#570 – Justin Medeiros

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

I think I had too much coffee, BA I’m more live, ate old. Uh, I just finished my fast 36 hour fast. I ate a old hamburger that was in the fridge minus the bun. I just pulled the meat out. Oh shit. There he is. On time. Clean shit. What’s oh boy, this is going to be good. I love Justin. Hopefully fun and funny. There will be no fun.

Justin Medeiros (00:27):

No fun will be hot.

Sevan Matossian (00:29):

I’m all buzzing. I hope this will be good. One. Imagine both Ellie and Justin come to the show and speak up about their relationship or even better. Her photo bombing and walking out of the shower. Holy shit. You pervert. I hope Justin talks some shit to Chevon. We need to see a spicy side. How about you eat a Dick Austin.

Justin Medeiros (00:47):

I got you Austin.

Sevan Matossian (00:49):

<laugh> oh, no dude. You did it again.

Justin Medeiros (00:54):

I did. I did.

Sevan Matossian (00:57):

It was crazy. I was, I was watching say it again.

Justin Medeiros (01:01):

I said we did. I gotta my team, Adam, Jesse, Ellie,

Sevan Matossian (01:07):

Ellie. Hey, um, so, um, there were, there were a variety of accusations that I’ve made about you opinions.

Justin Medeiros (01:14):


Sevan Matossian (01:15):

I said, you looked like a baboon. I said you were raised in the ghetto. I said, Ellie was your girlfriend. I said, you beat Matt Fraser up in a fight. I said, you’re going to waters on a team. And I said, you look thick in the core, which is code for Choto

Justin Medeiros (01:30):

<laugh> um, and I’m looping it in cuz you didn’t say no that I’m more likely to lose than Ellie is to win. So that’s

Sevan Matossian (01:38):

Wait, wait I’m you’re oh, wow. Oh, you’ve come to defend the honor. Oh wow. Did I say that

Justin Medeiros (01:46):

Dude? I don’t know if that’s more of a dig to me or her, but <laugh>

Sevan Matossian (01:50):

<laugh> I killed two birds with one stone.

Justin Medeiros (01:53):

Yep. Yep. You did.

Sevan Matossian (01:54):

Hey, so your dad invited me. Uh, I was in LA, but your dad invited me to some party at your house. Was I gonna get jumped? There were, were the Diaz’s brothers gonna be there and I was gonna get jumped.

Justin Medeiros (02:04):

Damn. Right. <laugh>

Sevan Matossian (02:07):

Like, like you need the Diaz brothers to beat me

Justin Medeiros (02:09):

Up. Hey, you don’t mess with people in the 2 0 9, you know?

Sevan Matossian (02:14):

Uh, so, um, te tell me, tell me, I’m starting to think that the Ellie thing was a, not her come to train there, but a, you wanted to hold her hand

Justin Medeiros (02:28):

<laugh> that’s exactly what it was. Devon.

Sevan Matossian (02:30):

That’s awesome. Whose idea? So you guys were just like courting and you’re like, Hey, come out. And you guys were just saw each other at a comp or something and then the courtship started and then you said, Hey, come out and visit. And let’s see if we, if we’re compatible.

Justin Medeiros (02:45):

Uh, honestly not really. Um, after last year’s games, I really wanted to have a training partner and just kind of like kept eyes and ears open to kind of see if anybody was like, kind of willing to, if I thought if anybody was like a good pick, um, but nothing to push. I mean, obviously I was able to win the games last year training by myself. So like I knew what we were doing was like working, but it’s pretty rough to go through training by yourself. And I knew I couldn’t train with a guy, so just kind of trying to like, see what would happen. And then Ellie wanted to come out and train, like I’d met, I’d met her at last year’s games super briefly at like great Dan CrossFit just kind of like said, hi bye. But never really thought a thing of it. I mean, she’s from Australia. So I was like, didn’t even think about, she could be, possibly be a training partner. And Daniel told me that she was looking to maybe come to the states, uh, to get

Sevan Matossian (03:41):

Who’s who’s Daniel,

Justin Medeiros (03:43):

Uh, Daniel Robbins. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (03:45):


Justin Medeiros (03:46):

He, um, but yeah, just, uh, she was looking to come to the states and after waap polou um, they started working together, Ellie and Daniel and, um,

Sevan Matossian (03:56):

He’s a coach. What’s he do? What’s that do?

Justin Medeiros (03:59):

Uh, agent

Sevan Matossian (04:00):

Agent. Okay. Okay.

Justin Medeiros (04:02):

Yeah. And then just, uh, she wanted to like come train and that’s all, it was like, come train for a week, see if she can learn something, you know, and then she ended up really liking it and kind of tried to figure out if she wanted to stay longer. And then one, a one week trip kind of turned into like three months,

Sevan Matossian (04:22):

But you guys hold hands now. There’s there’s you guys are more than training partners, right?

Justin Medeiros (04:27):

Yes. We are more than training partners.

Sevan Matossian (04:29):

Wow. And, and, and, um, do you guys have to have a talk

Justin Medeiros (04:33):

For sure? I mean, I think, I think it was something that I was actively trying to prevent, you know, like

Sevan Matossian (04:38):

You were, you were

Justin Medeiros (04:40):

For sure,

Sevan Matossian (04:41):

Like you had your wall up, don’t look at her like, um, like a, um, an object of desire. Don’t see her as a flower. She’s just another fucking piece here. Lifting weight. She,

Justin Medeiros (04:52):

She is like, by far like the best training partner, like I’ve ever had. And like, I was having so much drama training. I feel like I was getting a lot more out of my training and I know that like, if I ever went down that road, like you kind of can’t go back, you know, like can like, oh no, like let’s try it and see if it works. And it doesn’t work. It’s like, oh, okay. Well, like now let’s just go back to being just training partners. So I knew that probably wasn’t like, it’s just like a, a road that I didn’t want to kind of go down, but it kind of got to a point where it was harder to like, like fight it, you know? And it was kind of like just more irritating, more stress or whatever it was. And like, I know I trained better when I’m happy. So its kind of like, it kind naturally came on. I guess after that, when I kind of like let the guard down

Sevan Matossian (05:40):

Doesn’t isn’t it, couldn’t it kind, it’s gotta be weird because um, like I, I, I worked with my wife for five years at the same job and kind of even, it’s not even once you kind of it’s so delicate, right. Because once you kind of make it known, like you have to, to like really go into the water slowly. Right. You gotta be like accidentally bumper as you’re going to the bathroom and test that out. Well, how did that go? <laugh> right. I mean, it’s like, like as you pass, it’s gotta be so gentle. Right. The courtship has to be delicate.

Justin Medeiros (06:14):

And like, I, I think she also came from training by herself mostly, you know, she’s out in Australia, she’s getting remote programming at the time. So she kind of knew what it was like to like go through all that like on your own. And, but we also know what it takes to like do it on your own. And like we’re both individual athletes and like I’ve made my priorities like very clear of like what I want to do and like us cross it being my number one priority. And every decision like I make during the cross, the game season is to win again. You know? And like, and same thing, same goes for her to get like for her to get the best out of her season that she can every year. But I think that we can help each other so much more to do that. And like, we understand like how it is to go through it. You know?

Sevan Matossian (07:03):

What do you do? Um, is it just the, uh, what do you do to, to test the waters? Like one day just after training, you’re like, Hey, are you hungry? And then you see if that eating, uh, hamburger is actually, you turn it into an hour instead of 30 minutes. And you’re like, okay, we enjoy each other’s company. Like how do you, how do you like test the w because if you can’t right. My thought is, is like, if I would’ve told my wi like I worked so closely with my wife, if I would’ve told, I don’t wanna make it like her feel bad if she’s not interested. Right. It still took me fucking five years. Yeah. But, um, uh, who pulls? Who’s great question. Who pulls, whose hair? If a fabulous question. We’ll, we’ll work our way up to getting that answered. Um, how, how do you make, how do you make the first, uh, gesture?

Justin Medeiros (07:49):

Well, I mean, I don’t know about the first gesture, anything like that, but I, I lived in, um, Vancouver with two of like my best friends. Fun and Megan

Sevan Matossian (08:01):

Vancouver, Washington,

Justin Medeiros (08:03):


Sevan Matossian (08:04):


Justin Medeiros (08:04):

Yeah. Lived there with them, trying to save money, you know, like didn’t wanna get my own place or anything like that. And then LA came into town and they opened, they, they have a awesome house and they said like, oh yeah, she can stay here. Like while she’s here for a week. And then it turned into three months and they still let her stay. So like we spent 24, 7 with each other cuz she didn’t have a car. And then she was staying at the same place that I was. And we went to the gym all day together. So like we are around each other a lot. So like you kind of just like, we just felt all felt super comfortable around each other. And then it kind of just like organically happened. I don’t know if it was a first gesture or anything like that, but three months. Have

Sevan Matossian (08:46):

You ever dated a, have you ever dated a girl who does CrossFit?

Justin Medeiros (08:50):

No. I mean, yeah. I mean I’ve had girlfriends try it in the past, but no.

Sevan Matossian (08:56):

And um, is, is it, do, do you like the, that connection?

Justin Medeiros (09:00):

Yeah. I mean, I, it’s something that I’ve always wanted, like to kind of share. I, I didn’t think that I would date someone that like, I didn’t have any desire to date someone that was trying to compete at the level that I was. I thought that there’s a lot of room for a disaster there. You know, like what if you go to the games and one person has a really good games weekend. The other person doesn’t like, how’s that gonna affect? And that was something that we’re super conscious with. Like during this year’s games, you know, and yeah, I was definitely not a problem. There’s a lot of things that I think I was worried about for really no reason, you know,

Sevan Matossian (09:32):

You’re, you’re a bit of, and I’m open to being wrong, but you’re a bit of a country bumpkin didn’t go to the mall. The first time you ever went to the mall was when you were 12, your mom said, um, is, is where is she from in Australia? Is she from, is she country girl too?

Justin Medeiros (09:50):

Uh, yeah, she’s from south Australia. She, I mean, she like grew up, um, like away from the city and stuff like that. So, and she grew up with three brothers, so,

Sevan Matossian (10:00):

Ah, that’s awesome.

Justin Medeiros (10:04):

Yeah, she, she, she, she can take it <laugh>, which is awesome.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

Uh, when she, when you’re at the games and she does well, do you experience the highs and then vice versa when you’re at the games and she doesn’t do well, did you, do you experience the low’s or do you have to have some sort of wall?

Justin Medeiros (10:20):

Yeah. Um, honestly we, we stayed like pretty separate, you know, I mean, obviously there was times where I got, I caught a couple glimpses of like her events and stuff. And at the end of the day we do like event debriefs, like day debriefs of how the day went and, um, kind of given the highlights. But, uh, after we definitely went back and like watched all the events, but the main purpose was like, Hey, I don’t wanna like ride her lows. And I don’t want her to ride my lows either. You know, so right. Really we were both, and it’s not that we had to like fight or anything like that. Adam and Jessie kind of like had that all under control.

Sevan Matossian (10:55):

Um, she she’s a bit of a, uh, freaking nature. I mean the, the sky’s the limit for her, right? Yeah,

Justin Medeiros (11:01):

Dude, she has like, like there was no doubt in my mind she was gonna go to the games and like win events

Sevan Matossian (11:07):

Really, even out of Australia. I mean, fuck dude, that’s semifinal was sta so hard dude

Justin Medeiros (11:13):

That there was no doubt that she was capable of it. And I just don’t think she like realizes that she’s like that capable, you know, like she was so timid on all the events during touring, you know, that she was like scared of like, or she, like, she was scared of like, not trusting her fitness, you know, cuz she’s gotten so much fitter in the past three or four months. So I think it’s, uh, going to the games and getting an event win for her is just like a huge confidence boost.

Sevan Matossian (11:38):

Yeah. I mean,

Justin Medeiros (11:39):

It’s not anything that like is surprising to like me or Adam or Jess or anything like that. Cause I mean, I I’m relatively new, but I’ve done CrossFit for a long time. And like there are some workouts that we do where I just can’t touch her. You know,

Sevan Matossian (11:53):

The, uh, I mean obviously the one where she was doing the dumbbell snatches was nuts. Absolutely. Absolutely nuts. Everyone was like, they couldn’t even like fathom what you’re seeing. Say it again.

Justin Medeiros (12:05):

It is insane, man. The, her wall ball speed, like her like squat, like I think we did, like, there was like a, a test of like, if you can do 60 jumping air squats with a barbell. So I guess it’s not air squats, uh, just like a empty barbell in 60 seconds. Like that’s like pretty insane, you know? Like you have a pretty good cycle. Right. And she got 67.

Sevan Matossian (12:29):

Yeah. It’s crazy. Yeah. And she, and she runs great too. She doesn’t look like she’s made to run and she’s an insane runner.

Justin Medeiros (12:36):

She grew up running like doing like long distance running with her dad and stuff like it’s uh, yeah, dude, she she’s a freaking nature. She’s just, I think she just missed a lot of like the skill portion of CrossFit. Like she can, she can do all the grunt work and push hards. Now it’s just kind of like dialing all that. I mean last year I know she hates talking about it, but like she, at the handstand event last year, she stood and stared at the handstand obstacle, like, and never made it over the first one, like at last year’s games. And then coming into this year, she gets top 20 in the handstand walk event. Like that’s a huge improvement, you know, crazy,

Sevan Matossian (13:12):


Justin Medeiros (13:13):

So like there’s so many things like that where this year’s games was like a huge improvement from last year. Even though it didn’t like show it as much as she wanted to on the leaderboard.

Sevan Matossian (13:23):

Justin let’s say you’re um, imaginary situation. You you’re working out, she’s working out in the gym and then you, you go, you’re done, you know, you’re doing it on separate training. You, you go sit down, you’re drinking your protein or you’re checking your phone or something or switching your shoes and you see something that she’s doing from the corner of your eye. Will you yell at her? Will you be like, Hey, get the fuck up on the bar. What are you doing? Or would, oh yeah. Yeah. You, you, yeah. Awesome. God, I love it. So she do pay, you guys do give each other energy in training

Justin Medeiros (13:53):

100%. I think it’s like a, a big push and like a lot of things is, is that some of my strengths or her weaknesses and then vice versa, you know? So like if I can like keep up with her in like certain workouts, like I know that I’m like finally at par, like with like some of my machine work, some of my barbell cycling, you know, cuz like she’s on a next level on those things. And then yeah, we, we play so many games in training. Like we, we like before we do a workout, we have to, we guess our own time for the workout and then whoever’s farthest off like has a punishment, you know? Oh, oh

Sevan Matossian (14:24):


Justin Medeiros (14:24):

Dope. And we’re all super competitive. So it’s not like, you’re gonna be like, oh I’m gonna finish early. So I’m just gonna slow down at the end. Like that just doesn’t happen. You know? So it’s like, she’s always like, yeah, like I picked the work on like, yeah, I’ll finish it in like 8 22, like that’s my guess. And then she picks 12 minutes and then she finishes it in 7 45. Like she’s

Sevan Matossian (14:43):

Just, but she gets punished for doing good.

Justin Medeiros (14:45):

Yeah. Pretty much she’s learning. It helps her kind of like figure out like what she’s actually capable of. Think about the workouts, but it’s definitely a fun game.

Sevan Matossian (14:55):

Um, who’s the guy, um, there was a picture and there’s a guy that I don’t recognize. And it says team is that, um, is that Daniel Robbins?

Justin Medeiros (15:04):

Probably you

Sevan Matossian (15:04):

It’s you and Adam and her, the four of you that and oh that okay. Jesse who’s that guy

Justin Medeiros (15:11):

That that’s Jesse. So we, um, brought him onto the team in, it was right after the 2020 games cuz my strict press sucked and he uh, owns a gym called Squamish barbell and Squamish Canada, which is like an hour north of Vancouver, Canada. And yeah, he’s been on the team ever since then we do three, two hour sessions a week. He FaceTimes in with me the whole time and is there like 24 7 for like all those events. And he’s just like been a huge, crucial part of the team. And ever since then, he’s just like, like him and Adam are kind of like the lead, like people and it’s like, he, he it’s been next level kind of having him on the team. Ellie’s actually, she has to leave the states by the first. And so she’s going to Canada cuz she has to go anywhere. But the states cuz her Visa’s expiring. So she’s gonna go up to Canada with him for a while and tells her she’s applying for a three year visa. Hopefully that gets approved in like a month or so.

Sevan Matossian (16:15):

Does that freak you out a little bit? That she’s gonna go up there and something’s gonna happen? She can’t come back.

Justin Medeiros (16:20):

No, I, I mean, I there’s, I feel like the state, like there’s so many people here, like I think she’s gonna get back in. No problem. I think maybe it gets delayed a little bit, but I think won’t be a problem. She’s super worried about it.

Sevan Matossian (16:35):

Uh, the champ class act right here, $10 to support the continuation of the mullet. Um, Jeremy, um, are, are you, um, did, did you show up different this year to the games? Did you show up bigger and thicker?

Justin Medeiros (16:52):

Yeah, I mean, I, I definitely think so. I mean I think, um, like my upper body like pressing is and stuff is something that I’ve like struggled with in the past and that’s something that we definitely put a lot of work into and I think, yeah, I think I, I was definitely a little bit bigger than last year. I definitely have made a big jump from 2020 to, to 2021. And then still like a, a good size one, I think from last year to this year, like was,

Sevan Matossian (17:16):

Is it a weight difference or body composition difference?

Justin Medeiros (17:20):

Um, a little bit of both. I think I, I was, I was heavier this year than I was last year. Not like super significantly, but like couple pounds.

Sevan Matossian (17:28):

Um, when we had talked about how Hiller did that, um, uh Naty or not on you, right? Yeah. And, and I, I, I guess I didn’t think about it at the time, but it was inevitable that may, I feel like now the reason why he did that was to test the waters. I should actually ask him to see how the community would react. Right. And he’d a safe one first when he did the one on Tia, did you have an opinion on that? Did you, did you hear about that? He basically accused. He said that he, I dunno if accused Tia, but he said that he thinks Tia’s on drugs. Does that piss you off a little bit? That he did that?

Justin Medeiros (18:01):

Yeah. I mean, I, I think if, if, if anybody knows anything, like yeah, for sure come forward if you know, but like making accusa accusations towards like something that you don’t know for a fact, you know, I think it’s, uh, definitely pretty hard, especially with like a lot of girls been CrossFit. I think they get it a little bit harder than guys, you know, because like, like I’m by no means like a, like a physical specimen, you know, like you walk into a global gym and there’s 10 guys that are like, look more fit than me, you know? Yeah. But girls been CrossFit that’s, that’s not the case, you know? And I think a lot of people can’t wrap their heads around what like hard work does to like anybody who wants to put the effort in. So like about some of the girls I think is a, a little tough position. Um, as I, and that’s kind of like how Ellie said she felt about it too, but it’s like, it’s definitely hard cuz like she gets it way worse than I do. I mean I’m I, by no means like, like I said, a physical specimen, I don’t think I have too many people that accuse me of taking steroids.

Sevan Matossian (19:03):

It it’s it’s yeah, it is. Um, it, it, if it frustrates me too, here’s the reason why she makes a living doing that.

Justin Medeiros (19:11):


Sevan Matossian (19:11):

<affirmative> she makes a living doing it. Right. Um, and since there is no proof, since you don’t see a needle dangling out of her since you don’t see, I mean, he, he’s going off of speculation on her muscle growth. It’s just, it’s hard for me to, uh, it just seems too, too much, too heavy. I need to really, I need to see real proof. I need to be like, Hey, I, I did drugs with her before I accuse her publicly.

Justin Medeiros (19:39):

Yeah. And, and I watched that video too. And like I wrestled for a long time, you know? And like I worked really, really hard, but like my nutrition was garbage. I just wasn’t eating and pushing myself to the limits just so I could stay light, you know? And then after wrestling, I kind of like dialed in like my nutrition and I put on 15 pounds, like quick, you know, just by like better nutrition and training better. I remember making, I put on another like 10 pounds, like after working with Jesse, you know, like it took like almost two years, but like I’ve done it, you know? And it’s like, dang, like I, I know what, like a diet change can do to someone if they’re shooting far off, you know, like you can do a diet change and make a pretty crazy like appearance, you know, like on how you come off. So, and, and we’ll see, but yeah,

Sevan Matossian (20:27):

Justin looking forward to watching you have long successful career give and give some on crap for not knowing what you, that you work with a strength coach, which is why you killed the sandbag ladder. We’ll get to that one second. Um, he didn’t accuse her. Oh, <laugh> um, uh, so after you did the, your lifts on the sandbag were crazy, consistent, at least from, from the layman’s eye that I have like obvious that you had a protocol of what to do and you followed it every time and you killed it. Like you’re, every lift looked exactly the same. Right. Um, and uh, then later on, someone sent me a video, I think, from your Instagram from a couple years ago where it shows you training with, um, stones mm-hmm <affirmative> did you, how are you so proficient in the bag? I’m guessing you did train. You had trained that. No. Oh, Hey, sorry. Michael, eat a Dick. Here we go. <laugh> you, you had not, you had not trained those.

Justin Medeiros (21:32):

No, I mean, I’ve done. I did like the, the stones in high school

Sevan Matossian (21:36):


Justin Medeiros (21:36):

<affirmative> I did that. And then I went up and trained with, uh, my coach, Jesse in Canada. And we touched on ’em again. Um, we weren’t sure what we were gonna see and like we’ve

Sevan Matossian (21:46):

Done, but never bags, but never bags.

Justin Medeiros (21:48):

No, we’ve done heavy sandbag stuff, but always carries, you know, and like, like, and obviously I’m, I’m doing it long ways if I’m doing carries, you know, and stuff like that. But, uh, I don’t think anybody in the field touched over a 250 pound sandbag before, like Jims just don’t have those, you know, like, why

Sevan Matossian (22:04):

Did you do it hotdog ways instead of the way everyone else was doing it, like the way Danny Spiegel was doing it and, and do it like vertical and, and pop it up.

Justin Medeiros (22:11):

Yeah. I mean, look, looking back at that event, I’m really curious what would’ve happened. If I did it the other way. I mean, with my wrestling background, I think I still could have handled the sandbag pretty well, um, doing it the long way, but I honestly just Googled it <laugh> I

Sevan Matossian (22:26):

Googled. Oh really? Like while you were in the back.

Justin Medeiros (22:30):

Oh, we actually had probably about like two hours before we had to go once they announced it. So I just YouTubed a bunch of stuff. And most of the people that were lifting it heavy did it that way. So then we went in the back, like, obviously we’re still gonna try it, you know? And I think everyone kind of had the same idea, like, Hey, we’re just gonna test it out. And there was a 260 pound bag and a 300 pound bag. And like, everyone was like pretty struggling with the two 60 and like, don’t get me wrong. I was too, like, it felt heavy. And like, I think a lot of people are pretty nervous to that event. And there was a 300 pound bag that I saw a bunch of people fail. And I was like, you know what? Like F it, I’m just gonna give it a shot. And I got it doing it that way. And I saw so many people fail and I was like, well, like, this is a way to do it, you know, and then committed to it. And then it was definitely wrong. I thought, by the time we got the 300 pound bag out there, we’d be less than 10 people. And we had like 30 something people out there at the 300 pound bag. It was crazy. It’s crazy what adrenaline can do, you know? Like we just like walk in and commit it’s uh, it’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (23:27):

And you’re wow, dude, you are doing it. I don’t know if you’ve gone back and looked at it, but you’re doing it like a pro you look like someone who’s done it a thousand times. Every time you do it, you grab it sideways. You pull it up onto your lap. You do that. Spin move, you get it to your shoulder. You seriously look like you had cheated like, oh, Adrian told him a year, year ago. It’s crazy.

Justin Medeiros (23:46):

<laugh> yeah, no, I, I was, I was definitely really happy with the event. I mean, uh,

Sevan Matossian (23:50):

So you’re a bonafide athlete. You went to Google, you fucking looked at this thing two hours before it went in there. The blueprint of, of, uh, the, the, I guess the muscle recruitment pattern, the movements you were gonna do and you just executed on it.

Justin Medeiros (24:03):

Yeah. I mean, I think, I think just like committing to like, Hey, like, this is what we’re gonna do, like, and wait, looking back, like, obviously it was definitely like pretty hard to like go out there and see all the, all the athletes kind of do it a different way. Obviously. I think there was probably a couple people that did it my way too, but, um, yeah, man, it was, uh, yeah, just like fully committed, cuz like once you’re out there, like you can’t really change your game plan, like on something like that, like I warmed up that way. It’s gonna be kind of hard to switch it up, like mid lift, you know?

Sevan Matossian (24:31):

Um, how much did you talk to, uh, Ricky during the entire week? The reason why I ask is it looked really in that particular event, it looked really tense between you two, but, but in a good way, like you guys were like, like a fight, like you were taking turns, punching each other.

Justin Medeiros (24:48):

Yeah. I

Sevan Matossian (24:49):

Mean, and you guys, and he sat separate from you and you guys didn’t even make eye contact when you passed each other and it was fucking gnarly.

Justin Medeiros (24:56):

Yeah. I mean, it’s, uh, I mean for one, like, like he was the guy in the lead, you know, like we, uh, like I, I think every competitor should of that mindset is like, he has what we want, you know, like, like he’s the guy that we’re shooting for. That’s where we all want to be. And he had that, you know? And, uh, I think that was definitely part of it, but like, I think it’s pretty ill to think that like everyone knows what happened with him. And I think there’s a lot of people have strong opinions on it and especially in the heat of competition, like those emotions run strong, you know? And I think that’s why I kind of stayed away making any comments or anything about it cuz in the heat of competition, I mean like there’s a lot of emotions going on.

Justin Medeiros (25:34):

I don’t wanna be defined by my emotions during competition, but uh, yeah man, it was, uh, it was a definitely like there was definitely tension there, like throughout the whole weekend. I mean he, he, he was re respectful, like never did, never said anything bad in the back about me or, or anybody else that I heard about. But um, just that you think about like, like no one wants steroids or perform enhancing in drugs, like in the sport, you know, like I, I, I don’t think anybody at the cross, the games is taken it and I will stay true to that. And I, and I always felt like I could be able to tell, you know, like if someone’s taking steroids, if like I would just like have that sixth sense. And I remember watching the 2017 documentary and him like saying to the camera, like, Hey, like I couldn’t look my dad in the eyes and tell him that I cheated.

Justin Medeiros (26:22):

I’m like, dude, that hits home. Like there’s no way I could. And then it comes out and it’s like, oh my God. Like, I didn’t think that he would be a guy that could do that. Like after saying that. So like for me, like it’s a, that was like a pretty hard like emotional check for me. But um, yeah. I mean, I mean, you never know if anybody’s taken it. It’s not anything I can think about or control, but uh, I, I like to think that like, no one’s taken it in the sport. There’s a lot of good people in CrossFit and I don’t think people are out there trying to like cheat their way to the top.

Sevan Matossian (26:52):

You, you could say he brought the best out of you.

Justin Medeiros (26:54):

Yeah. Dude, if, if, I

Sevan Matossian (26:56):

Mean like just two warriors out there, like you may have not lifted that the, the bag you lifted, if it wasn’t for Ricky, maybe. Well,

Justin Medeiros (27:01):

100%. I mean, well, I’ve, I’ve thought about that a lot. Him and Roman. I mean, you, you look back, I mean, it’s, it doesn’t really matter. You gotta compete with the people that are there, but like a lot of people that were at the games from last year, like I had a good point spread over everybody I competed against before and with Roman and Ricky there, I mean, it, it, I had to work for everything I have. I mean, we kind of separated ourself from the rest of the field and man, like every event, like we had to die for points. I mean, at one point Ricky had a hundred point lead over me, you know? So it was, uh, wow. It was about

Sevan Matossian (27:34):

That’s crazy. I didn’t know that what day was that? After day one?

Justin Medeiros (27:38):

I think it was after the capital.

Sevan Matossian (27:42):

I think I read in a post, you made that, that sandbag event and, and some people that, um, I, I think it was Jr Taylor. Some of the people that I was talking with while we were watching the events actually said this too. They said that they thought that that sandbag event was gonna just, that was the, one of all the events that went after the central nervous system of the athletes, because you guys were defying, what you guys even thought you could do. You guys went like three bags and you guys were just kept somehow getting yourself up to do another bag. And I was like, no, there’s no way it’s only a lift. It’s probably the capital event. But you actually say in a post, that was the one

Justin Medeiros (28:18):

That was the hardest. That was, I, I say like, it’s the most expensive event, like I think I’ve ever done.

Sevan Matossian (28:24):

Yeah. Explain that to me. What happens,

Justin Medeiros (28:27):

Dude? I, I don’t even, like, I can’t explain it. I mean, we’ve done so many different, like we’ve done Fran, you know, we’ve done echo on Fran and we, we know like going into that event, like we know we’re gonna be pretty messed up after, but like we know that feeling, you know, like we know what it feels like to sell your soul and the echo bike, or maxed out a heavy, like cleaning jerk or snatch or do something like, I don’t think any of us have had the experience of lifting a sandbag. It’s an awkward lift. There’s, uh, you’re kind of pulled out of position at times. And there’s an insane amount of time under tension, you know? And the last three or four bags. I mean, I think you can tell for everybody, I mean, it was all effort list and like you said, we’re all kind of surprising ourselves.

Justin Medeiros (29:09):

And I think it was, at least for me, I was kind of in shock. Cause I was like, my body’s never felt this before, you know? So like I was like, I’m scared to wake up tomorrow, you know? Like I don’t know what it’s gonna feel like, but I mean, to my surprise, like I woke up feeling great, like the next day, like comparatively, you know, comparative how I felt after the event to how I woke up the next day, I was like, oh shoot. Like, okay, like, I’m good. Get given obviously after the weekend. I mean, you feel a lot of aches and pains. My back took a while to kind of recuperate from the sandbag.

Sevan Matossian (29:44):

Um, the, those are the, and that, I think you summed it up with those two statements time under tension. Yeah. And there’s a video that Andrew just put out. That’s pretty cool. That shows that he shows, um, a video. I think it’s side by side of you, maybe it’s you or it’s Rick. I can’t remember.

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