#947 – Max Mormont | Seek Your Potential

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Omar, Heidi, Judy, Paulina. Jamie Michelle. Kenneth. Jessica Rambler. Rambler Rambler. I hardly know her. Uh, good morning guys. Uh, max Mormont coming on here any minute. I believe he’s the owner of CrossFit, Coasta Mesa. Although when you go to their website, all I see is, um, his wife’s name and not his name. I don’t see his picture as one of the staff, so I don’t know if he’s still there, actually, to be honest. But we shall find out very, uh, soon. I do this thing where I disconnect the phone and reconnect at every show. Now I can’t tell if it’s O C D shit or if it’s necessary. Uh, either way. Uh, Jake from the Is of Man, uh, eight hours ahead. So for Jake, it is uh, 3:00 PM for me, it is 7:00 AM Yash. Good morning, Tyler. Good morning, Alex. Good morning. Oh, there he is.


There’s Max with a lion and an assistant helping him set up the show Beards in full glory. He’s pulling the mic up to his face. I see him. I see him down there. Uh, good morning from Norco. Good morning. Yeah. 7:00 AM Damn Kenneth with the ruck on Ruck vest. Cop, you’re a cop. Oh shit. Oh shit. Look at that. Uh, special guest this morning. I just saw Caleb pop on too. Everyone’s getting their shit together. Wow. Hey, good, good morning. Uh oh. Coach Max. Oh, I can’t hear you. Uh oh. I heard something first. There we go. You hear me now?


Hmm. <inaudible> or Yeah. To crazy Fucked Audio. Like maybe the cable from that mic to wherever it’s going is, um, is loose. Audrey. It’s been a productive morning. Good. Oh, thanks Donovan. Congrats to your daughter too. Uh, Donovan Winters, uh, has a, do I see Donovan? I don’t know. Minimum. Minimum, uh, minimum two days a week. Usually probably four or five days a week. Our kids trained at the same, uh, E j J Academy. And, uh, and our family, uh, mingled quite a bit and his daughter kicked ass in her first tournament this week was actually kind of, uh, freaky. Um, Donovan Donovan’s daughter, uh, trains with my kids, like I said. And, um, his son’s one of the best. Oh. Uh, in and out. In and out, buddy. In and out. Yeah. Something’s still wrong with Dario. Like, like up and down, up and down.


So, Donovan’s, um, uh, daughter trains with my, um, all three of my sons and she’s right in between. Um, my oldest son and my two youngest sons. And then in class the other day, she triangled my oldest son. I had never, I had never seen anyone do that to him outside of a, uh, outside of a tournament. It was pretty crazy. So she was ready to go. She went to her first tournament. I think she won the gold, right, Donovan? She won like, I think she won three matches, which even it’s even more crazy cuz a lot of times, most of the time your kids only get two matches.


Anyway, that was really exciting. Yeah. It, it elevates everyone. When, uh, in the academy, when everyone goes to the tournaments, it’s still fucked up. Yeah, it’s fucked up. But I’m patient. Don’t worry. A another, another crazy thing, by the way, um, about, about Donovan and his daughter is he wanted his daughter to enter a tournament for more than a year. And she was hesitant and he was patient and patient. Patient and patient. And he went to a big tournament. San Jose, California. Some could argue it’s the fight capital of the world. And uh, she won a gold. Definitely. California is the fight capital of the world. Damn. That’s San Jose 10th, biggest city in the United States. Crazy Juujitsu tournaments there. Crazy, crazy, crazy

Max Mormont (03:55):

You guys, huh?

Sevan Matossian (03:58):

Still fucked up. But look at, people are still sending in money. That doesn’t matter. Take your time. They just like looking at you. 10 bucks for there. You save your money. Don’t send it to Max’s only fans today. We will be collecting here for him on the Sev podcast, uh, while we, uh, uh, hi Caleb.

Caleb Beaver (04:19):

What’s up? Good morning.

Sevan Matossian (04:21):

What are you doing here? Okay.

Caleb Beaver (04:22):

It’s a, it’s a government holiday. Sovan

Sevan Matossian (04:25):

<laugh>. Is it really? It is.

Caleb Beaver (04:28):

Yes it

Sevan Matossian (04:28):

Is. How do I not know this shit? Please don’t tell me. It’s something like Veteran’s Day I fucked up or something. What is it? No,

Caleb Beaver (04:33):

No, no. It’s a new government holiday my friend. It’s

Sevan Matossian (04:37):

Called. Oh, is this the pride month? Called Juneteenth?

Caleb Beaver (04:39):


Sevan Matossian (04:39):

Oh, geez. Yes. Oh geez.

Caleb Beaver (04:42):

So we get the day off.

Sevan Matossian (04:44):

Ill have to do my research. God, I hope nothing’s closed today that I’m doing. I hope nothing I, tennis and juujitsu better be wide open.

Caleb Beaver (04:53):

Just pretty much everything is open. Okay? Everything else is open except for the government. The government is closed.

Sevan Matossian (04:58):

All right. We got a new c d C director. Uh oh, uh, what’s her name? Um, Mandy, you know what’s funny? What I did too is before I did any research on her, I typed in her husband’s name cause I wanna see her husband. If a chick’s married to like a, just a dude who just comes off as beta to me, I, I fuck her. Like, sorry, just for a quick judgment, you know what I mean? Not what kind of car you drive, not what color skin you are. Not whether you go to church on Sunday. I don’t. Let me see your husband. Let me see your husband. And then her husband actually he, he, he looked like he’s fucking got some fucking titties on him. Look like he does pushups and shit. He looks strong. My first,

Max Mormont (05:40):

That says fucking, um,

Sevan Matossian (05:46):

I need to check that. Dude, your audio is so fucking bad. You are so lucky that you’re fun to look at. Can you just unplug it and go straight to your computer?

Max Mormont (05:56):


Sevan Matossian (05:58):

You’ll go to the settings in Streamy Yard. You see that little gear down there? Yep. And then click on that and then go to the audio button. I know you’re pissed too, cuz obviously you have a podcast studio and you’re like, fuck, I got all this fancy shit. How come it’s not working? Uh, then you go to the mic and then switch the mic.

Max Mormont (06:16):

I didn’t catch catching with it, with it. Some problems. What do you,

Sevan Matossian (06:22):

Uh, go to the mic and then, and then in the dropdown menu, pick anything other than what you’re using. Like maybe there’s one that says Mac or something. Maybe there’s one that says your mom should say, say road mic your mom and Mac. Be like, I’ll use them. Jump back out, jump back in and see what happens. Oh, look, you got an assistant even hang up. I wouldn’t mean hang up. He’s the main guest. I can’t hang up on him. What are you talking about, David?

Max Mormont (06:50):

In, in,

Sevan Matossian (06:53):

Uh, this, the, uh, this new c d c director. Um, so then, then the next thing I do after I, I, I check on her husband and see that he’s, he’s kind of broad shoulders. Looks like he works out a little bit. I looked at, uh, I typed in her name and then I typed in 49ers. Right. See if she’s a 49 er fan. And the first thing is, is that not only is she a huge 49 er fan, but she’s one of the first people to get her kids the injection. That right away makes me hate her. Yeah, right there. Thank you, Caleb. So she, she and, and she, um, she brought in, speaking of Juneteenth, uh, one of the first articles you bring up is she appointed someone in her group, uh, just based on the fact that of the color of her skin. So he picked a, a black woman to be her cohort. And that black woman, her kid was, uh, one of the 3000 kids. Who was first in the, uh, trials. Trials. Oh, nice Echo. Oh, nice echo. That’s definitely a max. Hey, can you imagine using your kid in a trial? Imagine a Pfizer trial trial. A Pfizer trial. Oh, this makes me sound like God with this echo. I imagine God talks in double talk like that. Double, double echo. Savon, sev sev.


No show has ever started quite like this. Um, and I like that. Um, Eaton Beaver Savon, the it guy, when he was at hq, he would’ve needed five people to help him. Who? What? No. What are you talking about? Oh, I think I heard you set your coffee cup down. Are you all good, max?

Max Mormont (08:27):


Sevan Matossian (08:28):

No. Nope. Nope. Your ass, your ass. <laugh>. Hey, it’s a loose

Max Mormont (08:33):


Sevan Matossian (08:35):

It’s a loose cable or something. Audrey, uh, Pedro from Coffee Pods and Wads called you the Lord of podcasting. I like that. That works. What would that make Caleb?

Max Mormont (08:49):

The gesture.

Sevan Matossian (08:51):

The gesture of podcasting. What would that make Max? Our guest today, just, he’s an evil force trying to bring down the show and it’s high ratings. Did you that that show yesterday? I did With, uh, are you still working on it, max?

Max Mormont (09:04):

Yeah, I’m still working

Sevan Matossian (09:06):

Now. No, bad

Max Mormont (09:08):

Me out. Real lunch. Kick out,

Sevan Matossian (09:10):

Call back in, kick you out and then okay, we’ll kick you out and then you come back in. Hi Kayla. Welcome to the show.

Caleb Beaver (09:18):


Sevan Matossian (09:20):

Dude. Two years ago, I’d be in a fucking sheer panic. I’m so inspired by that show yesterday that I did with, um, uh, Tyler James and, um, uh, John Young man, John Young is a shit. Uh, I, um, and James Townsend and, uh, who is the other one? I said John Young. James Townsend and Tyler Watkins. I wanna do just a weekly show at night. I wanna do a night show. What do you think about Sunday nights?

Caleb Beaver (09:50):

That’d be cool.

Sevan Matossian (09:52):

Instead, instead of love lines, we just, we talk about game shit, just anything. And I was thinking about, I was thinking about like, it would be the, I would have two regulars, like me and Bill Grundler if he can do it, and then just two people rotating in. So it could be Brian, friend Brian, spin, John Young, um, whoever James Townsend. Um, Tyler Watkins, uh, Mike Hal and just whoever. Just people rotating in.

Caleb Beaver (10:18):

That’d be dope.

Sevan Matossian (10:21):

Um, Sevi, uh, did you, uh, did you have a think about what Trish posed you to you on Friday? Is it a nude? And my dms posed to me po posted, posted POed? I don’t know. I don’t know what that means. Manny Spiegel, uh, Sevy is replacing Be friendly. It’s an interesting observation. I don’t know if it, I wouldn’t say it’s accurate

Caleb Beaver (10:50):

Just adding to the stables.

Sevan Matossian (10:52):

I wouldn’t say it’s accurate. Um, uh, saber, uh, we missed the real Brian Jr. Taylor, uh, on the show. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Uh, and Taylor and Jr will definitely, uh, be all, everyone’s invited. Everyone’s invited. Uh, Ken Walters is be friendly, slowly slipping from the podcast after, after forever, forever. Everyone is slowly slipping away forever. Everyone, even, even, I wonder if I have more days ahead of me than behind me. Do you think you have more days ahead of you or behind you with the podcast? Caleb?

Caleb Beaver (11:27):

Ahead of me.

Sevan Matossian (11:28):

Oh, good.


Uh, Audrey, don’t replace Brian Friend, uh, just yet. Uh, John doesn’t even know half the answers. It’s okay. No one knows half the answers. No one’s replacing anyone. There’s no, there was no, there’s no one’s replacing anyone. There’s never a, um, it’s not like that. The whole space is just really dynamic, right? There’s like three people who hold down the fort here, me, Susa, and Mr. Beaver. And then everyone else is just rotating in and out based on other opportunities and, um, obligations they have. So today, uh, Kayla was relieved of some other obligations. So we get ’em. It’s kind. It’s, it’s really just like that. Uh,

Caleb Beaver (12:14):

Okay. Lemme see. Uh,

Sevan Matossian (12:19):

Yeah, so I like, I like the show. I like the idea of a show that’s just every week and it’s just about the games. Me too. Anything about the games, anything. And, and, and people would be calling in, lots of people calling in like fighting, hopefully like fighting with John. Like people, like people like Audrey, like could call in and be like, dude, John, you’re not even half as good as Brian. Why do you think you’re so, what the fuck are you doing on here so much. And then he would fight back and we would all fight with her like an, like an AM radio show. Uh, oh, sorry, Caleb.

Caleb Beaver (12:54):


Sevan Matossian (12:56):

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Brian, Brian did great with that. Oh, Brian was on a semifinal podcast with Chase recently. There you go. Oh. And Bill. Nope. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Max <laugh>. I’m sorry buddy.

Caleb Beaver (13:13):

You could really just use the computer mic and it’d be okay. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (13:15):

Did you try using the computer?

Caleb Beaver (13:17):

It worked just fine when you had it on.

Sevan Matossian (13:19):

You guys wanna see something funny? I can only show you this in. Oh, I’ll actually show, I’ll, um, give this to Caleb. I can actually only Caleb, I’m sending you something in the private chat. I can only show you this guys in seven second increments when I’m about to show you. I dunno if I’ve ever showed this on the, have you ever sh put this on the show before? Um,

Caleb Beaver (13:40):

Oh, long time ago.

Sevan Matossian (13:42):

Okay. Uh, blade Savon is giving Tree of Podcast. Tree of gi. Oh, Savon is the Giving Tree of podcast. Well, thank you. Oh, we gotta, we’re getting blades scheduled here really soon. He helps make motherfuckers big and doesn’t take it personal when they get cool. Yeah. Thank you. That’s, that is exactly it. That’s part, that’s part of it. That’s one branch. That’s, I think that’s would be the better, uh, way. That’s funny. How, how you have, how you’ve picked that up, Mr. Walker.

Caleb Beaver (14:11):


Sevan Matossian (14:14):

Okay. That is, uh, on the ground there is Max Mormont today’s guest, which I have a feeling is, is not gonna happen. Oh, I can tell Max. We can reschedule too. Let me, let me, let me call Max right now. Where’s

Caleb Beaver (14:25):

My phone? Um,

Sevan Matossian (14:30):

Oh, let me see here. Um, sorry guys. Let me see. Max,

Caleb Beaver (14:34):

Uh, Mormont.

Sevan Matossian (14:36):

Let me

Caleb Beaver (14:36):

Call Max real quick

Sevan Matossian (14:39):

And then I’ll, and then I’ll show you that video and then when he comes back on, I’ll show the video again. Hello,

Caleb Beaver (14:42):

This is Max, sorry, here to get your

Sevan Matossian (14:45):

Oh, oh, he, uh, max. Um, we can two. Not a big deal at all. Uh, S’S Echo sounded perfect. Uh, he was on Coffee Pods and wads too. Oh, yeah. Talking about Brian. Dude, he’s everywhere right now. He’s everywhere. Well, except here.


Um, yeah, that’s a prepubescent sev on. Okay. Back to, uh, yes. Uh, and um, that’s when I used to wear sleeveless shit. I’d probably just, I’d been doing CrossFit there for probably a year and a half. There’s this weird muscle that men get in their triceps. And I never had that muscle in my tricep. It’s, you can’t get it from tricep extensions. For some reason, I got it from doing deadlifts, or maybe it’s, I don’t know, some muscle on my arm. And I just started getting it and I’m like, fuck, I’m gonna start wearing sleeveless shirts, <laugh>, and, uh, shut up. So what,

Caleb Beaver (15:45):

That’s the catalyst to wear sleeveless shirts. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (15:47):

Yeah. Uh, I started wearing sleeveless shirts and, and I was filming full-time for CrossFit. Anyway, I, I can’t remember where, where this is. I don’t know if this is Brian McKenzie’s gym or John Wellborn’s gym, but Max trained with both of them. Maybe he was with both of their coaches too. I can’t remember. Uh, but, uh, here we play this in seven seconds. He max said, curl up in a ball around my arm. I’ll do a Turkish getup with you. That’s a great still shot of Max with this just cock pointed right at us. <laugh>. Uh, and remember, we can only show this in seven seconds. CrossFit would love to fucking ask Pound mean. Carrie Peterson filmed this, by the way, UHS how much did you weigh back then? I don’t remember, but I think I lied to him about my weight. I it’s probably 20 pounds lighter. Uh, 15 pounds lighter than I am now i’s probably, I probably told him I was one 50, but I was probably 1 55. Look at, that’s crazy. That’s Acra solid 1 25 Asshole Mason. God damnit not dead in it. I I never weighed 1 25. Never in my life. The first time I got on a scale I ever sat on a scale. I probably weighed 1 45. That’s crazy though. I was so afraid his arm was gonna snap off.


Did you play that in seven second increments?

Caleb Beaver (17:13):

No. My cat was trying to buy my headphones

Sevan Matossian (17:16):

Off. So you just got us a strike cuz you’re a cat. Ums. Why did the show get pulled down for a week? Oh, cuz Caleb’s cat, uh, needed, um, to be pet.

Caleb Beaver (17:24):

It was less than seven seconds. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (17:27):

Okay. Uh, Kenneth Walters looks like the strong man in the Midget Act, uh, at the circus. That’s pretty intimate right there too to do with The Strange Man. I, I mean, that’s the first day I ever met him.

Caleb Beaver (17:42):


Sevan Matossian (17:44):

Yeah. First time I’d ever met him. Ever. That’s the impression. Live. I I didn’t think of it like this. I’m not gonna like this next statement. That’s the impression I, I leave with, uh, people. I, um, they see me and they’re just, I just look like a little bite-sized human. So they’re like, oh, can I do Turkish? Get it with you. Another grown ass man. Can I throw you over this wall? You get to the other side, unlock the door. Uh, whatever happened to Christian Lucero? Fair question. When we have, um, max on the show, we can ask. I I heard he, um, excuse me, I heard he, he became a Navy Seal or something?

Caleb Beaver (18:21):

He did. Cause I was trying to find out about that a while back and then I dove into his wife’s Instagram and then I kind of surmised a few things.

Sevan Matossian (18:32):

Oh, is he in the military?

Caleb Beaver (18:34):


Sevan Matossian (18:35):

Oh, cool. Someone on our thread just asked, why is it called A G H D? It’s like

Caleb Beaver (18:41):

Glu hand developer. Come on

Sevan Matossian (18:42):

Man. I know. I even, I knew that. I don’t wanna say who it is. Se he looks so tiny. I do look tiny there. He’s huge. Max is huge. You have to understand that. I’m not that tiny. Alright. Uh, so that was the c d c director. Uh, Mandy. I don’t, I don’t, I don’t know if she has to be approved approved or anything by the Senate or Congress or some committee, but I know that she’s gonna be replacing, uh, Walinski. I know she’s incredibly pro. 49 ERs. Um, she gave it to her kids. She had no problem with Pfizer doing a trial on 3000 kids, which is just nuts. One 40. I will tell you this, you know, my, my partner at CrossFit at the time, his name was, uh, Carrie Peterson. We did everything together. And Lauren, uh, and Greg, the owners of CrossFit referred to it as Savon and his good looking friend, the good and, and or there would be me and or they would always call it the good looking guy. The good looking one that always kind of stung a little bit. There was a strong insinuation that I was not nice to look at.


No, I was never dumped in a trash can as a freshman. But I appreciate you asking Dick

Caleb Beaver (20:01):


Sevan Matossian (20:04):

That’s like asking one of those questions that like, it’s not even a question. You know what I mean? It’s a statement in the question.

Caleb Beaver (20:14):

You were dumped in the trashcan.

Sevan Matossian (20:16):

No, I was not <laugh>, but but they, they, they’re just gonna make that assumption. Look, there he is. Oh shit. Wow. Fancy. I don’t know if we’re allowed to show that shot. It’s them naked. Do you see it down there?

Caleb Beaver (20:32):

Yeah, I think I see his cock balls again.

Sevan Matossian (20:34):

Wow. The, uh, <laugh> It is, the camera is pointing it down. Uh, I did not get a swirly. I did not get a swirly. You know what a swirly is, Caleb? Yeah.

Caleb Beaver (20:45):

You get your head dunked in the toilet and maybe just flush the toilet on your

Sevan Matossian (20:47):

Head. Yeah, that would suck. Yeah. Rhetorical question. Thanks Sonny. Thanks for the fucking grammar lesson. Syntax lesson. I know how the English language works. What’s up Max? Can’t hear you. Oh, he is muted himself. Oh. Oh, that would be awesome if that’s the only problem.

Max Mormont (21:09):


Sevan Matossian (21:10):

I think,

Max Mormont (21:10):

Oh, we’ll see.

Sevan Matossian (21:12):

You’re good.

Max Mormont (21:13):

Always humbled by electronics.

Sevan Matossian (21:17):

That is good. I like that. I like this shot.

Max Mormont (21:19):

Uh, yeah. I’m fucking ready to break shit.

Sevan Matossian (21:22):

Hey, can you bring the mic close to your mouth?

Max Mormont (21:24):

Yeah. I’ll, I’ll put my finger next to your mouth.

Sevan Matossian (21:27):

Your Thank you. I always love your thing next to my mouth. What’s up, dude?

Max Mormont (21:32):

Um, just fucking excited to be here with you, brother.

Sevan Matossian (21:35):

Oh. Uh, where are you right now?

Max Mormont (21:37):

I am actually at CrossFit Costa Mesa in our gym. Um, I would call it a podcast, but the be the fact that it took a shit so bad, um, I don’t know what the fuck it is at this point.

Sevan Matossian (21:47):

Well, you sound really good now. Everything’s working. Hey, um, I, when I go to the coach’s, uh, page, I see a picture of your wife, but I don’t see a picture of you.

Max Mormont (21:57):

You’re welcome.

Sevan Matossian (21:58):

Okay, fine. That’s cool. Yeah. Is that on purpose? Is that, are you the owner and like you think it’s, it’s, uh, you shouldn’t put yourself front and center like you should glorify

Max Mormont (22:07):

The other? A little bit of both. A little bit of both. I don’t actually coach as much as I used to. Okay. I’m not a primary coach. Okay. I’m not the face of the gym. Um, you know, these kids, these kids are holding it down more than anything else. Uh, we had a remnants of 250 go down all the way down to 35 members and then we were like, fucking hobos there. Covid going to multiple locations. We lost our, our spot.

Sevan Matossian (22:31):

Wait a sec. Oh shit. You lost your location and 215 members during the pandemic, so. Oh,

Max Mormont (22:37):

Yeah. It was, you were damned if you do and you were damned if you don’t. At one point I just told everybody, get the fuck outta here. You follow me if you want to, and you don’t and you don’t.

Sevan Matossian (22:44):

I’m surprised you didn’t go to jail.

Max Mormont (22:47):

Uh, I’ve ba I’ve battled the cities for a year and a half just to get a permit for the Gym

Sevan Matossian (22:53):

Pro on its inception.

Max Mormont (22:56):

Yeah. When we tried to go back in

Sevan Matossian (22:58):

What year did you originally open the gym?

Max Mormont (23:00):

Uh, they opened CrossFit Costa Mesa in 2009. Wow. I was with CrossFit Balboa in 2007, 2008 before John did some shady shit. And

Sevan Matossian (23:11):

Then that’s when I met you.

Max Mormont (23:12):

Yeah. And then I was with CrossFit around 2005, 2004, 2006, somewhere around there.

Sevan Matossian (23:18):

That, that, that um, video of you doing the Turkish Get up with me. What gym is that?

Max Mormont (23:23):

That would be CrossFit Balboa Or maybe it was actually CrossFit Newport Beach. Yeah. With Mackenzie when we were Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (23:30):

Mackenzie. Cause CrossFit Balboa wasn’t even really a, it was just ati, it was just under his house, right?

Max Mormont (23:35):

Yeah, it was in the Cannery Lofts. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (23:37):

That’s in, um, that must be Mackenzie’s gym then.

Max Mormont (23:40):

Uh, CrossFit Newport.

Sevan Matossian (23:43):

Wow. Crazy old. That’s fucking long time ago.

Max Mormont (23:47):

Yeah. And what the

Sevan Matossian (23:47):

Fuck are those people doing in the background there? What are they doing? Are they even doing CrossFit

Max Mormont (23:51):

<laugh>? I think they’re personal training. I don’t know. Not my responsibility.

Sevan Matossian (23:56):

Wow. Oh, look at this. Uh, CrossFit Balboa was the first place I was ever charged a drop in fee. I don’t, that gym’s not around anymore, is it?

Max Mormont (24:04):

I think it is. I think, um,

Sevan Matossian (24:06):

In the same location?

Max Mormont (24:08):

No, no, not in the same location. I think Ben, I think Ben Oliver owns it and, uh, I tried to acquire it from him at some point. Uh, but he didn’t, he wa there was rumors that he wanted to sell it and so I showed back up and was like, Hey, I’ll take this fucking thing back. <laugh>

Sevan Matossian (24:23):

Cross the Balboa.

Max Mormont (24:24):

Yeah. Yeah. I was gonna buy it back. It was my original gym that I started. Absolutely.

Sevan Matossian (24:28):

You. Oh, you started cross the

Max Mormont (24:29):

Balboa? Yeah. I fucking trained John. There were some shenanigans with him and fucking McKenzie John was trying to get back to Baltimore. Uh, I was helping him out, getting him ready before he went back and got cut and it, we got, uh, approached, I got approached by, um, CrossFit to start talking with him when I was up at Santa Cruz. And then we came home and I was like, nah, fuck that shit. I don’t want to, I don’t wanna mess around with these guys. And then more and more, McKenzie was kind of blowing him off and they were kind of trying to figure it out. And then I started coaching him and then he developed CrossFit football through us. Going to see Rip. And another guy named, um, I can’t think of his name. Poor guy. Um, there was a, there was a speed and agility guy that we used as well.


And um, we just developed the program from there. But that was, that was two years, and then two years of me really not getting paid. And then in the con in the process, we were gonna develop, this is actually pretty badass. So this is before the actual CrossFit Games is in StubHub and they’re gonna develop a, um, you know, online and they’re gonna do this shit and fucking at the StubHub Center. And we were talking to Under Armour in regards to developing a CrossFit combine where Joe Schmo would come out and we would be able to get a non-professional man to get to the nfl. And that was, that was the concept behind that. Wow.

Sevan Matossian (25:59):

Wow. Yeah,

Max Mormont (26:00):

A lot of money showed up and that shit got weird.

Sevan Matossian (26:03):

Oh yeah. That, that can happen. Uh, so just to kind of go back for a second, this is really old school shit. Uh, they’re talking about, uh, John Wellborn was in the movie Every second Counts. He was a football player in the nfl. I don’t remember. He played for a long fucking time. He was a good dude. He was on the line. Yeah. Good dude. Giant. He was good at, at, uh, football. He was a giant dude and, um, really good at football. And, uh, so he opened a gym called CrossFit Balboa. He ended up being in the movie. Um, every single we

Max Mormont (26:29):

Opened opened a gym. We

Sevan Matossian (26:30):

Opened a gym. Okay. So sorry. The Max and him opened a gym. And that’s how originally I met Max, I believe. Right?

Max Mormont (26:37):

Absolutely. Actually we probably met at Santa Cruz, um, when

Sevan Matossian (26:40):

I, before then

Max Mormont (26:41):

Was going up there.

Sevan Matossian (26:42):

Yeah. Okay. Then yeah, that

Max Mormont (26:43):

Was when I, I met more to Tony Budding and those guys.

Sevan Matossian (26:46):

And, and there was a, and there was a, the community was really small back then. There was like, uh, um, you know, max John, Brian McKenzie, obviously the Glassman’s, uh, Steve, uh, Serrano was down there too, right? The cop dude. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Serrano and, and it was a, it was, it was really a tight group. And, um, max, what Max was saying is that he was working with John and Mackenzie was working with John. I think Kelly Star was probably in the mix somewhere there too. Um,

Max Mormont (27:13):

Fuck. Even Lauren Cordain, even Lauren Cordain was hanging out with us every once in a while.

Sevan Matossian (27:17):

No shit. The, the, the lady who’s fucking all over IG and the fucking jumbled No,

Max Mormont (27:21):

The dude with the paleo diet.

Sevan Matossian (27:23):

Oh. Oh. You know, I was thinking, hang,

Max Mormont (27:25):

Hang, I don’t hang out with chicks, bro. So <laugh>, you

Sevan Matossian (27:28):

Know, I’m talking about the chick with the, the, the, the cordain’s, uh, the woman and the man, they got, uh, the real estate empire. They got the big 7 47. Fuck that’s about anyway, uh, and shit was growing very fast back then. And so that’s what some of that stuff Max was talking about was, was in that space. And I didn’t know that. I didn’t know John was trying to go, um, back to the nfl or if I did, I’d forgotten to

Max Mormont (27:52):

Get, well he was trying to go for I think his 10th or his 11th year and then in the, in the mix of it all. Um, we were

Sevan Matossian (27:59):

Actually, oh, I do remember that. Yeah. He was chance

Max Mormont (28:01):

He had a good, a good

Sevan Matossian (28:01):

Chance to Patriots or something.

Max Mormont (28:03):

Uh, yeah, Patriots, I think even Baltimore at one time. Okay. He had a good, he had a good opportunity here at the end. He was, he was good and old, so he did well.

Sevan Matossian (28:13):

I didn’t, um, I, I did, I don’t think I asked Max to do that to me. I think Max just called me over and said, Hey, grab my arm. Uh, I need to hear Howson asked him to use him for a Turkish getup. I don’t, I don’t

Max Mormont (28:25):

Think it started, it started with, uh, John, John talking shit. So one big thing with the football players is obviously I wasn’t a football player, but I was pretty fucking strong. And, um, I would always teach them how to recover and stay longer. Like, you know, uh, longer inside the, the league. Most of the guys that I got were in that like eighth, 10th year or fifth year to acquire long <laugh> longevity in the N F L. And so, um, we were talking about shoulder strength in the ability to do that. And then in the process John said, Hey, do you think you can actually turk a skit up him? And then I asked you your weight and I think you were like, uh, a smooth 1 52.

Sevan Matossian (29:01):

I think I lied to you also. I think I told you fi I think I was five pounds more than I really was

Max Mormont (29:06):

Like a weld muscled woman.

Sevan Matossian (29:07):

Yeah. I was probably 1 57. I told you 1 52. I didn’t want anyone to know.

Max Mormont (29:11):

I mean, that’s a, that’s a full on fight at 1 55. You meet a girl that’s 1 75, that’s a, that’s a full fight.

Sevan Matossian (29:17):

<laugh> me and her can go toe to toe.

Max Mormont (29:19):

You’re gonna have to close your hand, man. <laugh> any judgment you get online, well fuck it. That’s, that’s, you’re gonna have a choice. Uh, I mean, Gabby Garcia, Gabby Garcia walked into my gym one time and, uh, she trained outta here for a while and she’s such a big fucking girl that I immediately, she shadowed the door and I, I wasn’t fucking around. I got scared.

Sevan Matossian (29:39):

Uh, for sure. Do you have a lot of fighters at your

Max Mormont (29:42):

Gym? Uh, no. Not anymore. No. I mean, I helped Vitor Belfor, I helped out the Ruka guys, uh, the Brazilian Jiujitsu team. Yeah, shit like that for a while. Did

Sevan Matossian (29:52):

You have, um, uh, was Cyborg training there?

Max Mormont (29:55):

No, no, no, no. She’s over, I think at another CrossFit gym or chalk or some shit.

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