GRA all Reese, you know, any of them, you got a girl below you, ally Reese.

Brian Friend (29:06):

No, but there was, uh, there were quite a few, uh, people who messaged me on Instagram and said that they’d had very similar scores to me. So, um, I might know them in that regard, but no, no, no competitive CrossFiters so that’s what you’re asking.

Sevan Matossian (29:17):

And, and, um, for as a, as a, what, what do you think about Angela’s score as a, um, team? How, how did the rest of the people on your team do Angela? Did you beat all them?

Angelo DiCicco (29:27):

Uh, no. I, um, Alexis beat me by three reps, Sasha beat her by like eight or nine. And then I beat Luke by five.

Sevan Matossian (29:36):


Brian Friend (29:37):

Eight pretty that’s a pretty tight margin

Angelo DiCicco (29:39):

Though. It was tight. Yeah. That’s we, we were pretty, yeah, we were pretty happy with it. The fact that, um, all our strengths and weaknesses are very, I mean, I think very different. Um, and then to be that close on a workout that has three things that one of us are good at bad at, you know, kind of okay at. And we all ended up really close with, I think the whole gap between Luke and Sasha.

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