#422 – CrossFit Semifinals | MACC Day 1 Recap

Mattew Ouza (00:00):

To bam we’re live.

Andrew Hiller (00:04):

Uh, it was a little weird <laugh> I think it’s where’s

Sevan Matossian (00:07):

Game break.

Mattew Ouza (00:09):

James James SPR is coming. He is on his way. Seon. What are you doing over there? You getting your swerve on

Sevan Matossian (00:14):

Pretty much. I’m just chilling. I’m just I’m I got tired of this game. Shit went and visited some friends.

Andrew Hiller (00:21):


Mattew Ouza (00:22):

Okay, guys. Well welcome. Here we go. The end of uh, day one event to right off the bat, Jr. Let’s start with you. Is there, did anything jump out at you? Were you surprised by anything let’s start with the teams?

JR Howell (00:34):

Um, no, not really. I think everything kind of, uh, panned out the way I saw it. Um, I do defer a little bit to Andrew on some teams. Some of the teams that I know personally seem to do pretty well on the lift, um, shoe fly was there, did pretty well. Obviously we know about mayhem doing well. Um, but I definitely want to get to that event too, which is, I know, kind of like maybe a hot topic we want to discuss with the, uh, possible appeal for the result of workout too.

Andrew Hiller (01:01):

The, the chest bars you’re talking about. Right? Correct. Yeah. Those, uh, those were not very good. And I mean, in, in my, uh, my point of view is it’s really easy to fix that just don’t count em. Right. And I don’t under, I, I just don’t understand like what the judge is doing in that situation where they’re letting those things go. I mean, every single competition has some sort of Syncro something and chest the bar is rather common or to the bar. And then all you do is say, no, no, no. <laugh>. And then the,

Sevan Matossian (01:28):

Wait, wait, wait, tell me, sorry guys. Sorry to interrupt Andrew. I didn’t, I didn’t watch any of the events. I just got off that last podcast and just started pouring Titos and soda. What? So, so what happened? Well, what’s the issue? I’m I’m, I’m sensing some hesitancy when I heard Jr. Say, um, uh, he’s gonna defer to Hiller album, like, oh shit. That means that there’s a lot of no reps that need to be called out James. Good morning.

James Sprague (01:50):

What’s up gentlemen? How we doing

Andrew Hiller (01:52):

James? Hey James, how are

James Sprague (01:54):

You? I’m doing alright, boys. What are we up to today?

Mattew Ouza (01:57):

Hillers just

Andrew Hiller (01:58):

Talk about everything you wanna talk about. What’s up with you.

James Sprague (02:01):

Oh, let’s go. Well, my, my last five days have been just eating lots of candy and uh, and chilling out, bro. I

Andrew Hiller (02:07):

Don’t have much on life choice is what? What’s the candy of choice,

James Sprague (02:10):

Dude. I have a lot of things. I go those nerd, gummy clusters. I do these, uh, Scandinavian swimmers from trader Joe’s.

Andrew Hiller (02:17):

You need to be careful. Chevon’s gonna kill you.

Mattew Ouza (02:19):

I was gonna say here, we can’t be screwing around while, uh, I’m on the watch here. We know Dodge, sugar.

Andrew Hiller (02:24):

I know I asked the question and then I nipped it in the butt. I was like, oh, get

James Sprague (02:29):

Pissed. So Hiller we’ve run off sugar

Mattew Ouza (02:32):

Hiller. What were those bats about at the last one? You were getting a ton of ’em you just started on it on the team event. What’s going on?

Andrew Hiller (02:37):

Yeah. I, I have a feeling that as we were broadcasting that event, that was what was happening. Cause I needed to backtrack a little bit. So I bet that in that exact moment in time, the, and you know what I know that’s factual because I had a screenshot of it sent to me so I can go back and look at it. The Robins are in full effect, the mayhem team and team, what was it? Uh, camo athletics, CrossFit came athletics. CrossFit was getting a handful of synchronized chest, the bars to count that shouldn’t have been counting. And at one point in time, they stopped and right as they stopped, it appeared that the male athlete was unable to do a chest the bar. So the judge finally called a no rep, but three or four of the reps previous to those also did not count as well as the ensuing two or three reps that they did after the break. And that allowed them to apparently, and it, it, you don’t really know for sure, but it does appear that they then took the event, win over, may have independence. So in the grand scheme of things may have independence is still winning. They have won, they won the first event. They took second on that event. So does it really matter? No, but when everyone’s watching it, it looks really bad. Sys, raising his hand, what’s up.

Sevan Matossian (03:48):

Explain this to me. So what you’re saying is that they were doing a Syncro event in Angelo. What’s the what, what are the ladies name? Alexis and Saha and Luke Parker, their tests, weren’t touching the bar,

Andrew Hiller (04:00):

The independence team, the independence team was good to go. It was the opposing team that beat them. That was having the issues.

Sevan Matossian (04:07):

And, and what does that look like? Describe that to me. What does that look like when you’re not Syncro in your, uh, in your chest of our, oh,

Andrew Hiller (04:12):

When you’re going Syncro, the pull ups look like this and when they’re not going Syncro, it, it ends up looking like this. It’s like pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and it’s very easy to see. Um, yeah.

JR Howell (04:22):

Yeah. I mean the chess, the chess were making contact alternating, not even close to synchronized.

Andrew Hiller (04:28):


Sevan Matossian (04:30):

How would you even count those then?

Andrew Hiller (04:32):

Well, that’s the issue. They shouldn’t have counted. And you would think that anybody with eyes would say, no, those don’t count. And that’s the issue at hand is I’m sending you guys a link and maybe Susan could throw it on the feed. And then, so I don’t know exactly what we’re talking about. So that’ll come through eventually not if

James Sprague (04:49):

It’s gonna get us one of those strikes.

Sevan Matossian (04:52):

Good job. Just cut it off real quick. Yes. Who ended up? Who ended up winning?

Andrew Hiller (04:57):

They did the team that was getting the no reps. It allowed everybody got capped. They were cap plus seven with the victory. Mayhem. Independence was cap plus eight finishing second. So they got one more rep over mayhem, probably because they were given those reps that they shouldn’t have been given.

Sevan Matossian (05:14):

Uh, James, did you see that in that?

James Sprague (05:17):

I just watched, uh, basically the final female heat and then a couple of the guys seats, cuz I have a bunch of friends and the guys, uh, I don’t know if you just saw Nick Thomas, he’s gonna be sitting like third after day one, but he’s a guy I trained with here at home in Washington. And he was like shocking everyone on day one. It was pretty cool to watch, but I didn’t finish.

Andrew Hiller (05:37):

Was he in heat too? And he finished real well in the overhead squad?

James Sprague (05:39):

Yes. Yeah. He’s he actually just, this is like his first year back on four years and he’s kind of has a similar story to Ricky and he’s, he’s coming back. He’s such a humble dude and you know, like it, it’s really cool to see him back out. I’m super pumped for him.

Sevan Matossian (05:54):

Wait a second. Let me see if I understand what’s going on here. We were just talking about teams. I asked James if he watched him, he switches to the male individual and then told us about one of his friends who got busted for getting juiced up who now is doing good.

Mattew Ouza (06:05):


Sevan Matossian (06:06):

Did, did I, did I? Did I follow that right? That what happened basically?

James Sprague (06:09):

That’s basically,

Sevan Matossian (06:11):

That’s why this show is number one. <laugh> on all network on all reckoning.

James Sprague (06:16):

Nick is a humble killer man. Nick has

Andrew Hiller (06:19):

Come. What was the substance? Do you remember? Do you know? You know, the substance he was for? That’s always what

James Sprague (06:24):

I’m curious about. I heard the story and man, it, it, he’s a really good dude and it’s just, it’s it’s hard to fathom what happened, but you never know

Andrew Hiller (06:33):

What was the, what was the what’s the public story?

Sevan Matossian (06:37):

Getta Miller. He

James Sprague (06:38):

Had a, he had a pretty crazy, crazy, uh, girlfriend. That kind of

Andrew Hiller (06:43):

No shit did she?

Sevan Matossian (06:44):

Oh, she, he spit tented, semen, semen into his mouth. Like that girl from Berkeley who got busted. Do you remember her? Do you remember that? That,

Andrew Hiller (06:52):

Yes, I remember

James Sprague (06:53):

That’s a great question, but all I know is this man has been

Andrew Hiller (06:56):

Putting in

James Sprague (06:56):

Work over the last four years and he, uh, he has not backed down to adversity and I’m freaking excited for him.

Andrew Hiller (07:03):

Good. So he is like a, be Ricky ARD because we don’t know his name, but it could end up being a really good story. Hell Nick Thomas right before,

Sevan Matossian (07:11):

Hey li is this squeaky clean? James Sprague is backing this dude up. I, I give him a pass. I give him a pass.

James Sprague (07:19):

I, I swear on my everything. I’ve trained with this dude enough to know he’s he’s very legit and he’s, he’s helped me a lot in my journey too, man. Uh, I’ve competed with him like at a little competitions the last couple years too. And he’s, he’s just so strong mentally. It’s been cool. He’s rubbed off a lot on me,

Sevan Matossian (07:36):

James. Don’t let him rub off on you. Don’t kiss him or his girlfriend on the list. Tell anybody,

Mattew Ouza (07:41):

Oh, not too close, not too close. So let’s put a bow on this team thing real quick before we move on the individual. Jr. Do you think that there is a chance for them to, uh, appeal what happened and then mayhem will end up taking first in that event?

JR Howell (07:56):

Uh, the information I’m gathering here on site is saying that, that there is no way to do that really, because it would may, it would mean that they would go back and essentially take reps away. And then if they did that, uh, I just don’t see how they would do it.

Andrew Hiller (08:11):

I’m actually gonna make a video on this, but Ben talking don’t say everything, but the Ben most recent podcast, he was talking about the thing and it was him and wandering around trying to get the rope taken care of. And they were there at seven 30 in the morning because they were told that they did not show up. So the event was at 7:30 AM and then they, or the, uh, briefing the event was five hours later. So they didn’t wanna wake up. But they were told if they didn’t wake up to go to the briefing, they would lose the chance to appeal an event. And that’s something that we’ve all heard, but Ben Smith makes it rather clear that at no point, has there ever been any sort of an appeal that will then be granted to them? So like, why did they, why would they show up? And they didn’t show up the next day, EV every athlete who’s been in a CrossFit space who has tried to make an appeal, has never been like given any sort of an inch with the exception of like, maybe Carra Webb, overhead squatting on that 2, 2, 2, 3 interval. I think that there was an adjustment made on that after the event. But other than that, there’s really been nothing.

James Sprague (09:16):

Yeah. I think

JR Howell (09:18):

The same can be said for, for online competition. The only one I know of specifically is Cedric.

Andrew Hiller (09:24):


Mattew Ouza (09:25):

Yeah. You can add something to that.

James Sprague (09:27):

Yeah. It’s, it’s pretty crazy. They actually have an appeal process for like how, how many scenarios they could change things and they just choose not to. So I’m like, I, I agree with what Smith and Patrick did, like not showing up, like, it’s like, you’re really not gonna get anything out of it.

Andrew Hiller (09:42):

You can get like three more hours of sleep and nothing changes. Right. It’s nuts. I mean, you know what the workout is, it’s just down and back climb the rope. What are you gonna miss out on the fact that they’re trying to shorten it and they didn’t shorten it until this week and then they shorten it. Hey, thanks guys.

Sevan Matossian (09:56):

I’d like to just chime in one final thing. Sorry. So one final thing on this, that rope thing, the more and more I think about it, that it, it does not fall on anyone, in my opinion, other than CrossFit whoever’s in charge of CrossFitting of the CrossFit games is at the end should stand up and man up and be like, Hey, this is a, this is a workout we told them to do. This is a CrossFit sanctioned event. This is our responsibility. We’ve been doing these events for years. And that just so you guys know. So that’s, that’s currently where I stand on this 100%. I’m not like I thought about it enough. I’ve heard, I’ve heard it up to the sides. Just, that’s just my opinion. I wanted to throw that out there.

Mattew Ouza (10:34):

All right. So the appeal process basically doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.

Andrew Hiller (10:37):

It doesn’t matter. I have an upload of that clip for your, do you wanna show that?

Sevan Matossian (10:41):

Did you, Hey, and, and at the end of the day, here’s the thing too, with mayhem and, and in that team, that’s not that team’s fault that the judge fucked that up at the end of the day, the mayhem team, we’ve talked about this ad nauseum, that, that at the end of the day, you have to win the event. You have to beat the judges, you have to beat the other people’s judges, mayhem, did what they needed to do, and there’s probably still gonna win the event, but now they got a second place on their record. They’re no tiered to me.

Mattew Ouza (11:07):

Fair. So outside. And, uh, no, I won’t be able to show that clip because I’d have to convert it and like upload it here. So maybe we’ll have to, uh, circle back around to that later. So let’s start with the, uh, women’s um, the women’s individual event two here, uh, James, any big surprises for you? Anything jump out at you?

James Sprague (11:24):

Um, just a couple of the, the girls that are up and coming from the teenage division. Um, I think Shelby O’Neil and then Rebecca fuse, fuse liar. I don’t know how to say her last name. Just a couple of young studs coming up and, uh, crushing it like that, that last event, they, I think it was like a fourth and a fifth place for those two faith Ferguson as well. Can’t leave her out. She’s ahead of Daniel, Brandon. Um, yeah, honestly, Brooke Wells coming back off her elbow story, shocking everyone, but two, two events today that could have been detrimental on an elbow, like, but she rose up and crushed.

Mattew Ouza (11:57):

Yeah. Jr. How big was this event for Brooke wheels coming back? We see a lot of overhead work. The handstand walk, the overhead squad. Was this kind of a comeback for, for her in the sense of getting back with that elbow?

James Sprague (12:09):


JR Howell (12:09):

I mean, I don’t think there should be any reason to believe that she’s not heading into day two with the most confidence she could possibly have going heavy overhead and then holding the bar overhead for let’s face it probably two plus minutes of time, not counting the time under tension on the handstand wall. She’s gotta be feeling great about the way her elbow’s holding up to this point.

Mattew Ouza (12:30):

Yeah. Hiller. What do you think about that? Did you, uh, speaking of the no reps, did you catch that Daniel? Brandon, no rep right at the very end with the handstand walk there, looking like it may have cost her the event win.

Andrew Hiller (12:41):

It cost her the event win, but it should have, because it was a good call and the judge’s end, correct?

Mattew Ouza (12:47):

Yeah. So Walker did what happened.

Andrew Hiller (12:50):

I mean, she put her hands in front of the line and the judge called her back and the judge should have called her back. That’s that’s all we’re asking for, because if that would’ve happened on the team end of things, like we were talking about, it’s likely mayhem. Would’ve moved ahead. Just like Brooke moved ahead of Daniel, Brandon here. And it’s always, I mean, it’s the judge’s job to call out things and they see things going the wrong way. And I would bet you that Daniel, Brandon’s not upset about it because she’ll look at it to it. Oh yeah. That was the right call.

Mattew Ouza (13:17):

Now looking at the, uh, leaderboard here in the top five with these women, is there anybody that will that’s here now that will not be here at the end of the weekend?

Andrew Hiller (13:26):

Should we ask

Mattew Ouza (13:27):

James James? Let’s start with you.

James Sprague (13:29):

Oh man. <laugh> I can’t tell you can never tell anything, anything from day one, like you, you can’t tell crap, obviously, like you’re looking at who’s consistent, like, like that’s a good sign, but also like the events tomorrow are completely opposite of the events today. Um, we got like no weights tomorrow, no barbell, um, a really short one, a really long one while today were just a lift and like a, a moderate kind of time domain like that eight to 12 minute. Um, but I, I really don’t think that you can tell anything yet. I think that these two girls and third and fourth are legit and they’ve come a long way and I would love to see them stay up there.

Mattew Ouza (14:06):

Yeah. Especially those two young ones, Shelby, Neil and faith Ferguson that you were saying they’re is this gonna be their coming out party so to speak

James Sprague (14:13):

It? It sure could. It sure could. I mean, they haven’t really had, I think both these ladies had Bennett semifinals, uh, last year, but I think it was just their intro year. Kind of like my year, last year was like, get the feel for it, understand like what the comp floor is and, and feel it out. And then once you have that confidence under your belts, like you can really take off.

Mattew Ouza (14:31):

Yeah, Jr.

Sevan Matossian (14:32):

I got a good question, Susan, can I jump in there? Absolutely. When you mentioned their names, you, you mentioned, um, <affirmative> she was, it was it Shelby and you mentioned another girl. I don’t know who it is and Jr. Kind of pumped his fist. Who was that? And, and what, what’s the deal with that Jr. Why do you get excited about that second lady?

JR Howell (14:51):

Well, yeah, I mean, it’s just really cool to see, um, girls like Shelby, who, you know, have come and do my competition. She won this past year when the thumb took the victory. Um, and just getting to know Shelby a little bit over that weekend. She’s one of the most humble and just real athletes I’ve really ever been around. And, um, she actually told me after that competition, she wasn’t sure what her plans were. As far as this season went, she didn’t know she was gonna do the open. She was possibly considering entering the military. So just seeing her decide to compete as fit as she was when I saw her in person is just really cool to see her progress.

Sevan Matossian (15:26):

And, and who was the other lady who was the other lady

Andrew Hiller (15:29):


Sevan Matossian (15:30):

That first? No, there was Shelby Neil. There was one horn

James Sprague (15:32):

Rebecca at 11

Andrew Hiller (15:34):

Rebecca, ER,

Sevan Matossian (15:36):

Do you know her Jr.

JR Howell (15:39):

Uh, fussier? No, I, I don’t know her.

Sevan Matossian (15:41):


James Sprague (15:41):

She check, she has probably the best content I’ve seen on Instagram. She works. She’s at the gym, like 14 hours a day. And she like, she posts her and her dog are like best friends and they do everything together. <laugh> bet. I bet they rack in some sponsor money that, that dog’s her main source of income.

Sevan Matossian (15:55):

<laugh> who, who, who is that against Sprague? What’s her name?

James Sprague (15:57):

Uh, number 11, Rebecca,

Andrew Hiller (15:59):

You know, growing up, I knew somebody whose dog had like 50,000 followers on Instagram and they would get money from it and free dog food for other dogs and shit. Wow. The real thing.

James Sprague (16:09):

That’s funny.

Andrew Hiller (16:10):


Mattew Ouza (16:10):

That’s Harding. Hillary, anything stand out for you with these, uh, top five women here.

Andrew Hiller (16:14):

Yeah. I gotta bring this up. Is that I said that after the first two events, Brooke Wells, maybe in sixth or seventh and she’s in first and I knew that was gonna be the case, watching her do the clean complex. So I should go ahead and retract that statement saying that she looks totally dominant. <laugh> she’s uh, she’s gonna end up doing real well this weekend.

Mattew Ouza (16:33):

Does she come out of that first place spot?

Andrew Hiller (16:36):

I don’t think so.

Mattew Ouza (16:37):

James, what about you?

James Sprague (16:39):

Yeah. I mean, tomorrow’s a completely different story and you know, Brook, Brook’s been just so consistent in a lot of workouts over her career. So I don’t count her out of anything.

Andrew Hiller (16:50):

You don’t count her outta the first place spot or you don’t count her out of contending? Uh,

James Sprague (16:55):

The contending, I, I, you can’t say anything’s locked up after the first day.

Andrew Hiller (16:59):

You’re right? Yeah. SI ation looks like a fucking tank.

James Sprague (17:03):


Sevan Matossian (17:04):

She’s the future baby. She’s the future.

James Sprague (17:07):

<laugh> so Savon. You really like her?

Sevan Matossian (17:10):

God, I love her. She’s great. She, uh, she, she presents herself and performs on the field. It there’s a, I don’t know symmetry is not the right word, but yeah, she’s, she’s the real deal she puts in the hard work. She doesn’t have the distractions in her life. You could say, you could say she’s the James Sprague on the female side. And James Sprague is the male version of her. <laugh> committed. Good hearted, uh, uh, young human.

James Sprague (17:41):

That’s really nice. I don’t know if you’ll remember this. You actually, uh, you actually mentioned her name on our last podcast and it was pretty funny.

Sevan Matossian (17:48):

I was probably trying to set you guys up.

JR Howell (17:50):

<laugh> yeah, that was, that was, uh, that was pretty funny before

Mattew Ouza (17:54):

Jr. What about you one and two here with Brooke and, uh, Sydney. Is, are those spots moving at all in your opinion?

JR Howell (18:00):

Yeah, I think there might be some movement after tomorrow. Remember the legless rope climb workout is looming and we should all kind of just hold our breath to make sure that none of the ladies, I would even say like in the top 10 don’t have a major glaring weakness that could kind of shift the leaderboard. I don’t really expect it from Brooke or Sydney, but I’m, I guarantee you there’ll be someone up here towards the top that takes a big hit on that. If history serves the people we should be looking for to move are possibly the people that finished the highest on the barbell complex or the people who finished the lower on the Barb complex in the top 10. So you see a lot of movement sometimes with that being the lowest placing finish for an athlete or the highest placing finish for an athlete. Like just thinking about last week at syndicate, um, you know, uh, Mrs. McClellan, um, doing really, really well day one day two, and then something just happened day three and she ended up falling back.

Mattew Ouza (18:56):

Yeah. Jay, are you at the event? Were you there? How was the, how was it? What was it like? How was the attendance looking today?

JR Howell (19:04):

I will say, uh, comparatively to all weekend last weekend, there seemed like there were a lot more people here today. Um, and then for a Friday that just tells me that there’s probably gonna be a lot more tomorrow and Sunday, something that I’m not sure you guys could see, um, talking about Danielle, Brandon’s no rep. Um, the judges are really, really tight this weekend. I know last weekend talking to Jason and some of the guys, you know, the judges were pretty tight on some specific movements, like the wall ball reps, uh, maybe the GD reps, but on the overhead squats heats one, two and three males and females. I mean, lots of athletes getting no rep high, high level athletes, big name athletes. I mean, no name, all of them.

Mattew Ouza (19:44):

Yeah. Hillary, how much of that box that they had to stay in during the overhead squats? How much do you think that that affected them? Because I saw some people where they would power, snatch it up and trying to balance that heaviest last bar, they would take a step right out of the box and immediately get no rep or have to have to take a couple steps back. And it seemed like it was throwing off a few of ’em towards the end.

Andrew Hiller (20:02):

Are you saying they were power snatching it because they were afraid of squat snatching it and the box will become an issue? Or are you saying that they’re getting no reps? Cause the box is too

Mattew Ouza (20:11):

Small box is too small.

Andrew Hiller (20:13):

I think the box is a good size. And I think that that might play into accuracy coordination component of the sport. So like not only do you have the overhead squat bar, which, you know, you need to keep yourself in one spot and actually do the overhead squats the way you should. But now also you aren’t allowed to move around. And I remember one of the things that was an issue in early day CrossFit was people catching a lift and running around with it and still having it count where weightlifters will look at it and say, oh, that doesn’t count. Like that’s so stupid. And that’s probably a step in the right direction. And it’s also great that the judges are calling it, which yeah, they are. <laugh>, they’re calling a lot of stuff I had, I had in a comment section, it was like super, super.

Andrew Hiller (20:52):

And I mentioned this last weekend, it was very steroidy where everyone’s like, these people are on steroids. I was like, all right, guys, just watch the fucking event. And then when I clicked on there, it seemed as if, from the point in time that the team event went on all the way through like heat, two of the individual females, everyone’s like the judges suck, the judges suck. And I’m like, you not see how many, no reps are being called. You’re so caught on that one instance. And it’s like, that was one judge who made a mistake. Yes. And they shouldn’t have done that. And it’s good that it’s being addressed, but like once it’s addressed and it’s out there, I’m sure the judge is gonna be, they’re probably gonna see it on the internet. They’re go, fuck. I completely ruined everything. So they’re never gonna do it again ever. They won’t, they, they they’ll never make that mistake again. And that’s the idea. Um, but where was I going with all this shit? Uh, yeah. That the comment section needed to clear up a little bit. So I wonder what’s gonna happen next weekend. Like what’s the thing that I’m gonna see that like, all right guys, chill out. <laugh>

Mattew Ouza (21:45):

Yeah. James was those, were those boxes a factor at all? I mean, we talked about it with the Tor tank and trying to stay in your line and how that threw some people off, trying to get it back was, was that as much as a factor with these O with the, with, with the boxes for you?

James Sprague (21:58):

Um, you know, there was no event where it was like really tight. Um, the, the floor and your lane was pretty big for every event. Um, you know, the only one I had an issue with was on the lift. Like my, I came, I came off my platform. That was just a personal mistake. And I like, I missed my, my last split shirt cuz my foot slipped off. Um, but I, I don’t think that like everyone trains, it can train in a tighter box or a tighter space and you shouldn’t be moving like, like five feet in front and five feet in back. So it’s, you know, it’s not actually that big of a box. I think that it, it shouldn’t have like affected too much.

Mattew Ouza (22:32):

So before we move on to the men, is there anything in the women we want to add here, Hillary? Are you raising your hand? Are you just checking the broken elbow?

Andrew Hiller (22:38):

This is, this is the good elbow. Oh,

Mattew Ouza (22:40):

It’s the good elbow.

Andrew Hiller (22:41):

Okay. Yeah. This one’s the busted elbow. I gotta point out this comment where it says, this looks like an episode in the future when Sivan has dementia, but still demands a video feeds. Good. I thought that was pretty good.

Mattew Ouza (22:57):

<laugh> thank you Mike M for that, uh, comment there. Okay. Jr. Anything else before we move on to them in here? Anything we wanna add anything we didn’t cover with these, uh, women in the event too?

JR Howell (23:06):

Yeah. Yeah. I think we should probably just stress that, um, Bailey rail that 13th have a feeling is gonna by far be her lowest finish of the weekend. Don’t be surprised if like maybe she climbs up into, into two by the end of the

Andrew Hiller (23:19):

Weekend. Is that what you were getting at with the lower end of the lift? Probably scooting up. Okay. For sure. I thought so.

JR Howell (23:25):

And Danielle as well.

Mattew Ouza (23:28):

So we’re looking for Bailey rail and Danielle to start making their climb in day two. All right. So we’ll move on to the, uh, mid now. Let’s start there. Wait,

Sevan Matossian (23:40):

Wait, wait, sorry. Sorry. One question. What, what place I can’t see. Cause I’m on my phone, but what place did Danielle Brandon taken that

Andrew Hiller (23:46):

Second? The first one or

Sevan Matossian (23:48):

The second? The second, the second workout.

Andrew Hiller (23:50):

Second, second, second.

Sevan Matossian (23:52):

Okay. And that’s what we expected, right? The, she she’s the handstand walking master, whether it’s male, female. She is she’s the top of the food chain in that, in that movement. Is that correct?

JR Howell (24:03):

Yeah. It appeared like in that workout where Brooke really made her move was on the GD cycle rate.

Sevan Matossian (24:10):

Okay. And Brooke took first because we know there was 270 feet of handstand walks. Is that correct?

Andrew Hiller (24:17):

Until, uh, yes. Sounds right.

Sevan Matossian (24:19):

Okay. And what we saw her do at the games was just ridiculous. Right? I mean, she basically just ran away from the, from the, from the rest of the field.

Mattew Ouza (24:29):

Yeah. She’s good on her hands. That’s for sure.

Andrew Hiller (24:31):

That being Daniel brand. Yeah. They said that a bunch in the, it was pretty funny. It was like, this girl can run on her hands. It didn’t end up really like it played that much into it.

Sevan Matossian (24:39):

Look when I say something about an athlete and I’m asking for affirmation about their movement and Matt SU answers before you Howell, you Sprague or you Hiller, that means you three are fucking up.

Andrew Hiller (24:49):

<laugh> won’t happen again guys. If I was drunk, he’s getting drunk.

James Sprague (24:58):

You guys thought, uh, Daniel, Brandon, Stan walks were fast. You should Seetu Meg does from last weekend. I don’t know if you watched event four from a syndicate. He can run faster on his hands than a lot of guys can jog, like on their feet.

JR Howell (25:11):

It was impressive. It was impressive.

James Sprague (25:13):


Andrew Hiller (25:13):

Do you guys remember Matt mom met rote? Do you remember how fast that motherfucker was on his hands? <laugh> yeah, SI’s missing it. We’re finally talking about what he wanted to talk about. <laugh>

Mattew Ouza (25:26):

You guys think of Brooke Wells absolutely destroyed those GDS because for a while, that’s all the moments she had to practice.

Andrew Hiller (25:32):

<laugh> uh, yeah, likely she just did like a thousand a week and now it’s nothing for her to do 121 it’ll workout.

Mattew Ouza (25:39):

Yeah. I got that same with either, like, you could still do GDS apparently with the while you’re healing from an elbow injury. So that

James Sprague (25:45):

Think a guy on mayhem actually did a thousand in a workout. And then

Andrew Hiller (25:48):

That was Dre STRM did he? He did 20 a minute for an hour.

James Sprague (25:52):

Didn’t he do that with wall balls too? We did that 1500 or something.

Andrew Hiller (25:57):

Fuck that one. I don’t know. But <laugh>,

James Sprague (25:59):

That’s so nuts.

Andrew Hiller (26:01):

There’s an athlete named Lauren Alz. Who did, who did like this crazy month where she would do things like that. It was like a thousand wall balls, a thousand thrusters. Just things like that. I never understood how.

James Sprague (26:14):

Wow. Yeah. That’s nuts. The,

Sevan Matossian (26:16):

The, the original person, uh, Jenny or back, this is Hillary. You were still in your, uh, dad’s scrotum. Uh, 2008 or nine. There was a, a lady on the L one team. She still in the L one team. I think she’s a flow master now named Jenny or, and I remember she would be busting off like a thousand air squats, a thousand wall balls, shit like that. So let that be,

Andrew Hiller (26:36):

So the next thing needs to be like a thousand dead lifts at three 15.

Sevan Matossian (26:40):

That’s on, that’s on that’s on that cold will be doing that. Yeah.

Mattew Ouza (26:45):

It’ll be a daily practice. So moving on to the, uh, to the men here, unless you guys had anything else to add for the women? Nope. We’re good. Clear. Okay. So individual men, uh, James, let’s start with you, your boy. Second place there.

James Sprague (26:58):

Oh bro. I expected nothing less.

Mattew Ouza (27:00):

Is that what we expect from, uh, all the do pepper there is this just, just the beginning for him for his weekend?

James Sprague (27:06):

I didn’t expect his lift to go that well, I thought I knew he’d hit three 20, but I didn’t, I didn’t know if he had that 3 25 in him. Homeboy has been much more consistent. He’s not just strong now, so he can do a little bit of everything. I mean, he is right behind me and running and in the pool now too, which is really scary. So <laugh> um, yeah, it’s, it’s pretty nuts to see his consistency. Um, and he tied me in training on workout three and I did pretty well on workout three at syndicate. So, um, expect a really good finish from him there tomorrow too. Um, two, um, so, you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if do comes out of this with a dub, um, just knowing how consistent he is and you know, he, he plays his game so well on the floor. It’s it’s pretty cool.

Mattew Ouza (27:51):

That’s Jr. What do you, what do you think about that? Saxon, number one, do pepper. Number two. Are they just gonna be trading blows this whole time? Are they moving out of those spots?

JR Howell (28:00):

Yeah, I think there’s probably gonna be a little bit of movement. Um, but I don’t know. I mean, both of those being top fives to start start the weekend is pretty impressive to me. Um, James can probably speak to this a little more. I don’t know, specifically, um, Down’s so-called strength and weaknesses. Is there gonna be a workout that he’s not really looking forward to or perhaps like a damage control workout later in the weekend? Based on what I saw at waap Polooza it doesn’t look like he has any of those kind of holes

Sevan Matossian (28:28):

Howevers rope climbs.

James Sprague (28:30):

Well, he tied me in that rope climb workout. Like I said, like he he’s really good at that stuff. Like, um, the only one that like, I’m excited to see him get redemption on his workout four, cuz it’s long cardio, aerobic. Like, you know, it’s not that he suck at that stuff in the past, but he’s gotten a lot better at it. Um, like if you just look at like the quarter finals, um, where the long workout with the wall balls, shuttle runs rope climbs, like similar to that, like he, he like was like 10th in that and the quarter finals, like, and I’m like, dude, you should never be getting 10th in that. And um, so he’s, he will do well in everything here. I watched him test that workout five in training. It was insane psycho to watch. Um, yeah, I really don’t think there’s anything slowing him down. That’s he still has his lock screen as his, uh, sixth place from last year, which <laugh> I, I did the same thing with mine already. I was just like, I need to change this. Um, lemme see if I can pull it up, but I’m just like, I need something to, to get me some fire fuel for next year. So I put that out there <laugh> and um, just like defining moments. He has that stuff in lock screen. So he’s hungry,

Sevan Matossian (29:34):

James James. I know we don’t have D on here. We should probably ask him himself, but you hear these stories of someone like Matt Fraser who did a run and took last place. And then all he did for the next year was he joined a high school track team and runs his ass off. Or you hear Miko sta locking himself in a closet every morning, you know, and, and just hitting the fucking rower or you hear people getting on the assault bike and selling their soul every morning. And you train with down, down there with Matt Torres and that, that BR.

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