#772 – Rich Froning & Brian Friend from the Mayhem Empire

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Oh, I see. You think you can just bring anyone on the show with you? Huh? Ma’am? We’re locked.

Brian Friend (00:05):

I asked and you ignored me, so I sent him invite.

Sevan Matossian (00:08):

Oh, did you ask? Yeah. Good. I didn’t. Oh, yes, of course. Bring [inaudible]. Of course.

Brian Friend (00:14):

<laugh>. I assumed that was your answer. Forgive me.

Sevan Matossian (00:18):

I like the way you’ve just moved just to the side. Enough. Fado framed it. So I can just look at Rich, the whole show. Rich Sr. That is, what’s up?

Brian Friend (00:31):

Good afternoon. Yes.

Sevan Matossian (00:34):

Oh, how can you, are you guys in the same room? Can you guys see each other?

Facundo (00:37):


Sevan Matossian (00:39):

Oh, where, how close are you guys?

Facundo (00:42):

Um, I’d say 50 feet

Sevan Matossian (00:45):

And, and separated by, by like doors and walls and hallways and stuff.

Facundo (00:49):

So this used to be our former conference room. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, and now it’s part of the shop. And, uh, Brian is sitting on the conference room where actually generally you have the podcast with Rich.

Sevan Matossian (01:00):

Yeah. What, what, uh, um, God Rich is such a needle mover every time he comes on the show. It’s just crazy what it does to the show and the numbers. What, why are, are they doing a podcast at Mayhem or they stopped doing that?

Facundo (01:14):

They’re going to start again. They have stopped doing it last year because we didn’t have enough time to do that. They, that’s very time consuming, as you well know, Sivan. I

Sevan Matossian (01:22):

Do. Yes. So,

Facundo (01:23):

Um, yeah, so, uh, I think that they’re going to start doing it very soon with your permission.

Sevan Matossian (01:29):

No, you not my permission. Absolutely not. Hey, Fado, is there, um, is there a good drama around the podcast? Like people like, who just are like, they stand around the door and they’re like, uh, you know, maybe I should be on it sometime. Or like, you know, some guy wants to be on it. No one wants to have that guy on it. Like, you just see every time like it’s 10:00 AM and Tyler Christal is standing by the door. So what are you guys doing <laugh>? Uh,

Facundo (01:53):

I think that Brian already knows Mayhem very well as to answer that question.

Sevan Matossian (01:57):

Yeah. Are people just jockeying rich to, uh, get on the show? But, you know, it’s just, it’s just the Him and Ellie show and it’s like, yo, everyone else backed the fuck off.

Brian Friend (02:07):

There’s an interesting dynamic here. Everyone has their own, uh, the way that they fit in.

Sevan Matossian (02:13):

Here’s what I think, here’s what I would be doing the whole time. If I was at Mayhem, I’d be pr trying to pretend like I was cool, but didn’t care what, where Rich was or what he is doing. But I’d always be within 10 feet of him. But just acting like I don’t give a shit. You know what I mean? Oh, rich, what are you doing here,

Facundo (02:32):


Facundo (02:34):

I think that we, I think that we all spend so much time with Rich that, um, you know, we do our own thing. Uh, but he’s here and he’s a super fun gun to be a guy to be around, uh, with. So when he’s here, we enjoy his company and actually he has a very, um, structured way. He’s having his breakfast in the coffee store every day at the same time. So if you want to run into reach, you know, to come at that at the coffee store and he’s going to be there.

Sevan Matossian (03:01):

Oh, that’s cool. I wonder if there’s people who’ve been going there like three years and they’ve never seen him. Like they don’t even believe he’s real. He’s like Snuffleupagus, you know what I mean? Are you sure Richard Sch smarts out here?

Facundo (03:12):

What surprises me is that people know foreigners from Europe are from South America that said, oh, we were on the, on the area and we came to see if Rich was around. Oh, really? Where where were you? We were in New York, so we drove back down here. <laugh> drove, but that’s like many hours. Yeah, I know. But you know, maybe Bridge is here and sometimes he’s here and it’s a bit of a, you know, they get very nervous and stressed instead of going and said, Hey Rich, I’m a big fan, or whatever. They wanna say start like B, B B, but, and they don’t dare to take the picture and after 10 hours drive, so <laugh> to ask for a picture, at least

Sevan Matossian (03:49):

Some many years ago, I don’t remember what the number was, but it was thousands of dollars. Someone told me that they told the people at their gym that they were going to go to pass by Cookeville. Actually, I think they drove like 90 miles out of the way to Cookeville just to, um, stop at Mayhem. And they had collected money from all the people at their gym to buy shirts. And I, it was like in the thousands of dollars, and they stopped there just to buy shirts for everyone at their gym. I was like, that is awesome.

Facundo (04:18):

That’s, that still happens, I think.

Sevan Matossian (04:20):

Yeah. Yeah. It’s so freaking cool. That’s

Brian Friend (04:22):

Ok. That was the last time I was here, was 2015, and it was something like that. I, I actually didn’t even really know where Cookeville was in Tennessee, but I was driving from my grandmother’s house in Johnson City, which is in the northeast, all the way across the state to make my way back down to Texas. And I saw a sign for Cookeville, so I was like, you know what? I might as well drop in, see if I can work out there. And I did and bought a bunch of shirts for my friends, and that was eight years ago.

Sevan Matossian (04:48):

Mm. Yeah. Yeah. That’s about when I heard the story. And it probably still happens every day. Can, can I wanna buy Stock in Mayhem? In the Mayhem Empire? Is there a Mayhem Empire shirt?

Facundo (05:01):

No, no. I, I, I, you know, we are working hard. I don’t know. I don’t think we have an empire,

Sevan Matossian (05:06):

Uh, empire. Yeah, an Empire shirt. Put that, who, who designs the shirts? Who can I talk to? You’re not the right guy for Kudo.

Facundo (05:12):

No, certainly not need

Sevan Matossian (05:12):

To. You’re too humble for a Ma Mayhem Empire shirt.

Facundo (05:15):

Yeah, no, exactly. And I will not be the disturb enough. No, the, you not Dre, Dre some, uh, our champion, former champion 2018? No, 19, sorry. Uh, he’s still, uh, the designer of most of our shirt t-shirts. So he’s, uh, he’s very talented.

Sevan Matossian (05:32):

I’m gonna dmm

Facundo (05:34):

Yeah, he can, he doesn’t have Instagram.

Sevan Matossian (05:36):

He doesn’t,

Facundo (05:37):

He doesn’t know. Wow. He’s the only guy work person working at Mayhem that does not have an Instagram account.

Brian Friend (05:43):

I thought that he did have it. I thought they tagged him on something the other day.

Sevan Matossian (05:46):

Is he a Scientologist or a, or like a Jehovah Witness or, or a Amish, like what the fuck’s What’s up? What’s he doing?

Facundo (05:52):

No, I, I, no, I don’t know. I think he’s, uh, he’s, he’s just Dre, you know.

Sevan Matossian (05:57):

Gotcha. Okay.

Facundo (05:58):

No, he, he, uh, he’s just like that. He’s happy.

Sevan Matossian (06:03):

Um, Manny Sado, I, I, I had a few drinks with Manny in Newport, uh, going a year or so ago. Uh, Fado, I keep celebrating Argentina and Messier’s World Cup. Congrats.

Facundo (06:16):

Um, uh, me too, me too. I mean, it’s funny, you know, I was telling, uh, Brian the other day, I was in Argentina, uh, for the, uh, world Cup. And, uh, during the match between Argentina and Netherlands people, we, we rented an Airbnb and people up in the floor above us start jumping, and the ceiling came down on us <laugh>. We just saw, we were sitting watching the match. I can show you a picture. We were, we were watching the Match with, uh, one of my athletes, and she’s from Spain. And she was like, oh, that’s a weird noise. And it, it, it sounded like, like they move a table right from, from above. And like 30 seconds later she start crying. It’s cracking, it’s cracking up. And we saw a massive crack on the ceiling, like running through and we jump. And I really believe that, you know, I thought, well, this is it, you know, had a great life.

Sevan Matossian (07:07):

Yeah, let me see the picture.

Facundo (07:09):

Uh, but, uh, I’ll, but, um, I, uh, I need to wear my glasses. Sorry. I mean, I want to be decent for the camera, but I will not be able to see anything with other glasses. Um,

Sevan Matossian (07:21):

Fado one year, uh, at the, uh, CrossFit games, this is when it was in la uh, one of my staff members, uh, got at the after party got, so, wow, let me see that.

Facundo (07:34):


Sevan Matossian (07:35):

Holy shit,

Facundo (07:37):

I was seated on the great couch, and Rita was sitting on the sofa and she starts shouting, you know, it’s falling apart. It’s falling apart. And we jumped. I mean, it doesn’t look so bad in this picture, but

Sevan Matossian (07:50):

It looks pretty bad, dude. It looks pretty bad

Facundo (07:52):

When you see a massive crack on the ceiling open. You didn’t know. You don’t know what, it’s the whole building falling on you with people there. Yeah. Or it’s just the, you know, a part of his, the, the, the ceiling. But yeah. Um, thank you for the 4 99. Anyways, Manny,

Sevan Matossian (08:06):

Uh, Jonathan Ortega [inaudible]

Facundo (08:11):


Sevan Matossian (08:12):

What do you think about, I wanna tell you story, uh, about, uh, Carson real quick, but first I wanna ask you this. What do you think about the is is if, if I see someone and I think they’re Mexican, is it okay to say Ola to ’em?

Facundo (08:26):


Sevan Matossian (08:27):

Just like, like just around Santa Cruz, like I’m in Starbucks and I’m like, you know, like, like I, like if I saw like some random guy in Starbucks, I might be like, Hey, what’s up dude? Just like a, you know, just ran. But if I look at him and I’m like, yep, that dude’s name is definitely Paco, I should be like, Ola.

Facundo (08:41):

I’m, I, I think Spanish people are amazing. Latin, Latin American people are too amazing. I will, I’ll be happy. Somebody speaks to me in Spanish, so I’m not sure why would somebody get upset to be mistaken with a Mexican, right. We had half Mexican here this weekend, a a guest of our camp, and he’s one of my favorite people that I have to met recently. And,

Sevan Matossian (09:00):

Uh, I think he’s gonna be a mayhem athlete someday.

Facundo (09:04):

I mean, <laugh> Brian,

Sevan Matossian (09:07):

Do, do you guys have an age limit on how old someone can be when they come in? He’s gonna be old by the time he gets to you. Like, sorry, your window closed. It’s like the military. If you’re over 25, we don’t take you.

Facundo (09:18):

No, no. We had 17 masters this year. The games. Okay. We, we, we don’t do

Sevan Matossian (09:23):

That. Jason Grubb

Facundo (09:24):

Yet? Yeah. <laugh>. No. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (09:27):

Um, yeah. Okay. So there was this employee that worked for me, and, um, she got wasted at the after party that, that a CrossFit would throw. I think it was in Carson. I think it was la Yes, it was, it was at that Marriott there. And so that night she went up into her hotel room and she started a bath, and she climbed into the bath and she fell asleep in there. And a couple hours later she hears banging on her door and it’s security. And she had passed out in the bathtub, and the bathtub had overflowed and started draining floors down many, many floors down. And it was $30,000 damage to her hotel room. I signed off on it. Yeah, whatever. It’s only, it’s only, it’s only 10 affiliate fees for a year, whatever.

Facundo (10:18):

Exactly. Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (10:19):

Just pay that shit. You don’t fire someone for that. Right? One, one fuck up drunk in the, in the bathtub.

Facundo (10:25):

Oh no. At least, at least you need to have three of them on the fourth, then you can considering, but everybody should be free to, you know, Miranda

Sevan Matossian (10:35):

<laugh>? No, it was not Miranda. Uh, she never worked for me. I don’t think she ever worked in the media department.

Facundo (10:40):


Sevan Matossian (10:41):

But, but, but I, but I think if I worked for Miranda now, I think she’d give me a pass.

Facundo (10:47):

<laugh>. So, uh, Brian, are you drink

Brian Friend (10:50):

Some media now? I am exhausted, yes.

Sevan Matossian (10:53):

He looks a little tired. You know what, I was gonna ask him if he’s been drinking, his eyes look a little puffy, but his eyes look a little puffy.

Brian Friend (11:00):

I’m exhausted. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (11:01):

Super tired. You don’t look bad, you don’t look bad. You just look vulnerable.

Facundo (11:05):


Brian Friend (11:06):

I mean, I’m just, I’m here with two of my, two of my good friends, so not upset about that.

Sevan Matossian (11:12):

Hey, so what happened? Why are you tired? Uh, just working out 24 hours a day?

Brian Friend (11:17):

No, but it was a lot more, uh, volume in four days than I would usually do.

Sevan Matossian (11:22):

And, uh, it, it’s, it’s Saturday there and it’s three 30 for you guys?

Brian Friend (11:26):

3 20, 2 20.

Sevan Matossian (11:30):

Okay. And, and, and why and why are you tired? You stayed out late last night and got up early this morning, or?

Brian Friend (11:35):

No, I’ve gotten a lot of sleep and, uh, but we did, you know, another big workout this morning. Just tired,

Facundo (11:43):

<laugh>. He’s, the volume here seems to be, uh, catching up on Brian.

Sevan Matossian (11:47):

I thought Fado was throwing me an alley up right there. I thought he was like, Brian, you look tired. Like, get him Savon. No, I’m not even close. No,

Facundo (11:57):

He trained. He trained. He, I, I’m very surprised, I’m very proud of him because he did like 95% of the work we did in the last days. No,

Brian Friend (12:06):

I would say less than that, but

Facundo (12:08):

I’m being generous, <laugh> and, um, uh, and he, he, he man up and he, you know, he’s been working up with the big shots here, with the big dudes, with the big girls too. Strong girls, and, uh, mostly

Brian Friend (12:23):

With the

Facundo (12:23):

Girls. Mostly with the girls, but strong girls in

Sevan Matossian (12:26):

Case. Have you been jumping in with the girls, like trying to keep up with some of the girls?

Brian Friend (12:31):

Oof. Yeah. Uh, almost all the workouts I would do. The women’s weights or the women’s calories. Um, and, but in terms of, uh, like partner work, work to rest some with the guys, some with the girls.

Sevan Matossian (12:43):

And, and, and is there any ch do you have a, have you beat anyone there in any workouts?

Brian Friend (12:49):

It wasn’t really a competitive atmosphere in that regard. Uh, at least that’s how they communicated it upfront. I think some of the athletes were a little bit competitive with each other at times, but my main objective was to make it through all four days of training. And I kind of tried to make sure to approach every session and every set within every workout.

Sevan Matossian (13:09):

Do you think you’d beat Bailey Rail in any workouts this week?

Facundo (13:13):


Brian Friend (13:15):

Uh, maybe on like some of the like intervals on machines?

Sevan Matossian (13:19):

No, shit,

Brian Friend (13:22):

I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. But, um, I know like on the, the, the first conditioning piece we did, I was next to, I think Britney Weiss the entire time in our paces were very similar.

Sevan Matossian (13:35):

That’s good. You must be proud of that. That’s crazy.

Facundo (13:39):


Brian Friend (13:41):

I mean, I dunno, there’s a lot of factors in play, but, uh, I, you know, taller and heavier than the women, so I think on the machines I should be okay.

Sevan Matossian (13:54):

Yeah. But you’re just a normal human.

Brian Friend (13:58):

I’m a normal human. That’s right.

Sevan Matossian (14:00):

Um, have you gone in the pond over at, uh, rich Seniors?

Facundo (14:04):

No. It’s very cold here. It’s very cold.

Sevan Matossian (14:07):

Does that pond freeze ever for Kudo?

Facundo (14:09):

No, it doesn’t freeze, but it gets very cold. Like, oh, to be honest, maybe it does. I’m not sure. I have never, I, I’ve never seen Frozen,

Brian Friend (14:17):

But, uh, maybe I should have gone in there before that, this to wake myself up.

Facundo (14:20):

Oh, we still have a couple of hours, you know, it’s just 20 minutes drive from here, <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (14:24):

Hey, um, have you played Frisbee golf with him? Fado with Brian? Have you, have you guys gone out and played in Frisbee golf?

Facundo (14:30):

He went yesterday. He didn’t invite me. He, he said he was going to work and for a nap, and I was here working, and then he came back and he was with all his, you

Brian Friend (14:37):

Know, no, he, you were hosting that skill, that optional skill session of, and I thought that was very valuable for some of the athletes. So,

Facundo (14:44):

But not for you.

Brian Friend (14:46):

It would’ve been very valuable for me, but it was 65 degrees. I brought all my discs on this trip and I hadn’t used them yet, so I had to go play.

Sevan Matossian (14:52):

Did they have a course there?

Brian Friend (14:54):

Yeah, they had a good course.

Sevan Matossian (14:56):

They do. Yeah. It’s a college town. Of course they do.

Brian Friend (15:00):

There are a couple nine hole courses, including one at Tennessee Tech, but there, this course is just in the park in the northwest side of town.

Sevan Matossian (15:09):

Uh, oops. Brian looked insulted about No, he doesn’t get, I don’t think Brian gets insulted unless, no, he doesn’t get insulted really?

Facundo (15:17):

<laugh> Trice his trice his rich son, for those who don’t know that,

Sevan Matossian (15:22):

Yeah, he got beat by a four year old. How old is that kid now? 4, 6, 8, 4.

Brian Friend (15:26):

He’s four four.

Sevan Matossian (15:29):

Um, Fado. It’s a, it’s official. Um, uh, Roman is, um, part of the Mayhem camp now.

Facundo (15:36):

It is official. Roman is part of the Mayhem athlete’s, uh, family. And we are very happy to have him here. He’s been around. He, he has, um, a tooth infection. So he’s, uh, bit struggling at the moment with that. But he, uh, he came a couple of times and he, he’s having a, a great time and, and we are very, uh, happy to have him here because he’s, Robin is a very nice person to be around, to have around and, uh, you know, uh, an amazing athlete. So, uh, we, we, we are cherished in the time we, we spend it with him here.

Sevan Matossian (16:11):

Um, he And where does he live? Does he live close by? Is he in an apartment? How?

Facundo (16:15):

He has a, he, he rented a house. He’s close by to the, well, this is, this is not a big city cook bell, you know, everything is five, 10 minutes drive. Um, and so he, he rented a house with, uh, his wife, the son, the two, two dogs. And, uh, he, uh, he, the whole time here actually mayhem training.

Sevan Matossian (16:34):

Uh, I’m sorry, did you say two dogs?

Facundo (16:37):

Two dogs? Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (16:38):

What, how long has he been in the country?

Facundo (16:40):

I don’t know how that happened.

Sevan Matossian (16:42):

<laugh>, how long has he been in the country?

Facundo (16:44):

Well, he came here just before the games, maybe in, uh, maybe May, uh, last year. So, um, I don’t know how many months. 12.

Brian Friend (16:54):

He didn’t, he did not get the dogs here. He brought them here.

Facundo (16:58):

Oh, okay. Well, there, there, there you go.

Sevan Matossian (17:00):

Are you fucking kidding me? He, they’re Russian dogs.

Facundo (17:04):


Brian Friend (17:05):

That’s what I’ve been told.

Sevan Matossian (17:06):

No shit. How does that, you come from Russia and then you just pack your dogs up and bring your dog? I guess.

Brian Friend (17:15):

I think it was, I think it was difficult to get ’em here, actually. But it was important to him that, that he was able to,

Sevan Matossian (17:20):

Like, they were like, they get quarantined

Facundo (17:22):

<laugh>. I can’t imagine there was more complicated to get the dogs a visit than Roman. Cause to

Sevan Matossian (17:26):


Facundo (17:27):

To get an a dog into the States, it’s, it’s not easy.

Sevan Matossian (17:32):

Um, uh, sev asked, ask, uh, uh, Philipp Bo Borowski Borowski, uh, SAEV asked Roman to come. Thank you. Uh, uh, Mr. Fado, uh, SAEV asked Roman to come on the podcast. You can ask him about Doc. I did. And he was gonna come on and then, and then he uninvited himself. But I think, uh, I think it was just, I think I just have to invite him again, right. Fado for sure.

Facundo (17:57):

But as I said before, he seems struggling this week with his, with his

Sevan Matossian (18:01):


Facundo (18:02):

Tooth. So he now, he’s not doing very well. Uh, hopefully next week is going to be better.

Sevan Matossian (18:07):

Here’s a bad tooth. Yeah, it’s fine. He, he, he wrote back to me in the, um, dms, he said, I said, well, thanks for responding and, and we’ll try again later. And he wrote back, no problem. But when I read it, I read it in a rush. I hear it in a Russian accent, no problem. Like, like Yvonne, like Drago in Rocky. No, I must break you.

Brian Friend (18:27):

Yeah. The first morning that he showed up, he walked in and, uh, he, he looked at Fukuda and he said, Fu fudo, i, ready? Let’s go.

Sevan Matossian (18:35):

<laugh>. Oh yeah.

Brian Friend (18:36):

That’s great. Trade the business.

Facundo (18:37):

Yeah. He doesn’t, he just comes in and wants to get the work done. He, he does, you know, many people here take the time. The, the mobility, they prepare themself have their coffee and drum money’s like, okay, let’s go.

Brian Friend (18:52):

And first, the first workout that we did, it was, uh, sets of gds and rope climbs and wall balls. And it was, it was intimidating watching his face,

Sevan Matossian (19:05):

Just being there.

Brian Friend (19:06):

Just wa Yeah. Like he was with August Unkel and they, uh, they lapped us.

Facundo (19:13):


Sevan Matossian (19:14):

Jake Jay Crouch had like, like someone put mushrooms in his food after working out with Roman <laugh>. He, you could tell that he was like, uh, physically inspired, uh, by that team between him and Willie Georges. Jay Crouch was like, thought he had died and gone to heaven. He really like, and he told a funny story, uh, y you know, before the show started Fado, uh, before the event started, I don’t remember who it was, I think it was Brian or John Young was like, dude, Jay Crouch is world class at Muscle Up. And then we interviewed Jay Crouch afterwards, and he’s like, yeah, I wanted to do the, uh, we all wanted to do the mu up and sets of five and Roman’s like, no 10 <laugh>. And they’re like, no, five <laugh>.

Facundo (19:58):

I I’ll say that is a guy that enjoys much more competition than training. You know, I, I work with artists who love the process of training, spending time in the gym and talking, and, you know, even doing the fitness part. And I, I feel that Roman is a guy that really does that just for being able to go to compete and achieve what he wants to achieve. It’s really, you know, pure work for him. Uh, I’m sure that if he could, you know, not come from time to time, he will gladly stay home. Uh,

Brian Friend (20:32):

And, uh, with the dogs.

Facundo (20:33):

With the dogs and his son. Uh, but, um, yeah, I mean, I, I I believe it’s going to be a good year for him. He’s, he’s, he feels very well, he feels very happy. He’s, um, he feels that he’s now, his mind is solely, um, occupied in training and his, you know, fitness and his skills. Um, so we’ll see. Hopefully, uh, this year he shows what he’s able to do.

Sevan Matossian (21:02):

Hey, is, oh shit, that’s great. Wow. Hey dude, that his neck’s gonna be hurt. You gotta push him up against a wall or something.

Facundo (21:12):


Sevan Matossian (21:12):

Is that chair on wheels?

Facundo (21:14):


Sevan Matossian (21:15):

Is that poor Patrick Clark. Why is he so tired? Tell him to do this.

Facundo (21:21):

He’s good. He’s alright.

Sevan Matossian (21:23):

No, that’s, he’s gonna asphyxiate himself. Hey, uh, um, how about this Fado? Um, is gee there?

Facundo (21:32):

He’s here,

Sevan Matossian (21:34):

Man, there, um, did, did gee shit. The bed at, um, what happened to Gee did Gee shit, the bed. There was all, we were speculating. He had a rough day and then he had a great lift. And then, and then he ended strong, right? He ended strong at Waap. Alza,

Facundo (21:48):

Yeah. Yeah, the second day was really

Sevan Matossian (21:50):

Good. There were these, there were these questions that, like, my interpretation, but my interpretation is

Facundo (21:58):

You don’t have to show coat it. Go for it. What

Sevan Matossian (22:00):

Did he say was, was he just sitting around doing blow and fucking bitches in Brazil? Or what? Like what was he doing over there? Like, uh, he, like, what he just, the speculation was is that he just came there without un unprepared. That he just rolled in off the street, like just scratching his nuts through on his shirt and got in the mix.

Facundo (22:18):

Well, not true.

Sevan Matossian (22:19):

Okay, good

Facundo (22:20):

<laugh>. But, uh, yeah, I mean, he was home. He was, he was dealing with some, some family stuff, some personal issues, uh, nothing negative, but you know, he was busy doing something else. Life, life like everybody else have. And, um, he was still training, maybe not with, you know, the dynamic that we have here, because here we just leave for that. So we just train. But, you know, sometimes I feel as a coach that it just, that it doesn’t work. Like, okay, competition time three to one go, and then you add your peak. Some people, you know, get a little bit time, a little bit of time to warm up to the competition mode. I think that the first day he might have had felt very inspired. I he was not fully, fully healthy, which is not an excuse, but he was not feeling I can give the best of myself today. So I think he, he was a little bit, uh, holding back and, uh, I was thinking he went to bed and he realized, okay, man, I’m here. We better, you know, make it happen, make it work. And uh, he, he had a very good second day. I think that the Hansen walk the hold was a bit of a, an accident, a problem, but otherwise he would’ve had quite good, uh, overall, uh, placements on, on the second day

Sevan Matossian (23:34):

Is, is 3 95 a, uh, PR clean injury form?

Facundo (23:39):

Apparently, yes.

Sevan Matossian (23:41):

Yeah. I mean, it’s crazy. And did he express any concern about the environment that he was doing it in? That he was sandwiched between a hard rock and a, and a eight ball, or a rock and a whatever, the kitchen sink, however that saying goes,

Facundo (23:54):

Look, uh, for that, gee is very clever. He’s very aware of what his, what his body is up to do with a bible on every given day. So I think he warmed up, he saw where his strength was and he went for it. And, uh, it, it, it’ll work out well, very well for him.

Sevan Matossian (24:13):

Very well. There was, there’s, I mean, people that, I mean the, the Jack Sasses in the chat where I hang out were like, he can do f 4,000 pounds, he should have gone for 400. And I’m like, dude, he just did 3 95. Like what, like what did we just sandwiched in between the railing crowd on two sides of him and then people lifting all around him? I mean, it was, I mean, it was a kind of environment where Daniel Brandon would punch someone if they got that close to her, you know what I mean? Like, while she’s lifting.

Facundo (24:41):

Yeah, no,

Sevan Matossian (24:41):

And you would think that gee would have some of that being that he’s so good at lifting, you know, like have some sort of crazy ritual or pre Madonna shit. Nothing can be in his eyesight and he’s just sandwiched in there on the side of the cage doing 3 95. I mean, were you blown away? I was blown away. No. No. Okay.

Facundo (24:57):

No, but, uh, I was blown away with that. He, how he swam, he swam very well, was a good worker for him. And, uh, you know, yeah, I, I was surprised that he was able to have a such a bad day go to bed and wake up with a complete different mindset and was ready to say, okay, I’m not going to let what happened yesterday, you know, uh, happen today once more, or I need to change my whole thing. And you know, honestly, it’s not very easy to do that many. We know of many athletes that go to the games, whichever, whichever competition with a lot of, um, uh, you know, self-confidence and after one bad two events, one bad day, they never recover. And we also Yeah, well, you know, when things don’t go their way and it, it is a good skill to be able to, you know, sleep, wake up, change everything and, and go and, you know, do whatever you have to do.

Sevan Matossian (25:53):

I’m trying to find a wa palooza leaderboard. Hey, did he, he, he had to deal with medical the first, uh, day twice we saw medical with him twice. And matter of fact, after one of the events by the bay in the alleyway where the, on the right side of the stage where the athletes come and go, everyone had left and he was actually just lying in the alleyway, kind of like cockeyed with medical around him. I think I saw someone pour water on his head.

Facundo (26:20):


Sevan Matossian (26:22):

I just wanted to work in the, the word cockeyed, by the way. That was great use of that word. Thank you, Mr. Go ahead, Brian. Sorry. Celebrating my word.

Brian Friend (26:33):

Uh, I didn’t know that, but the, I know the first two workouts were very difficult and I think, I’m not entirely sure what happened in the first workout, but I think that’s, uh, physically his body wasn’t responding as he was expecting it to. So maybe just, you know, um, wanted to make, make sure everything was okay. So he saw some attention from those guys. That’s what they’re there for.

Sevan Matossian (26:55):

No, no, no. It wasn’t like that. I’m not telling you he was laying down in a spot where you don’t lay down unless like you like

Brian Friend (27:04):

Well, that’s the first step that I’ve heard of it, so,

Sevan Matossian (27:06):

Okay, back to you. Fado fado, don’t throw an don’t, don’t throw. He’s only five six and you throw him an alley. Brian couldn’t dunk that one. He’s a three point shooter. Throw pass to the outside.

Facundo (27:17):

Well, we were happy to have Brian here, uh, this weekend,

Sevan Matossian (27:20):

<laugh>, I’m asking you about fucking geese collapse.

Facundo (27:25):

I know. Just,

Sevan Matossian (27:26):

I know, I know, I know. I wasn’t

Facundo (27:28):

There. I didn’t go to Miami this year, so

Sevan Matossian (27:31):

I You weren’t there. Wait, you weren’t there.

Facundo (27:32):

No, I was not there.

Sevan Matossian (27:34):

Oh, that’s right. You had to choose one Mayhem or Waap Polooza.

Facundo (27:38):

Exactly. So, um, uh, I chose Mayhem and, and, uh, but I I, I’m, I mean, of course

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

That was a no-brainer though, right?

Facundo (27:48):

I mean, this is home for me. This is my second home. I, I, I’m, I’m, I enjoy here very much. Most of my friends are here and we, I was very, um, excited to start the 2023 season with this camp with our athletes, uh, to talk to them to see what they were up to, what their plans were for this year, and to set out some guidelines for the training. And that’s what, uh, I came to do. And it went, uh, I’m happy on the result.

Sevan Matossian (28:16):

I can’t, uh, I can’t find, fuck, I can’t, I, I don’t even know how to do the leaderboard. I am just a ding dong.

Brian Friend (28:24):

Ask one question. I’ll send it to you. Have another

Facundo (28:31):


Sevan Matossian (28:32):

I, I’m here. Wait. Um, what is this camp, uh, Fado? Is this like a, is this, is this time of year, always the time of year that you guys do a camp? Or is this kind of just like, uh, spur of the moment, like what, what, what, what brought all these people together?

Facundo (28:49):

I think it was a good time after Al to, you know, to meet and talk to our athletes and say, well guys, what are you up to? What are your goals? Some people wanna go teams, some people wanna go individual. Some people really, um, want to work with specific aspects of their training. And, um, for us it’s very important to have the space of dialogue with our athletes and, you know, and the season, uh, as it should somehow. So it was more like a, like a gathering, like, let’s meet in Cookville and, and have a talk. They are some South, south American athletes that came. Brazilians, Argentinians <inaudible> from Chile. Uh, as anybody knows, it’s my biggest pleasure to be able to, the Latin America don’t break anything, Brian, please. The Latinamerican, uh, CrossFit world. Uh, and yeah, so it was just that, it was just a get together and, uh, start training for this season.

Sevan Matossian (29:51):

And is it, is it, uh, you let them know a month in advance? Like, Hey, you guys are gonna be here for, you guys are traveling from all over the world. You might as well if you can stay an extra five days, come out to Cookeville.

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