#645 – Jack Farlow

Jack Farlow (00:00):

How are you?

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam. We’re live. I’m stoked to, to meet you, man.

Jack Farlow (00:04):

It’s gonna be good.

Sevan Matossian (00:06):

Uh, Jack, have, have you ever seen this show before?

Jack Farlow (00:09):

Uh, many times.

Sevan Matossian (00:11):

Oh, okay. Cool. It’s funny in 600 shows, I’ve never asked anyone that for some reason I thought I should ask you that to modulate how hard I should go. Hey, um, I’m ready. <laugh>, are you on a, Are you, Oh, Caleb, could you change his name to his Instagram account? Thanks, dude. Um, J Jack, uh, are you on a computer?

Jack Farlow (00:33):


Sevan Matossian (00:36):

I saw this this morning. I just don’t even get it. Um, Caleb, one more thing. Could you look up, uh, Los Sierra High School? I think it’s in Los Angeles. And find out if it’s a public school. Look at this. Jack. I’m sure you’ve seen this, this, this has been making, its its way around the internet now for, uh, forever. But, um, for some reason this morning when I was having you on, I thought, Oh, this is Jack. This is 1962 in California. Have you seen this?

Speaker 3 (01:11):

A graham that assures every student of physical excellence exercise on the grip swing. Athletic extension pushups are among the toughest of the drills as an incentive to excel. The color of the shorts the boys wear is determined by their ratings on performance charts.

Sevan Matossian (01:33):

So they wear different color shorts depending on like how good you are.

Speaker 3 (01:36):

<laugh> some,

Sevan Matossian (01:38):

If you see one dude who doesn’t look good,

Speaker 3 (01:41):

Alad who has mastered the peg board will find a military obstacle course snap 200 schools across the country. Right. Haven’t up in Las

Jack Farlow (01:49):

Crazy. I know my dad used to tell me they would play shirts versus skins, uh, in gym class and no way that was gonna fly. I even went to an all boys school in no chance. That’s happening. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (02:01):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I was born in 72. I was born 10. I was born 10 years after this was made. And, and we used to do that too. Daily suck for no exercise. I was a fat kid. I mean, I wasn’t fat, but I didn’t like my body. That’s for sure.

Speaker 3 (02:16):

On a hot day, they went down the wrestling mats for sliding. The boys at Glass Era are learning that it’s not only good sense stand la pr

Sevan Matossian (02:24):

You think those kids, you think anyone? It’s just nut. Caleb is that is um, is that a public high school?

Jack Farlow (02:31):

Yeah, it’s a public school.

Sevan Matossian (02:33):

<laugh> fucking

Speaker 3 (02:33):


Sevan Matossian (02:36):

Jack, you’re in Canada, right?

Jack Farlow (02:38):


Sevan Matossian (02:39):

Uh, sometimes I’ll go to the skate park and they’ll be like a, during the middle of the day and they’ll be like seventh and eighth graders there, you know, like just a, a field trip or something. Or I’ll be somewhere out with my kids during the day. The kids today look nothing like that.

Jack Farlow (02:54):

That’s true. Yeah. I remember in hockey every year, uh, like every year that would go by. Like you’d look at the, the team coming up behind you and you’d think, No way. We were that small and that slow and, and that like big too. There is some like

Sevan Matossian (03:09):


Jack Farlow (03:10):

Some, some chunkers. Absolutely. And, uh, and I think there’s some truth to that. It seemed like every year, like looking back at now, the new year coming into that team just wasn’t, uh, wasn’t quite the body that, that your team had. I don’t know if it was that that was just us mentally, but it seemed that way for sure.

Sevan Matossian (03:28):

I I, I think now if you, what’s crazy is, is like all those dudes have like little CrossFit bodies that we just saw.

Jack Farlow (03:36):

Yeah, pretty lean.

Sevan Matossian (03:39):

Yeah. The and, and Triceps bulging and, and those dudes were doing, those dudes were doing the Pegboards better than the CrossFit games athletes. Legless.

Jack Farlow (03:48):

That’s true. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (03:50):

Nuts. It is nuts. And I, I don’t see how a, a single one of those person would be worried about the flu or getting sick or, I I, you those guys weren’t worried about shit. I bet you they got chicken noodle soup and went to school. Nothing.

Jack Farlow (04:08):

Good old days. I guess

Sevan Matossian (04:10):

I, it, it, it really is. Um, when I started CrossFit, Greg said that like, the tsunami of chronic disease is coming because of our, because of our lifestyle choices. And man, we are in it. We are in it. You, um, you train at an affiliate, right?

Jack Farlow (04:28):

Yep. CrossFit psc.

Sevan Matossian (04:31):

CrossFit psc. And that’s Josh Woosley?

Jack Farlow (04:34):

Uh, no, he doesn’t own it. He doesn’t own it or actually coach there. Um, that’s, uh, Nick, Anna Polski and his wife Kate Anna Polski are the owners of that.

Sevan Matossian (04:46):

Uh, so, so so you don’t go there anymore, or

Jack Farlow (04:51):

No, I do. Uh, uh, just Josh, Josh coaches me and he’s not, uh, he doesn’t own that gym,

Sevan Matossian (04:58):

But is he there at the gym?

Jack Farlow (05:00):

Um, occasionally. Maybe once a week he’ll come in with us, but, uh, he actually lives like 35 minutes away, um, from that gym, and it’s pretty close to me. So he is a wife and kids at home and a full-time job. So it doesn’t really make sense for him to be coming in every, every day of the week. And we have such busy schedules too that, uh, like we could never make it work during the week.

Sevan Matossian (05:24):

Um, kind of explain to me if you could the scene, because in my head I, I have this like, um, image. Like, like, so what, I talked to Emma Carey last night and a couple days ago I talked to Danielle, Brandon and I just picture like, um, they have this area that they work out in and they go there and three or four other athletes show up and Matt Torres is there with like a whistle and a stopwatch, you know, and shorts that are too short. And that guy Dom is there, You know what I mean? That’s how I just, I just picture all these. Um, but but yours, who are the owners of it’s CrossFit, p i,

Jack Farlow (05:56):

Psc, psc Strength and Conditioning is what that kinda stands for.

Sevan Matossian (06:00):

Um, in what, in what city?

Jack Farlow (06:02):

Uh, that’s in Waterloo or maybe Kitchen or Ontario.

Sevan Matossian (06:05):

Okay. Ontario.

Jack Farlow (06:07):

Yeah. Um, and I, I think that is actually the way it is for most of these kind of training camps. Like when we went to spend a week, uh, or actually a couple days with the proven group, that’s exactly what they did. Like they just wait for the classes to basically leave and then everyone shows up at the same time. And like, yeah, there’s shame whistle in hand and like writing up on the whiteboard, but that’s definitely not how we, how we roll. Like, I mean, maybe that even is ideal. But, um, for us, Josh just does our programming. So like every morning on our phones we’ll just go in, see what we have for the day, and it’s basically up to us to find time to make that work. Like my school schedule’s different every day. Um, I also don’t have like a home gym that I can do stuff in.


So, uh, I, I work at my schedule. Um, Emma does hers, like she’ll do some of her working out at her own house and then maybe coming to the real gym in the afternoon. Um, the only kinda scene that you’ll see that’s kind of like that proven or, or the BRT camp like you were talking about is maybe once a week on a Saturday or Sunday. Sometimes both, uh, we’ll plan like, okay, let’s meet at the gym at this time, and that’s a time when the classes are done. We have like the full gym to ourselves and, and then yeah, Josh will get writing on the whiteboard and, and we’ll kinda tackle, tackle those workouts. But for the most part it’s, uh, we kinda steer our own ship a little bit.

Sevan Matossian (07:29):

Caleb, could you pull up a map? And when you say we, who’s, who’s the, who’s the crew under, uh, Josh,

Jack Farlow (07:37):

Uh, strictly me, Emma and, and Josh coaching us.

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

So he, the, his two athletes are you and Emma,

Jack Farlow (07:43):

Correct? Yeah. And I think, I think that’s the way we want to keep it like a, i I know for a fact that, uh, he could have more athletes if he wanted to, but, um, I think we’re, we’re all happy the way it is

Sevan Matossian (07:57):

Mine, he’s, he’s ours. Josh is ours. Okay, let me look at this. Okay, so I see, uh, I, I see New York and I see Detroit. It’s, it’s kind of dead center in between those two on the Canadian side of the border, a little north of Lake Erie. Um, I’ve heard of London, Ontario. Okay. And then, and then where, so that’s perfect. And then so that’s where you train. Where does, uh, Josh live?

Jack Farlow (08:24):

Uh, Emma and Josh both live in Cambridge, Ontario. That’s just a bit outside kinda kitchen water

Sevan Matossian (08:31):

Probably. Yeah. Yep. Okay.

Jack Farlow (08:33):

Um, so yeah, that’s like a half hour drive, uh, for them. I live, uh, like seven minutes from the gym.

Sevan Matossian (08:40):

In, in kind of in that town

Jack Farlow (08:43):

In, Yeah, I’m in like, they call it kw, Kitchener Waterloo.

Sevan Matossian (08:48):

And, uh, and, and when, so, uh, when you say Emma lives in Cambridge, she lives there with her parents?

Jack Farlow (08:55):


Sevan Matossian (08:56):

And then you live in your town with your parents,

Jack Farlow (08:58):


Sevan Matossian (08:58):

Yeah. And you’re born and raised there?

Jack Farlow (09:01):

No, uh, you see Mississauga there to the right just outside of Toronto. That’s where I, uh, lived all the way up until grade 12. And then I moved to, or my, my whole fam my parents moved to Waterloo, uh, because that’s where I was going to school, um, for university. So,

Sevan Matossian (09:20):

Oh, your parents moved there because you went to school there?

Jack Farlow (09:23):

Uh, a couple factors. I’m, I’m like the youngest kid and, um, some of my older siblings, uh, who also went to Waterloo for university had kind of moved back there with their kids. So for my parents being close to grandchildren and, uh, and it works out super well for me too. So, um, I dunno. Best of both worlds kinda.

Sevan Matossian (09:44):

Yeah. That’s cool. Uh, how, what, what, what’s your sibling status?

Jack Farlow (09:49):

Um, I’m the youngest of nine. I have five sisters. Three brothers.

Sevan Matossian (09:53):

Are you Mormon?

Jack Farlow (09:55):


Sevan Matossian (09:56):


Jack Farlow (09:57):


Sevan Matossian (09:57):

Yeah. No contraception in that house.

Caleb Beaver (10:00):


Sevan Matossian (10:01):

I did what it’s You think I should have gone Catholic first, Caleb?

Caleb Beaver (10:05):

No, no. I would’ve guessed Mormon too. Yeah, no offense.

Sevan Matossian (10:09):

Yeah. That’s awesome.

Jack Farlow (10:10):

We’re not, uh, we’re not overly like growing up. Um, Yes,

Sevan Matossian (10:14):

You are. Yes, you are. Nine maybe.

Jack Farlow (10:16):

We went to, we went to church maybe once a week when I was, uh, a kid, but, um, really like once I turned like 13, 14, it kind of just faded out.

Sevan Matossian (10:27):

Got it. I’d love to meet you.

Caleb Beaver (10:28):

All the kids don’t want to go anymore. And then everybody, the parents get fed up with this, They’re like, Screw it. We’re not going.

Sevan Matossian (10:34):

Those are all your real siblings tho like your mom and dad, Your mom, Two parents. Yeah. They all ma Those two made all those kids. And your mom birthed all those kids out?

Jack Farlow (10:43):


Sevan Matossian (10:44):

Yeah. Oh, she’s a warrior. Wasn’t it amazing? Hey, she, Caleb looked that up real quick. What, what per There’s gotta be, you know how like when you look at like, people who juggle balls, like, it’s like three balls of shitload of people can juggle. Then four, it drops a lot, then five, it’s like, and, and then finally you get to like 13 or 14 balls that someone can juggle and it’s like one person in the world can do it. You know what I mean? It’s like nine kids. Must be, uh, how old’s your oldest sibling?

Jack Farlow (11:16):

Uh, he is 23 years older than me. So 43?

Sevan Matossian (11:20):

Yeah. Okay. So about every, was she going about every two years?

Jack Farlow (11:25):

Yeah, there’s some the gap’s basically like two to two to four. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (11:30):

What a great life. Yeah. For those of us who loved kids, that’s the dream. I would’ve loved to have had a shot at nine kids.

Jack Farlow (11:38):

Yeah. Growing up it was always like jacked the kid with the big family. And then I went to high school and there was a kid who was like middle

Sevan Matossian (11:45):

Of like

Jack Farlow (11:46):

13 or 12. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (11:49):


Jack Farlow (11:50):

Immediately about me. Which is, which is fine.

Sevan Matossian (11:54):

Uh, what’s the, um, what’s the vehicle, what’s the family vehicle? What, what’s your mom and dad drive?

Jack Farlow (12:00):

Um, well,

Sevan Matossian (12:02):

With such a Porsche and a Miata <laugh>,

Jack Farlow (12:04):

Yeah. I would, I was such a big age gap. We ne like I never lived with my oldest couple siblings, so like, it’s not like we had nine kids in the house at all times. Like they were already gone. Um, no, we just had like a mini, usually like a minivan and then like a, like a smaller car for my dad to go to work in.

Sevan Matossian (12:22):

A lot of illegal driving like two kids to a seat and people sitting places the city.

Jack Farlow (12:27):

Oh, absolutely. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. I,

Sevan Matossian (12:29):

I already do that shit and I only have three kids. It’s just, you gotta get the tennis bag in there and some other shit, and then three kids are wearing, sitting in one seat. Yeah. In one seatbelt. Um, that’s gotta really shape you.

Jack Farlow (12:43):

Yeah. Um, yeah, and I think it, it kind of plays a different factor on every kid in my family. Like the oldest, uh, has been shaped differently than me as the youngest. Uh, I feel like, um, I don’t know if just because like what I’m into, like it’s easy to get behind me because I am like doing these competitive sports all my life and whatnot. But I definitely feel like being the youngest kind of my whole family is like rallied behind me maybe more than more than anyone else. Um, but yeah, just like the, the constant support. It seems like it sometimes I have like, like 10, 10 parents, like someone I can go to basically for anything. And then obviously my two parents are great as well, but, uh, yeah, like having older siblings especially is, is crazy nice.

Sevan Matossian (13:27):

Yeah, that’s, I I love hearing you say that. Okay, so 14% of women have four or more children. Can you see how, what percentage Caleb have? Is there like a breakdown of it? It’s gotta be getting into the 1% of 1% they stop at, they stop at four.

Jack Farlow (13:46):

Yeah. That’s a lot.

Sevan Matossian (13:50):

Yeah. I guess the p I guess I know a handful of people who have four and it’s always like, they’re, they’re the ones who have a lot. Yeah, that’s amazing. You So I, I have this rule of people, if they call me, I answer no matter what. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So like my, and it’s just, it’s really just my wife, my mom, and my sister. Like no matter what, like even if I, if I see the phone ring, I’ll, I’ll answer and just be like, Hey, I can’t talk and hang, but, but I, but I always So is do they all get that all, all nine, 10? You have, you would have like 11 people on that. Well, and I guess Emma, you, you would have Yeah. Nine, 10. You have 12 people on that list.

Jack Farlow (14:34):

<laugh>. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (14:34):


Jack Farlow (14:36):

It’s pretty nuts really, uh, for having such big family. Like, I feel like it’d be easy for like certain people to drift apart and obviously some people are like closer with others than some other people are, but, uh, like the things my siblings will do for other siblings is nuts. Like, my brother-in-law, one of my brother-in-laws when he came into the family was like, I remember him saying something like, this is like crazy. Like the extent people will go to, to do things for other people. Um, and I like, yeah, so like, it’s, it’s, I’ve never once thought like, man, this sucks to have so many people here. Like it’s only ever been a positive. So, um, yeah. And all my siblings are are great for their unreason too, so it’s pretty awesome.

Sevan Matossian (15:17):

Things start getting weird to scale. Like even with three kids, like if I wanna buy one of my kids a scooter and it’s 150 bucks, all of a sudden it’s, it’s 450 bucks. Or like, let’s say you wanted to get one of your kids a phone all and a phone’s 1200 bucks, a new iPhone all of a sudden for your parents. It’s like, it’s it’s like the cost of a car.

Jack Farlow (15:37):


Sevan Matossian (15:38):

Yeah. And like a gallon of milk’s. Not even a gallon of milk’s. Like, not even enough like for today

Jack Farlow (15:44):

<laugh>. Yeah. It’s crazy. My mom was like a super frugal shopper. Like she, she had to be at, at one point. So, um, yeah, she, she definitely made it work. And then I’ve also just had certain things that my older siblings just didn’t get. Like, like when my older, older brothers were like playing hockey, like there’s no chance my dad can watch the game. Like we have six kids at home who all need them, but like, my dad would drive me to my games, watch my games just cuz he had more time. So, um, yeah, I definitely, um, kinda have, there’s some benefits to being the youngest for sure.

Sevan Matossian (16:20):

Look at, look at, uh, Bailey Walker. 14. Wow. Holy shit. Yeah. Um, another thing is, is each kid I think gets a little more what I call benign neglect. Hmm. And by that it, it’s not bad neglect, but you’re super worried about your first kid. You think he’s gonna hurt himself, putting on his socks and then, and then, and then your, your last kid, he’s like playing with the lawnmower and you’re like, Yeah, it’s fine.

Jack Farlow (16:48):

Yeah. Uh, my mom always jokes that like potty training for me, she had just had enough. So she, she claims, I don’t know how she, the story is that she just put me on the, on the toilet and played this movie called Once Upon a Potty and said, Call me when you know what you’re doing. So I don’t know if

Sevan Matossian (17:04):

She’s anything. I believe it. Yeah, I believe it. You’re just like, you don’t even know. I mean, my, my first kid, I know all of his firsts. My second and third kid, I don’t like when they walk any of that shit. I didn’t pay any like whatever. Like, you better just get in where you fit in. They probably, Yeah. That’s amazing. But in the trade off for that is, you’re right, you, your dad did have your parents have way more time for you right? Because the others are flying out of the nest.

Jack Farlow (17:29):

Yeah. Yeah. Even now they can like, fly to competitions and stuff to come watch me or travel to competitions. So, um, even just financially, like I, they’re have significantly more stable now than, than they were when they were like 22 with a couple kids. So, um, yeah,

Sevan Matossian (17:46):

22. How old are your mom, Mom and dad?

Jack Farlow (17:50):

Uh, I think my, so there’s the same age gap between me and my oldest brother as my oldest brother and my dad. So, um, I guess that puts my dad at like 65, 66 now.

Sevan Matossian (18:02):

Oh man. He’s still so young. Holy cow. Wow. Um, do and and, and you have all their numbers in your cell phone and Yeah. Is there, is there a family text thread with everyone?

Jack Farlow (18:13):

Um, not a text thread. We have a Facebook group that’s like very, very active. Just like, it’s mostly like things like the my nieces and nephews, so my parents’ grandchildren are doing. But like any big event, like just sharing it on, on there, like, and people are definitely active on that. It’s pretty cool

Sevan Matossian (18:33):

After the show start a text thread just to fuck with them. You guys need a text thread?

Jack Farlow (18:38):

Yeah. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (18:40):

<laugh>, are you guys all in Canada?

Jack Farlow (18:43):

Um, currently, yes. I think, um, one of my, my sister and brother-in-law used to live in Seattle. Another sister used to live in Cal, California. So they’ve, they’ve gone out a little bit, but now they’re kind of all moved back to Waterloo.

Sevan Matossian (18:59):

Uh, Seattle and California are pretty much Canada. Yeah. We’ve adopted your policies.

Jack Farlow (19:04):


Sevan Matossian (19:05):

Uh, how, how, how about the, um, the whole, the, the, the, the way, I dunno if it’s politics, but how about the last two years of just all the divisive subjects that have risen to the top. How is your, yeah. How has your family navigated that? Has everyone stayed, stayed friends through all that?

Jack Farlow (19:24):

Um, yeah. Yeah, we’ve stayed friends. I think they were definitely like, some, some different ways of thinking in my family. Yeah, absolutely. Um, so, so yeah, like it can get a bit dicey at times. Uh, but I think sometimes we just kind of have a, a code just like whatever, if it, if someone’s gonna get all up in arms about something, um, just, just don’t bring it up I guess. But, uh, yeah, no, no friendships or, or love loss. But there’ve definitely been some kinda raised voices and such at, at family gatherings.

Sevan Matossian (20:02):

Um, my dad doesn’t want to talk to me about certain subjects too. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, I don’t, I don’t think that’s the way to go.

Jack Farlow (20:11):

Yeah. I think for me,

Sevan Matossian (20:13):

I like if I had kids, sorry, if I had kids, like I want, I want them to be able to talk to me about anything.

Jack Farlow (20:21):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. I, I feel that’s how I am with my parents. Uh, granted I think we think similarly on a lot of things, but, um, yeah, like I, I would never be afraid to, to challenge something they say and, and they would do the same to me. So, um, yeah. I don’t know. For me, for me, I agree and that’s the way it is, but, uh, I don’t know if if the viewpoints are just so extremely different then it’s, it’s obviously tougher. Not that it can’t be done, but

Sevan Matossian (20:52):

Right. Well, I’m, I’m glad, I’m glad it didn’t, uh, tear away. I’m glad for me too. It didn’t, it didn’t like, uh, separate the family. Um, grandchildren’s grandchildren will help a lot with that. I think that’s a lot of the reason why my parents are so patient with me is because, and my sister is because they love the shit out of their grandkids.

Jack Farlow (21:11):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>,

Sevan Matossian (21:13):

How many, um, nieces and nephews do you have?

Jack Farlow (21:18):

Uh, in total? Five

Sevan Matossian (21:24):

In with more company?

Jack Farlow (21:26):

Uh, um, none on the way just yet, but yeah, I’m, I’m sure.

Sevan Matossian (21:32):

And, and how many of the siblings are married?

Jack Farlow (21:35):

Um, there’s a lot to, to keep track of so far in my, my weight here. Um, I think take

Sevan Matossian (21:44):

Your time.

Jack Farlow (21:45):


Sevan Matossian (21:45):

Weird, long, silent pauses are, are trademark of this show

Jack Farlow (21:49):

Hallmark, I think six of six of nine are married or engaged.

Sevan Matossian (21:56):

Uh, do you see yourself getting married?

Jack Farlow (21:58):

Yeah, for

Sevan Matossian (21:59):

Sure. Kids.

Jack Farlow (22:01):


Sevan Matossian (22:01):

Yeah, man. And you and, and you’re a good kid.

Jack Farlow (22:07):

Uh, yeah, I’d like to think so. I think, I think, uh, growing up, like a lot of the stuff I did was to make my parents happy or proud of me and like in, in turn, that’s just made me happy. So like, whatever, doing well in school, doing well in whatever, uh, just being a good person basically, like was for them at the beginning, but like now I’m so glad that I have those type of things. So

Sevan Matossian (22:29):

Yeah. It’s, it’s, it’s in How old are you?

Jack Farlow (22:32):


Sevan Matossian (22:33):

2020. I, I was in that, um, I think probably like the first 23 years of my life, all I wanted to do was make my mom happy.

Jack Farlow (22:42):


Sevan Matossian (22:42):

<affirmative>. And I think that that was a good thing. And then probably like somewhere in my, from my 23 to probably 30, I, I started like, that’s when I went through my like, kind of like my rebellion. And that was good for me too. I needed to like turn my, I needed to like be like, okay, I’m doing fuck that. I’m doing what I wanna do. Yeah. But at the end of the day, when I look back, those first tw it’s, I think it is really important that kids wanna make their parents happy.

Jack Farlow (23:06):

Yeah. I think my, my rebellion phase is probably like the summer of 2020 and it was far from a rebellious phase, but I like bleached my hair and like Yeah. And that was, that was basically it for me just to, just to do something that’s kind of outta the ordinary. And yeah, my parents were like, Oh, that was stupid, but they didn’t care. So

Sevan Matossian (23:28):

Like, you don’t even tell ’em, you just went somewhere and you come home and you’re like, Here, take that.

Jack Farlow (23:31):

Exactly. Yeah. <laugh>. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (23:36):

Uh, any, any of the siblings do CrossFit?

Jack Farlow (23:40):

Yeah, they, uh, they’re the oness who got me into it. So my oldest sister, um, originally started working out at NorCal. Um, she has a good story of

Sevan Matossian (23:49):

At Kali’s

Jack Farlow (23:50):

Gym. Yeah. Yeah. Wow. She told me the story of, uh, one time she showed up to like a five 30 class or whatever, no one was there. So she called the number on the wall that was, um, if like, if the coach doesn’t show up, call this number. And it was Khalifa’s number apparently, and he was just cussing through the phone at the thought of his coach not showing up, which is

Sevan Matossian (24:11):

<laugh>. Yeah. Let me tell you, I’ve never heard Khalifa say a bad word. That guy is squared and shit. I’m gonna ask him when he comes on, but I believe it because he takes his business serious. Yeah.

Jack Farlow (24:23):

So yeah, that was my oldest sister, and so she got into it a little bit. Um, and like she still does a lot of fitness stuff. Um, she doesn’t like go to an affiliate anymore, but she then got my other sister and brother-in-law super into it. And they’re kind of the two that I, um, kind of looked up to the most growing up. Like, um, if, if I have two second parents, it’s them. So, uh, um, when they got into it, like I always wanted to be like my brother-in-law, like I, I love them so much. And then so when they got into it, uh, they kind of got me into it a a little bit too, so, um, and then, uh, it wasn’t really until later that I really started to go for it. But yeah, my siblings introduced me to CrossFit for sure.

Sevan Matossian (25:07):

Um, h how, how old’s your, uh, brother-in-law,

Jack Farlow (25:11):


Sevan Matossian (25:12):

Do you know? He’d

Jack Farlow (25:13):

Be 34

Sevan Matossian (25:16):

And, and, and, and so when your sister brought him around, you were like, Oh, this guy’s cool as shit.

Jack Farlow (25:21):

Yeah, so I’ve known, he’s like, he’s a sibling to me. Um, I’ve known he’s, I think he first probably met me when I was one, so he’s been around, um, since the dawn of time for me. Um, but yeah, growing up like, and he was like strong, uh, like we have a good picture of like us both flexing when I was probably like seven or eight, and I’m just a little twig and he has this big old arm beside me and I was probably so impressed. And, and now we still work out together and I can, like, I’m taller than him, I way more than him and I can out lift him now. And, and that’s, it’s just kind of crazy how that happened.

Sevan Matossian (25:55):

When you say your oldest sister is, is she the oldest sibling?

Jack Farlow (25:58):

No, I have a brother. He’s older.

Sevan Matossian (26:01):

And, and what is the makeup of the siblings? How many boys and how many girls?

Jack Farlow (26:05):

Uh, four boys, including me. Five girls.

Sevan Matossian (26:08):

Oh wow. Your parents got lucky. Yeah. What a great mix. Um, how, how do you find this guy, uh, Josh Wooley? Who, who is the, can you tell me about him? Who is he? How old is he?

Jack Farlow (26:23):

Uh, he’s probably mid thirties or maybe low thirties. Yeah. Uh, 32.

Sevan Matossian (26:29):

Um, is he ever a games athlete?

Jack Farlow (26:31):

No, he was definitely competitive back in his day, but like never regionals or, or games, uh, caliber. Um, so the way I, I was originally following just like, kind of those general programs, um, like whatever, like mayhem and, and deca comp back in the day. Um, and then I moved here to Waterloo, um, when I started, uh, university and I did the open that year, so that was 20, that was maybe even last year’s open, like not, not this la pa year that just past the year before that. And I was, I was not too pleased with how I did there. Um, just, yeah, I think I came like a, a thousandth worldwide, which isn’t bad, but like, I kind of thought I was gonna do better than that. Um, and I just thought like, man, I’m doing these like aot of training every day, but it’s not tailored to me.


And, um, like, I’m not attacking these weaknesses. And so Emma’s at this gym and she was coached by Josh and, um, and I would start, I started doing some workouts with her and, and then one day she kind of just said like, Hey, you should, uh, you should like see if, if Josh would be willing to coach you too. Um, and I think she had actually already talked to him at that point. And so I kind of called Josh one day and, um, he kind of said like, Yeah, I got, I’d be down to coach you. And he talked about kind of like what he saw in the future for me, and, and you could tell, like he had a lot of faith and confidence in me. Um, and so that was kind of reassuring to hear. And so yeah, it’s been almost two years now since I’ve started working with him.

Sevan Matossian (28:08):

What did he tell you? Oh, sorry. Sorry. I got it. Uh, uh, David shut it. Just shut it. This is my show. I’ll ask him as many times as I want about the, uh, sex of his siblings. Okay. Um, uh, what what did he tell you he saw in you?

Jack Farlow (28:25):

Well, um, so that was the first year that they had the kind of the quarter final, semi-final, um, hierarchy thing. So, uh, that was, this conversation would’ve been just after the open, before quarter finals. And I remember thinking

Sevan Matossian (28:40):

20 20, 21, 20 21.

Jack Farlow (28:43):

Uh, yes. Yeah. Okay. So like after the open of 2021. Um, and I remember after the open, having this conversation with my brother-in-law who he was never like, he never programmed for me, but, um, for all my comps, basically leading up to that point, he would come and be that like, coach figure, kind of like whatever, whatever you need, like food carrying or stuff. And, and he knows enough to like kind of gimme strategies and whatnot. But I remember talking to him thinking about this new, um, format that CrossFit just put out and saying, Yeah, I have no chance of making semifinals this year. Next year I’ll be fighting for a semifinal spot the year after that, hopefully be in the last or make semifinals, but be middle heat. And I laid at this like five year plan, maybe six year plan, and at the end of that would be to make the games.


So like six years away or five years away, whatever it was. But I thought, no chance I can make, um, the semi-finals this year. And so during this call with Josh, he, um, he, like he said, like he, he told me what I had, basically like what I was working with and it was significantly more than kind of, I, I valued myself for. And he said like, Yeah, like I even think this year, like, we can make a semifinal. Um, and I kind of thought he was crazy at first, but, uh, hearing him say that, just put this like a.

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