#746 WZA 2023 Team Prediction Show with Brian Friend & John Young

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam. Five year

Caleb Beaver (00:02):


Sevan Matossian (00:03):

What kinda cereal is that? John?


Hey, uh, thank you Mike Halpin for the, uh, beautiful spreadsheet this morning. Um, Brian was just raving to us about it. Thank you. Uh, it’ll be a, a nice improvement from yesterday’s show. Not that there was anything wrong with, uh, yesterday’s show. I do want to, uh, thank the, uh, sponsors, uh, California Hormones, if you’re interested in, uh, seeing how that works. Uh, Andrew Hiller at Hiller Fit has a series, it’s called Testosterone Tuesday. Go ahead and check it out and you can follow his, uh, journey with, uh, testosterone re replacement therapy. And then we have a bunch of people who come on the show regularly now, um, Kat Sheer, Gary Roberts, uh, uh, Philip Kelly, who, uh, will also be talking about, um, their journey and will be adding more to that, uh, story. So there’ll be people in in our community who you can talk to and ask about it. And there’s a bunch of other people in the comments. Um, if you look, uh, closely in the chat, you’ll see they are also, uh, have taken that journey and they can answer any questions for you. And then, of course, if you need to get wired every morning and you are addicted to caffeine, the place to go is Paper Street, coffee Code, word Seon for 15% off at least, I think. And, uh,


Hey, John, what, what time do you eat when you eat at night? What’s the last time you eat?

John Young (01:28):


Brian Friend (01:29):

Actually food falls asleep with a falls asleep with a protein bar in his mouth,

John Young (01:32):

Probably, probably like seven. And then, um,

Sevan Matossian (01:34):

When, what time do you go to, go ahead. Sorry.

John Young (01:37):

Last night, I, I will drink like a little Fairlife protein around like nine.

Sevan Matossian (01:42):

And, and Brian, what, what’s the last time you eat at night?

Brian Friend (01:46):

Mm. Probably within an hour of going to sleep. Maybe. I eat a lot of my calories, uh, after 6:00 PM

Sevan Matossian (01:53):

Uh, Caleb,

Caleb Beaver (01:55):

5:00 PM

Sevan Matossian (01:56):

And then what time do you go to bed?

Caleb Beaver (01:58):


Sevan Matossian (01:59):

You, wow. Wow. Have you lost weight since you’ve been over there?

Caleb Beaver (02:05):

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, but I’m definitely strong, strong musclely, I guess.

Sevan Matossian (02:10):

<laugh> body. Bo. So Bo your body composition has changed?

Caleb Beaver (02:13):

Yeah, I think so.

Sevan Matossian (02:14):

I was watching a Thomas Delore video, and he was giving, and you know, he’s just shredded, I mean, just crazy shredded. And he gave, like, these 15 pointers of things are 12 pointers of things he does. And I always, like, I have no problem sitting down at 9:00 PM at night and eating 2000 calories, like a bucket of cottage cheese, a chunk of chicken, and like two sweet potatoes. And so yesterday was the first time I didn’t eat after 6:00 PM and this far back as I could remember. And I woke up this morning and I’m already like a totally different person one day of not make

Caleb Beaver (02:45):

You hungry.

Sevan Matossian (02:46):

I, I was a little hungry when I went to bed, but what, whatever. I woke up and I wasn’t hungry. I think I’m gonna start doing that, just not stop eating after like six or seven.

Caleb Beaver (02:56):

I always wake up hungry.

Sevan Matossian (02:58):

Oh, you actually wake up hungry? Yeah. Wow.

Brian Friend (03:02):

I think in general, when it comes to nutrition, try it, try things out, but try things out for, uh, you know, a a couple weeks to a couple months at a time and see how you, you react one day. But I wanna see consistency over time, and not every, I don’t think everything’s gonna work the same for every person.

John Young (03:19):

Yeah, I agree. I don’t, I don’t eat breakfast ever. I am, I always do my first session, and then my first time I eat is like a 11. And then I will eat a lot, um, after 11

Sevan Matossian (03:30):

For, uh, can you, can you eat ass after 6:00 PM if you want? That’s

Brian Friend (03:34):

A terrible question. Any time of day, Philip, go for it.

Sevan Matossian (03:36):

If you want eye, if you want pink eye. I, um, oh shoot. I meant to tell you something off the air. Remind me to tell you. It’s, it’s, no, it’s no big deal, Brian. But I just wanted to tell you, uh, someone I reached out to, it was un un un untraditional. Oh, look, Jason Hopper commented on your Instagram account.

Brian Friend (03:57):

I know. It was so, it was so thorough and thoughtful.

Sevan Matossian (03:59):

I thought Jason Hopper was actually dead because he doesn’t re because he hasn’t re returned a text message in six months.

Brian Friend (04:07):

Yep. There it is. Wise words.

Sevan Matossian (04:11):

Uh, where did you put his? Oh, fifth. Oh, come on. That’s, come on, man. That’s not, come on. Hey, you know, I have Jay Crouch and D Pepper, the maybe two of the most difficult people I’ve ever interviewed. Uh, coming on back to back tomorrow. Please, please come on. But for

Brian Friend (04:28):

That one, you invited them both. And I’ll be, uh, flying in the air to Miami, so it’s gonna be difficult to make.

Sevan Matossian (04:33):

I really like both those guys though. A lot. A lot like dudes like you’d have date your sister. Uh, I’m looking through the comments. Uh, some guy named Andreas Cobart trainer. I will prove you wrong, Brian, friend.

John Young (04:50):

Hey, click on the replies on Hopper’s

Brian Friend (04:52):

Comment. Get me <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (04:54):

Oh, okay. Uh, Jason? Yes. Uh, Hyde replies, view replies. Uh, I got y’all. Oh, good. You’re a good dude, John

Brian Friend (05:06):

For that. For, for Andreas?

Sevan Matossian (05:08):

Yeah. Yeah. Basically Jason Hopper put, come on, dude. He didn’t like Brian putting them in fifth place. And then, uh, John Young says, I got y’all.

Brian Friend (05:17):

No, Jason Hopper. Better be careful, all of those. I’m gonna just spoil the ending of Harry Potter for <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (05:25):

He’s reading.

John Young (05:26):

It’s probably very difficult to not, um,

Brian Friend (05:29):

It’s amazing that he doesn’t know anything. It’s actually great to like, see him experiencing it for the first time. I would never do that. And, uh, Jason, just show me, man. Just show me

Sevan Matossian (05:40):

I can relate to not knowing anything, Jason. Okay. Uh, we are this Thursday and Friday at, uh, waap Polooza 2023. The individuals will take the field. If you wanna see our predictions, uh, go watch yesterday morning show. And then today is the, uh, most exciting of the shows, I believe, uh, and, and the most exciting event, uh, team event in the history of the CrossFit, you know, ecosystem, which

Brian Friend (06:08):

Will Yeah. Start a counter on that. How many times will we say that over the next five days?

Sevan Matossian (06:12):

Very exciting <laugh>. Uh, it will be, uh, Saturday and Sunday, and you’ll see the greatest cast of characters ever in, uh, CrossFit competition. Uh, take the field, take the floor at, uh, waap Polooza in Miami. Uh, we, you can get coverage at, uh, the Waap Polooza YouTube station. And anytime their feed is not live, you should come back over here because we will be live and we will have can, uh, cameras wandering around with the, uh, best access we’ve ever had to any, uh, event. Uh, hopefully it’ll be like Zelos level. And so you’ll be able to see the athletes talk to the athletes, uh, get insights. Uh, last year we were able to glean some pretty amazing, uh, stuff. If they do have a rain out, we will also sneak onto the venue like we did last year. And, uh, it’s gonna be a good

Brian Friend (06:57):

Time. Weather’s looking good though. Weather’s looking good.

Sevan Matossian (06:59):

That, that hurts. Always says that.

Brian Friend (07:01):


Sevan Matossian (07:03):

Okay. Uh, uh, Mr. Friend, uh, would you and Mr. Young, would you, uh, and that’s John Young over there with, uh, a tray shirt on like ashtray. Pray. Oh, pray, pray, pray and lift heavy. Pray and lift heavy. Um, praise. When you put your hands together and you put your, you look, uh, you glance your eyes up towards the heavens, you guys know what the rest of that stuff means. And then the OG shirt is, uh, Brian Friend from Bar Bend, and then our friend who is coming to the, uh, end of his equity experiment, uh, Caleb, uh, beaver Aunt, man, what the fuck is Ant Man? Uh, Savon. We need a normal, uh, interview on Brian. Friend. You, we, I think we got it scheduled, or, or we’re close to getting it scheduled. We are, we are going to, uh, dig deep into the mind of Brian Friend, hopefully in January or February. Find out what makes him, uh, tick. Okay. No one praised to the devil. What are you talking about? That’s, it’s like, that’s, no one does that. No one does that. Okay.

Brian Friend (08:06):

He meant maybe he meant to put press at the end. Pray to the devil press.

Sevan Matossian (08:10):

Oh, he probably did. I call it a Jesus swing. But

Brian Friend (08:14):

Hope these go up.

Sevan Matossian (08:15):

<laugh>. Oh, John Young is Ant man, isn’t Ant man. Um, uh, was played by, who’s the bald guy who saw energy drinks? Rod, like Antman, who does? Paul Rudd? Oh, I thought it was, um, the Rock. No. Uh, we, we have flooding in my town, but not at my house. It’s crazy over here. It’s pretty cool. All sorts of shit. Unless you own a small business, then you’re fucked. Uh, is there a, uh, deadline for substitutes? What if some, someone individual gets injured ahead of team comp? Uh, they still have time.

Brian Friend (08:46):

Guap Alza usually makes a lot of effort to be accommodating to the athletes in situations like that. I would expect them to do the same, obviously, when, when we’re doing these preview shows. Predictions, any kind of things along those lines for Waap, we’re aware of the fact that there can be changes to the roster pretty late in the game. So, um, not really a deadline necessarily there, if that’s the case, I think, I think based on waap poo’s history, that they’d be accommodating to try to find someone who can fill in if they still want to compete.

Sevan Matossian (09:17):

Yeah, very accommodating, right? It’s that it’s kind of, it’s, it’s a endearing part of this competition that they make sure that all

Brian Friend (09:24):

The athletes wanna compete. I mean, they do that to their own detriment. It’s, you know, when you’re planning an event that big, having roster changes, additions so that the, uh, the elite lineups late in the day is put stress on the competition, organizers, teams, planners, but they are prioritizing the athletes there, and that’s what they’ve always communicated that their intent is to do. So it’s very much in line with their nature.

Sevan Matossian (09:46):

Uh, yesterday, Kyle Landis, uh, yesterday we did get confirmation from two of the athletes on that team that they will be competing and that the team is, uh, Spencer Scott Panik and, uh, Jacob Hoeppner. So that’s pretty darn cool. That’ll be cool to see Jacob Hoeppner, uh, back on the floor. Uh, going back to what Brian was just saying, Brian, in yesterday’s show, uh, let us know that in 2018, the day before the individuals started, uh, catching David’s daughter entered the individual comp and won it. And I, I am expecting something similar to happen this year, since they’re $75,000 on the line. And, uh, not that the athletes in the women’s division aren’t great, but we can, uh, I think the, the two boys above me here can easily name off 10 people who could come in and win it and take that $75,000 home and get a new, uh, Toyota Sienna with a little pocket change to stay.

Brian Friend (10:43):

That’s it. Yeah, that’s the, that’s the car. All the athletes I’ve been talking about.

Sevan Matossian (10:46):

Probably, probably like 50, 60 grand. You could, you could pay it off, uh, after taxes. It’s, it’s a nice ride. Okay. Uh, oh, here we go. Is Hepners. Oh, great question. Uh, Devesh Maharaj the Hammer, uh, early we were doing a show and we had, uh, um, Spencer on, and Spencer said that they were looking for a teammate, and Brian said, text me after the show. Was Jacob Hoeppner the guy that you referred to the team?

Brian Friend (11:16):

No, it was, uh, Moritz feedback and, um, you know, I knew he had been looking for a team and, uh, he ended up finding one. So I’m, I’m happy for him. But his team will, uh, Ritz’s team will get to later on, but he’s gonna be a Fabian Benito and Tristan la Clerk of Pro and Montreal’s games team.

Sevan Matossian (11:35):

Oh, okay. Cool. Uh, Savon is used to two men above him. I don’t know if I like that. Uh, the, the Barbell spin. Uh, yes, it’s 70. Thank you. Uh, Mr. Spin, uh, it is $75,000 for first place, $35,000 for second place, $25,000 for third place, and 10th Place gets $10,000. Uh, is there an Orange Theory podcast? <laugh>? No, there’s not even a CrossFit podcast. Why the, how the hell could there be an Orange Theory podcast? It is there j is there J Jacob, is there a Caleb? Is there a, uh, orange Theory podcast? Sounds like good, uh, fodder for Hillary to make a video. Okay. I was only told that I could do shenanigans for five minutes, uh, this morning, cuz Brian is on a tight schedule. I’m already 12 minutes into my shenanigans. Uh, soon as Caleb’s done, uh, finding the Orange Theory podcast, we will start with the women’s teams. Like I said, they’ll take the floor Thursday. Um, let me see how many teams there are. As of now, there are 40. Oh, so they got the full rosters full for the teams, the individuals. Uh, the women only had 38 and the men had 39, but the teams look packed. 40 and 40. God, that’s a lot of people.

John Young (12:51):

And they take the floors Saturday. Correct? Brian teams are Saturday and Sunday.

Brian Friend (12:55):

Yeah. And these are, I mean, this is a big field like

John Young (12:58):

It is. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (13:00):

Uh, Brian, will there be cuts also, uh, for the teams as, as the individuals?

Brian Friend (13:06):

I believe so.

Sevan Matossian (13:07):


Brian Friend (13:08):

I I think that it’ll just be before the final.

Sevan Matossian (13:11):

Um, I don’t have the names of the teams. Oh no. Uh oh. We do team name. There it is. Okay. Uh, I, I, I don’t recognize any of these, uh, names. Why does it go to 43?

Brian Friend (13:26):

That’s the number of teams that are registered.

Sevan Matossian (13:28):

Oh, okay. Okay. My bet. Oh, what was the max amount they were gonna allow?

Brian Friend (13:34):

There isn’t one lot. I think planning, for planning purposes, it’s a lot easier if they can get down to 40. But they’re, um, like I said, they’re, uh, very accommodating for the athletes. And they’re not gonna say, ah, it’s too many, so you can’t come.

Sevan Matossian (13:50):

So when you say, uh, better for 40, meaning if there’s five lanes, they could do eight heats. If there’s eight lanes, there are

Brian Friend (13:55):

Five heats. Yeah, there’s, on Flagler there are 20 lanes. If you go, you know, the long way. And so if you have more than 40, you have to do a third heat. Now it does create a little bit less, uh, congestion per heat, but obviously it takes, uh, you know, 33% more time to do that third heat.

Sevan Matossian (14:14):

Um, why do they call it Flagler? How do they name the, is that just arbitrary to what Waap Pusa chose, or does that, um, have some correlation to the locations actually in the park there, that’s on the water.

Brian Friend (14:25):

Um, you know, I’m not a hundred percent on a Flagler or, um, but like Bayside for example, is reference to Bay Bayfront Park where the event takes place in the, it’s right on the shore of the Bay. So it’s called Bayside Stage.

John Young (14:39):

It’s on Flagler Street.

Sevan Matossian (14:41):

Oh, okay.

Brian Friend (14:41):

Flagler Street. There

Sevan Matossian (14:42):

You go. Uh, Heidi, I, I, it’s, it’s not that we can’t, I just don’t, uh, I I, you’re right. Last year we did also stream during some of the, um, events. I think it was, we didn’t, did we do that for any of the main heats? I don’t remember. We gotta get together and figure that out. But I don’t think they have a problem with us streaming during their, uh, event either. People can keep both windows open, they can keep the, uh, window open for Guap Polo’s YouTube page and our YouTube page. You can kind of get multiple angles. Uh, RB really cool seeing you guys all come together last night for the draft. You wouldn’t see it anywhere else. I agree. And thank you. That was fun. Okay. Uh, Brian, um, I guess you can just go ahead and stop me. I just say, Caleb, start scrolling until I see something. You see something or John sees something, uh, we wanna talk about. There’s 43 teams, uh, we’re starting with the women. And, uh,

Brian Friend (15:37):

Yeah, so just, just once again, so that, you know, in case anyone’s unaware, there were 2020 teams, I believe that were able to come through the qualifier, or maybe it was even more than that. Um, but more than half the teams on are through the online qualifier. And then the rest of the teams met some kind of criteria to pre-qualify for this competition. So you got a blend of teams that were put together and assembled based on achievements in their career already. And then about two thirds of the field that made their way into this competition by doing the online qualifier.

Sevan Matossian (16:09):

Uh, probably the grossest comment I’ve ever seen in, in is, uh, uh, Kate says, that’s my gym baby.

Brian Friend (16:16):

I think a comma would’ve gone a long way

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

There. And then, uh, and then Trish has to follow up. I had a gym baby once broke the plumbing. God, that’s disgusting. My God. <laugh>. Oh my God. There’s no way. Trish is a woman. There is no way. Right. Someone, someone backed me up on that

Brian Friend (16:37):

I’d, I’d agree. Could be hiding.

Sevan Matossian (16:40):

Uh, okay, uh, what, what, what’s this number mean on the side? This difference? Zero negative 110.

Brian Friend (16:46):

So if you look on the left, far left column, you’ll see my ranking in the case of this team. I, ’em 41, John, Adam, him 42. And so the difference is John’s ranking relative to mine. So he had ’em ranked one spot lower than me, the team below, he had one spot higher. But at this point, in a leaderboard, I mean, that’s almost negligible. These are the teams that, uh, and like we said yesterday with the individuals, simply getting into this competition is impressive. But because you do have 40 plus teams competing and we know the caliber of some of the top teams, there’s gonna be a big discrepancy still in terms of ability. So these are the teams we don’t know a ton about. Um, incredible accomplishment to make it there. And there is likely gonna be some team that we have 30 or lower that will do a lot better than that. We just don’t know who it is.

Sevan Matossian (17:31):

Uh, we will make a, uh, quick, uh, divergence back to individuals. Nick Matthews, his top two strongest dudes in the field. Jankowski is top two most aerobic dudes in the field. Brian has them finishing 400th place should be reconsidered.

Brian Friend (17:46):

Well, I think, uh, yikes. Jordan Vance,

Sevan Matossian (17:50):

Uh, Katie, uh, is Olivia Kerstetter the athletes who’s competed at Waap? Alza the most? No. Great question. No sen by far.

John Young (18:00):

Yeah. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (18:02):

There you go. Question answered. Wow. Good job Mr. Spin. Uh, uh, Olsen has been competing since the first Waa Palooza in 2012. Uh, there’s a lot of Flaglers in Florida. He was one of the main founders. Whoa, here we go. We’re getting all sorts of information. Might be interesting to see the, uh, wiki there. Uh, Trish, I’m a 65 year old retired attorney who is now working as a realtor in retirement. My husband Ron and I have been doing, there is no way if you are a 65 year old woman, you are the funniest 65 year old woman who’s ever walked the planet.

Caleb Beaver (18:37):

Holy shit.

Sevan Matossian (18:38):

And you have a mind of a seven year old boy. And I mean that with peace and love and envy.

Brian Friend (18:45):

And he knows, because he has a basically three seven year old boys.

Sevan Matossian (18:48):

Yeah. I have a mind of a 10 year old boy. If I could just ratchet it down, uh, three years, it would be a little cleaner.

John Young (18:55):

We had a 62 year old climb a rope for the first time today at the gym.

Sevan Matossian (19:00):

Oh wow.

John Young (19:01):

Super proud of her.

Sevan Matossian (19:03):

Uh, not, not like a eight foot rope or

John Young (19:05):

Anything. No. 15 feet touched to the top. First time ever.

Sevan Matossian (19:08):

Wow. Crazy. Hey, were you scared?

John Young (19:12):

I mean, I was down there

Sevan Matossian (19:13):

Aer. Yeah, you were. Okay, good. Yeah. Yeah. You’re a good dude. You are a good, uh, dude. Uh, Corey, uh, God, I have to stop reading these comments. Uh, cor CrossFit, Corey, god damn. Everyone can be a realtor these days. Anyone can be a realtor these days. Everyone can be a realtor these days. Okay. Um, okay, here we go. Uh, starting at 43. Uh, it looks like John and Brian between, uh, 43 and 40 are pretty much, uh, neck and neck. They know who the ass teams are, uh, as we scroll up to, uh, 39.

John Young (19:55):

So I do wanna say something about somebody on the team. 39. Just something fun. Uh, Marissa Flowers probably has the world record for Fran. She did it in 1 45. Wow. It’s like, she’s like four 10. And she lives in Katy. I know we talked about Katy, Texas earlier. Uh, but she, uh, I don’t think anybody’s ever done Fran fasc in her.

Sevan Matossian (20:17):

Uh, has Hillary seen this video?

John Young (20:19):

Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (20:20):

And, and what did he think about it?

John Young (20:23):

He approved,

Sevan Matossian (20:24):

What was he approved?

John Young (20:26):

Yeah. It’s on her Instagram. Um,

Sevan Matossian (20:28):

I I I have, I’ll pull it up right here on YouTube real quick.

Brian Friend (20:32):

She was at the, uh, the Mac last year in the semi-finals also. I mean, yeah. She’s, she’s, uh, obviously tiny, but she’s, when she’s good at something she is,

John Young (20:41):

Yeah. Just like in case there’s a specialty event. Like she’s somebody who can do things faster than everybody else. And that’s always something that needs to be pointed

Brian Friend (20:51):

Out. That right there is how you have a world record on Fran. Look at how tight that Kip is. And that being four 10 wide, wide grip pull ups. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (20:58):

Yeah. Her physique is like perfect. She’s like, she’s like a perfect human

Brian Friend (21:04):

For Fran.

Sevan Matossian (21:05):

Yeah. I don’t know. I just think she,

John Young (21:06):

And this isn’t even the one, like, she just did this on her Instagram. She did it for the water polooza qualifier and was 1 45. She was

Brian Friend (21:13):

Fascinated. Evelyn’s just like, man, a fit woman that’s six inches shorter than me. This is great.

Sevan Matossian (21:18):

<laugh>. Yeah. Crazy. Hey, you know what’s nuts too? She’s doing this in a class

Brian Friend (21:23):


Sevan Matossian (21:24):

This isn’t like the whole class around her. Set it up and she’s got, you know, uh, max. She

John Young (21:30):


Sevan Matossian (21:30):

Nobody. Yeah, she didn’t,

John Young (21:33):

I mean, it just looks like that. Like, it looks like, you know, nobody knows what it means to have a sub two minute friend. She’s just filming it, showing how fast she can

Sevan Matossian (21:41):

Be. Damn. That sucks. I wanted to see what she, what uh, if she dropped, if she was crushed afterwards. Yeah, she got, she has a perfect body. If, uh, it’s uh, Marissa Flowers, just type it into YouTube. Uh, Fran. And, uh, if you wanna see a perfect, what a perfect body looks like. <laugh>. And a good, uh, sorry. And a good Fran time. Okay. Good. Good little piece. You’ve already, you’re already one zero. You’re beating Brian on contributions. I mean, could keep a little tally here. Good job John.

John Young (22:10):

Gotta get it when I can.

Sevan Matossian (22:13):

Uh, okay. Uh, and Marissa Flowers is on the, uh, F A L O F L powered by Puma. Team

Brian Friend (22:21):

Falafel, you’re kind of food.

Sevan Matossian (22:23):

Yeah. That must stand for something, right?

Brian Friend (22:25):

It’s a brand. I think

Sevan Matossian (22:27):

It’s fuck. And Laugh out Fucking

Brian Friend (22:32):


Sevan Matossian (22:33):

Acronym. That’s it. Uh, 38. The Milford Monsters. 37. The Latina Gang. Let’s just read their names cuz it’s fun. Uh, Laura Sanchez. Maria Quintero, the Yaa Vincent. Uh, okay. Biggest discrepancy we’ve had now is two places for the 38th Place. Team is just two spots between John and Brian. No big discrepancies yet. Uh, we got a great name on the 35th team. Oakley. Woodhouse. Great name. Uh, 34th CrossFit Hype. I like you cuz you used the word CrossFit in your team name.

Brian Friend (23:09):

Uh, that’s their Jim. They, they have a history of competing in team competitions. And Kayla Stefano, former team, teenage games athlete on their team there.

Sevan Matossian (23:19):

Uh, the Broey. Um, then, uh, Motown, uh, we got a Stevie. I’d like to, uh, ask her dad why she, he named his daughter Stevie. It’s a nice name for a girl. Stevie Dellinger. Great name. Uh, Caroline Klutz. Oh, that, that I have that team. I have that team.

Brian Friend (23:36):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>,

Sevan Matossian (23:37):

Uh, Caroline Klutz. She probably had, uh, some fun times.

Brian Friend (23:40):

How, how late were you up last night? Planning? Where you gonna play them?

Sevan Matossian (23:43):

Very late. Very late. I was, I was, I was, I didn’t even sleep last night cause I was concerned with the teams we picked. Uh, that’s a tough name. Caroline. Uh, klutz. Um, elementary school Junior high. Must have been a son of a gun. <laugh>. Okay. Uh, keep going up. We’re at West Chase.

Brian Friend (24:01):

I mean, and look at this point, like West Chase is a, is a gym that’s regularly con contending to send a team to the CrossFit games out of North America. They had two teams competing in the same semi-final the Mac this year. And, um, we have ’em down here around 30th on a ranking. So, like I said, the, the team, the caliber of teams in this division, even though these teams are ranked 30th, these are still extremely talented teams.

Sevan Matossian (24:27):

Uh, team Savage and team. Extraordinary. Why, why don’t they use, why don’t they call it CrossFit team? Extraordinary or CrossFit West Chase?

Brian Friend (24:36):

Not sure. Um, I don’t know. Uh, team Extraordinary nor Shape Black Bleecker. They’re uh, one of the two fittest women in the Netherlands. And I don’t know if she’ll make the games, but she’s like, uh, well they’re combining the semi-finals. So top 30 in Europe, maybe.

Sevan Matossian (24:53):

Uh, the collision OV team. So are these, uh, how is this a team that, this is a team from Russia. They flew here from Russia

Brian Friend (25:00):

I think cuz they had a roster change on their team last year due to injury. But I think Kna and Aja, I think were the women that ended up competing at the games and, uh, yeah, basically dominated the Asian semi-final last year. So they got their women competing here.

Sevan Matossian (25:16):

Uh, Trish trying to, uh, show off his or her, uh, skillset, uh, telling us the Oakley is a CrossFit level three, uh, team. Uh, Savage, uh, is the coff team from the same area that, um, Koff, uh, Koff Romans from?

Brian Friend (25:33):

Uh, well, not where he is from for sure. I’m not, I don’t know exactly where the last place he was training when he was in Russia is. But I think that the Koff team is basically a congregation of athletes in Russia. And I think they’ve all come to Moscow basically to train in one area. If someone knows, I think it certainly can correct me, but I know that they’ve kind of brought most of the top CrossFitters or competitive people that are trying to compete in Russia into one location and have a lot of training together there,

Sevan Matossian (25:59):

Uh, on, uh, the, the training culture team. That was the training culture is a camp. The first time I heard about it was the last couple days when Brian was telling me about it. It is a training camp that is out of Spain. Brian.

Brian Friend (26:12):

Yeah. So it’s basically the same thing that I just said with Nikk only in Spain.

Sevan Matossian (26:18):

And, uh, what city in Spain? Do you know? Is it one of the big ones like Madrid or Bar Barcelona?

Brian Friend (26:25):

I think so. I kind of feel bad that I don’t know for

Sevan Matossian (26:28):

Sure on that. Is an aai a part of training culture?

Brian Friend (26:32):

Yeah. And so this here, the women we know Oy Moya. Well, I’ve picked her to be in the top 10 for the individual competition. The other two women I don’t know quite as well. So curious to see how that, like s very good. So I wanna see how it, it goes having like one really, really good with two more unknown athletes could definitely see them doing better than this, but just too little data on the other two to move ’em any higher.

Sevan Matossian (26:58):

Okay. And, uh, Aniel aka will be on this podcast for the first time. I’m actually quite excited about it today at 5:00 PM uh, Pacific Standard time, uh, going up to the Yala, uh, shit, brick House Road, uh, Martha Cook, Gemma Rader, and Evie Hollis, uh, out of Israel. Uh, and the, well, not out of Israel. Well,

Brian Friend (27:21):

Uh, no, uh, Gemma I believe is from Australia. Evie I think is from, uh, the uk and I think Martha Cook is also from Oceana.

Sevan Matossian (27:31):

Are they Jews? Why do they got the Yala y Or maybe that’s Arabic. Are they Arabs? Yala, Yala Yala.

Brian Friend (27:36):

I think that, I’m not, I’m not a hundred percent Shreen this, but I think that they may be in the Middle East, either in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, like coaching and training there.

Sevan Matossian (27:46):

I, I think Yala means let’s go by the way. Uh, Caleb.

Brian Friend (27:49):


Sevan Matossian (27:50):

It does. Yala Yala get on your camel Yala. Very, I hear that a lot as a kid. My, my, I had a lot of family who spoke Arabic, Yala yala yha. That means hurry up boy.

Brian Friend (27:59):

And very common, you know, in the last, I don’t know, 5, 6, 7 years that international cross rallies get an opportunity to go and coach at one of those gyms in the uae. And then they get to have like an international group of friends. And a lot of times they do make a team that ends up competing in some of these competitions. That’s what originally, that’s where we originally found out about Jamie Green. Before she was Jamie Simmons, she was living in Abu Dhabi CrossFit Yas, but a team together. She was on it. They did great at the games, and then she transitioned to the individual competition. From there,

Sevan Matossian (28:30):

Uh, we got a team that definitely needs to be canceled, uh, inappropriate vernacular. Uh, but by the way, any reason why, uh, before I speak about that team, um, any reason why that there’s an, uh, uh, five place discrepancy with yellow? I mean, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but it’s the biggest one we’ve seen so far.

Brian Friend (28:47):

Uh, John, I mean, I mean I no,

John Young (28:50):


Sevan Matossian (28:50):

I don’t, it’s, Brian knows he’s right. So it’s up to you to explain John. Yeah.

John Young (28:53):

These, the, the bottom 20 teams. Uh, I think Brian would agree it’s, they could all be, uh,

Brian Friend (29:01):

No, I mean this team is like, these are fringe. Like Evie Hollis was sixth in the semi-final in the online foreman in 2021 in Europe. I think that’s, you know, pretty good. But she wasn’t able to do as well the next year when it was live competition. Emma Radar, I think is a pretty good competitor in, um, Oceana. So, I mean, I don’t know. John May not know those names as well as I do. And maybe, uh, I just weighted them a little heavier because of familiarity with

Sevan Matossian (29:27):

Them. I, I would also like to speak about the M Z A at m uh, at Waap Alza team. Ashley Shoemaker, I believe is the wife of the guy who hosts the Brute Strength podcast, which I listened to periodically, uh, to plagiarized stuff from, uh, Zoe Warren, uh, is married to Joey Warren, the former games athlete out of California.

Brian Friend (29:49):


Sevan Matossian (29:50):

I don’t think that’s true. I just made that up.

Brian Friend (29:52):

You know what, I was, I was close, I was actually wrong though. A generator is South African, not from, uh, not from.

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