Arielle Loewen & Shelby Neal | 2023 CrossFit Games Prep

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Rotate. Is it possible to rotate your phone to

Arielle Loewen (00:02):

The sites for content? No, he is not the guy. That’s what you’re talking about.

Sevan Matossian (00:06):

Oh, you tried to use him. You tried to use Bam. We’re live. You tried to use him to help you make content.

Arielle Loewen (00:11):

Yeah. And he’s really good, but I know what I want, so I’ll be like, no, that’s not good. Let’s do it again. That’s not good. Let’s do it again. But he, he comes through like, that coffee video I had to do. He was awesome. We had to do quite a few takes for it.

Sevan Matossian (00:24):

Um, co uh, is that on your Instagram, your coffee video?

Arielle Loewen (00:28):

Yeah, it is. It’s, I just posted it for Paper Street. I have like, spoiler alert, I have like a huge coffee mug that I like walk out with.

Sevan Matossian (00:37):

Um, you know what I was really, uh, happy for slash Jealous was your mug. Oh, that one?

Arielle Loewen (00:45):

No, that one I actually Blakely took, believe it or not. So I’m training her up to earn her keep,

Sevan Matossian (00:53):

Yeah, yeah. Yours is, you’re talking about an actual video? It’s

Arielle Loewen (00:56):

A video, yeah. I’ll be in like a black top and a blue bottoms.

Sevan Matossian (01:02):

Is it

Arielle Loewen (01:02):

Go down, go down. Oh, there it is. Out there. Seems right around the corner. I’m trying to limit my caffeine intake, so I’m gonna only have one cup of coffee per day. So I probably had the games, right, like 20 different takes of me saying that, um, whatever little spiel at the beginning, because he would like put the big coffee pot in it accidentally. And I’m like, no, that’s too big of a spoiler. But he’s been really good with helping me make a Hey, make a living.

Sevan Matossian (01:41):

Hey, will you tap that mic on your, uh, I’m, I’m curious if that’s really your mic on your, just, just tap it. I, I don’t think that mic’s on

Arielle Loewen (01:49):


Sevan Matossian (01:50):

Yeah. Is so

Arielle Loewen (01:51):

Is it working?

Sevan Matossian (01:52):

No, I don’t think so. I think it’s your computer. Um, can you go to your settings and see if you can choose the mic? Is there an option for that?

Arielle Loewen (01:59):

I’m on my phone. Do you want me to just take off the headphones?

Sevan Matossian (02:03):

I don’t know. There’s a, there’s it, it’s crazy. Um, like hollow sounding. That’s what, it’s not bad, but it just makes me think that those aren’t actually doing anything.

Arielle Loewen (02:11):

Oh, let me take it off and put

Sevan Matossian (02:13):

It back. Can you hear me talking through that headset?

Arielle Loewen (02:16):


Sevan Matossian (02:17):

Oh, okay. Then maybe you’re right. Maybe it is working. Did you hear her when she was tapping on it? Susa, did you hear it? No. Like if you tap on the mic. Oh, much better.

Arielle Loewen (02:26):

Okay. I just had to flip ’em around.

Sevan Matossian (02:28):

Oh, shit. Flip what? Around the phone? Around?

Arielle Loewen (02:31):

No. Uh, so I, I have good AirPods, but Dylan takes mine every time. So these are just the old school. For some reason he won’t take the ones with the wire. So I just had to flip around the connection.

Sevan Matossian (02:44):

What do you mean flip it around? Oh, just like plugged into your, oh, in your phone. Just take it onto No shit. Okay. Well look at you. That easy. I would’ve ever thought that’s like some old school shit. Yeah. Yeah. Now it’s working. Oh, much better. Sweet. Yeah. Look, even this guy knows Dooley. Better. Better.

Arielle Loewen (03:00):

Thanks. Doley.

Sevan Matossian (03:02):

Uh, PA uh, I’d like your paper street coffee mug. I, because I don’t, I don’t ever drink out of a mug that’s shaped like this.

Arielle Loewen (03:10):

Why not?

Sevan Matossian (03:11):

Because I, I prefer this kind.

Arielle Loewen (03:13):

Okay. That was my dilemma because I have your c e o mug. Yeah. And I, I literally sent Dylan a picture and I was like, do you like this mug? Or the c e o mug? And he’s like, I think I like it better without the handle.

Sevan Matossian (03:23):

Yeah. No handle. And then I can’t take this in my car either.

Arielle Loewen (03:28):

Oh, okay. Cool. You helped. No, that makes me feel better. ’cause I had the choice between the two.

Sevan Matossian (03:34):

You made the right choice.

Arielle Loewen (03:35):


Sevan Matossian (03:36):

You. Yeah. You made, you definitely made the right choice.

Arielle Loewen (03:38):

Yeah. I have a graphic designer friend in town, and he actually, that lion on the wall is actually a, a lion we have in our house, like artwork. And this year when he was designing my stuff for the games, he’s like, send me a picture of that lion. And so he literally took the lion and incorporated my name in there. So he’s a genius.

Sevan Matossian (03:58):


Arielle Loewen (04:00):

Yeah. Basically. But like, changed a few things. So it’s Okay.

Sevan Matossian (04:04):

So you don’t get the cease and desist.

Arielle Loewen (04:05):

Yeah. So it’s not the exact same paper, you know, change a few things.

Sevan Matossian (04:11):

I, um, people would hate to drink coffee. The way I drink coffee, basically what I do is, is I put a shot of espresso in here and then fill the rest up with hot water. But that way I can just milk it all day.

Arielle Loewen (04:22):

Do you know what that’s called? Savon?

Sevan Matossian (04:24):


Arielle Loewen (04:25):

An Americano.

Sevan Matossian (04:27):

I know, but, but I think I put, but I, but I think I put too much water. Look how big this cup is.

Arielle Loewen (04:31):

Oh, that is huge.

Sevan Matossian (04:32):

You know, you know what I mean? It should probably be like three shots or four shots of Look it. Look, Trish already knows. It’s disgusting. Yeah. It’s basically just water <laugh> at that point. But,

Arielle Loewen (04:43):

But does it stay hot all day or do you end up with a cold brew?

Sevan Matossian (04:46):

No, no. I, no, it does not stay hot all day, but I can milk it. So if I’m going, like, if I’m driving the boys an hour somewhere and then an hour back, I can just sip on my coffee the whole way.

Arielle Loewen (04:55):

You mean your water?

Sevan Matossian (04:57):

Correct. Thank you. Your,

Arielle Loewen (04:58):

Your bean water.

Sevan Matossian (04:59):

My, my honesty. Look at this guy. Brendan Laco. Brendan Laco. Uh, I love seeing athletes, so down to earth and then turn into monsters on the competition floor. Let’s go, Ariel.

Arielle Loewen (05:10):

Thank you. The goal is to turn into a monster on the floor. I feel like usually I’m just kind of like having fun, good vibe, but I, I wanna get hungry this year and I, I wanna see good things. So thanks Brandon.

Sevan Matossian (05:25):

Uh, Brandon Lacock. If you go to this guy’s Instagram account and you drop into his dms and tell him why you would like a pair of free tickets. He has a pair of free tickets to the CrossFit games this year. Really? We will be way tonight. Tonight. Wow.

Arielle Loewen (05:40):

Yeah. Vonne, you, I heard a rumor you are going, is that correct?

Sevan Matossian (05:45):

Um, I, I, I am, I am having, um, not delusions of grandeur, but, um, I, I’m, I’m, I’m seriously thought thinking about it. I laid out all my camera gear on my dining room table.

Arielle Loewen (06:00):

Love it. I also heard another rumor.

Sevan Matossian (06:03):

I sent a proposition to do the behind the scenes. Dave, I sent a, uh, I’ve never told anyone that yet.

Arielle Loewen (06:08):

What, what does a proposition look like for something like that?

Sevan Matossian (06:12):

It’s like, type up a a page and saying, uh, dear Dave, um, as the creator of more, uh, CrossFit content than anyone who walks planet Earth today, and the creator of the behind the scenes, which had the most views in the history of any content in the history of, I would like to propose that I come to the CrossFit games and do the behind the scenes again.

Arielle Loewen (06:32):

Would you be ready in a week and a half?

Sevan Matossian (06:36):

I got my tickets to Chicago.

Arielle Loewen (06:39):

Wow. So you’re, you’re, you’re, you’re low key. You’re ready for it.

Sevan Matossian (06:45):

I’m ready.

Arielle Loewen (06:46):

And how long do they take to respond to something like that?

Sevan Matossian (06:49):

Uh, the day. Never, they’ll never respond the day before. Um, hey, but the cool thing is that, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so, um, excited to like, talk to everyone. So we sent out invitations to all the games athletes, all 80, uh, and, and, and a bunch of coaches so that when I go there, people, the athletes, if they, if I do film there, the athletes that wanna film with me will already feel comfortable.

Arielle Loewen (07:14):

That’s great.

Sevan Matossian (07:16):

And the cool thing about the behind the scenes is you, it can be anybody. It doesn’t even matter. It doesn’t matter who they are. You don’t need the champs. You just need, uh, any athletes will give you access and intimacy, you know, with, with their process. And it’s gold.

Arielle Loewen (07:31):

Well, that’s why yours are so great. I mean, we, we watched the documentary, which was great, but it was everything we already knew. Yeah. Like, I wanna watch a documentary and find out stuff I had no idea happened.

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

Yeah. We wanna see Ariel and Dylan duking it out in the back.

Arielle Loewen (07:44):

That’s right. You wanna see whenever they release something, Dylan’s the first one to try it backstage. You wanna see his first try and then everybody else’s first try. <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (07:56):

Yes. Hey, what do you mean he’s the first one to try it? If they, what do you mean by that? Oh,

Arielle Loewen (08:00):

Uh, we’re just me and Dylan. Part of how I relaxed during competition is I’m just goofy. So let’s say there’s like double under crossovers. Like there were last year, he’ll be like, oh, let me try, and then he’ll try and do it. And then once it’s time for me to actually warm up and prepare, I’ll get up from sitting down watching and try it. He, so he’s like the, the Guinea pig.

Sevan Matossian (08:19):

Does he get your coaches’ pass?

Arielle Loewen (08:21):

Hey, so this is my, this is our conspiracy. Me and Dylan were talking about this yesterday. We think you asked 80 athletes to come on mm-hmm. <affirmative> secretly. It’s so you can get one of our coaches pass. Confirm or deny,

Sevan Matossian (08:36):

Dude. Totally, totally fair,

Arielle Loewen (08:41):

Dude. Uh, so we did say, if you rock paper, scissors Dylan and win, he said, which you can have him on. He said, you can have the coaches pass.

Sevan Matossian (08:51):

Um, I will say that one <laugh>. That’s very nice of him. I’m just kidding. Uh, I, I will say that one of the things in the proposal was that, uh, I get to, um, get into Dave’s car every morning at 5:00 AM

Arielle Loewen (09:07):

Is that what Dave does?

Sevan Matossian (09:08):

Yeah. Or, or earlier. And so in the years past, every morning I would, I would start filming the behind the scenes. I would meet him in the parking lot at the Edgewater Hotel, and I would jump in the car and every morning the behind the scenes would start like that.

Arielle Loewen (09:20):

And so, so why, why Dave’s car and why not B’S car?

Sevan Matossian (09:24):

Uh, if, if Boz was gonna be the guy, I could be B’S car. That’s a great, that’s a great point. Okay. Yeah. Um, I, I, I called Boz the other day to make sure it, me and him are still, uh, simpatico. Is that, is that right? Simpatico. Nice. That we’re still nice. That we’re

Arielle Loewen (09:40):

Good. Did did he answer? Did he pick up? Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (09:41):

Yeah, yeah. He said we’re good. Okay, good. He gave me, uh, um, he slapped me around a little bit, but he said, we’re good. We’re good.

Arielle Loewen (09:48):

<laugh>. So you’re, you’re getting on everybody’s good side. I like

Sevan Matossian (09:51):

It. I’m trying.

Arielle Loewen (09:52):


Sevan Matossian (09:53):

I’m trying. And I have a top secret meeting today at, at two o’clock. Did I tell you that? Susa? I did tell you that. Right? No, I have a top secret meeting today too. Oh. Maybe I’ll tell you guys about it tomorrow.

Arielle Loewen (10:06):

What a spoiler.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

Allegra. R what a

Arielle Loewen (10:08):


Sevan Matossian (10:09):

Uh, bring, bring behind the scenes back. No better content. I remember watching ’em in 2011 and 12. That’s what got me hooked on CrossFit.

Arielle Loewen (10:17):

Yeah. We watched it not too long ago. Your first behind the scenes every second counts probably six months ago. It’s a classic.

Sevan Matossian (10:25):

It is a classic, right? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>, uh, paper Street Coffee, meet you at 4:45 AM with a coffee

Arielle Loewen (10:31):

And an aerial mug. Throw that in there.

Sevan Matossian (10:33):

Yeah. <laugh>. Hey. Um, will you be going to the, uh, will you have time to go to the Paper Street co coffee booth? Or is even thinking about that stuff too stressful? Is it like, okay. I plan to, if it’s easy,

Arielle Loewen (10:48):

I’d say I would, I would plan to, if it’s easy, I do love Paper Street, so I’d make an effort to go. But I, that’s something easily, I would say, Hey Dylan, can you go grab me a coffee from Paper Street?

Sevan Matossian (10:58):

And he would do it. Right, right. I just meant because they were your sponsor. Like I, I know. Oh yeah, I know. He’s a, he’s, um, uh, Gabe’s easy to work with. So he would be like, Hey, if you can come by, come by. If you don’t, don’t Yeah. But other, other sponsors might be like, Hey, you have an obligation to come by for 30 minutes at this time.

Arielle Loewen (11:12):

Yeah, they haven’t. And I know I would get too overwhelmed, so I haven’t even entertained the thought at all. Okay. But, you know, paper Street is awesome.

Sevan Matossian (11:22):

Yeah. Look at Gabe’s already, like, no need. No need. I know

Arielle Loewen (11:25):

If I don’t even wanna throw this out there. No, I won’t even throw that out there. But if Paper Street wants me to come by, I absolutely will.

Sevan Matossian (11:32):

Yeah. They, they do want you. He’s just not gonna say it. ’cause he doesn’t want to pressure you. No, no. At, at the end of the day, everyone wants to see the athletes do the best they can. Right, right. So you want everything to be fun for them and easy for them.

Arielle Loewen (11:44):

Yeah. And this is the one weekend that I like, am actually extremely selfish as far as my time. If I need food, Hey, Dylan, go me food, please go get me water. And I have like four days of the year. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Yeah. That I can just solely focus on myself and I eat it up.

Sevan Matossian (12:02):

Um, when you say that, um, you, you would like to turn into a monster on the four floor, you’d like to get after it, what do you mean exactly? Do you think in the, in the past you haven’t been aggressive enough?

Arielle Loewen (12:11):

Oh yeah. So look at semifinals. I don’t know if you watched at all in California.

Sevan Matossian (12:16):

I did. I did.

Arielle Loewen (12:17):

Going into the last event, I was comfortably with a game ticket first place by like a couple points. And I didn’t fight to hold onto first play and be on top of the podium. I was just like, I’m going to the games. Let’s just get through this last event and have fun. Hurrah. And then coming off the floor, I was like, I just lost first place because I didn’t really fight for it. I didn’t really care in the moment. So I don’t want any events like that at the games. Only give my best and give my all and just see what the outcome is.

Sevan Matossian (12:49):

You went into that event in first place?

Arielle Loewen (12:52):

Yeah, I did with a couple points. Uh, maybe like five point buffer over Crin. And then I went from first to third in that last event. So that one stung a little bit.

Sevan Matossian (13:04):

Uh, and it says here, you took 11th place. Um, where do you think you could have, um, where do you, where do you think you could have improved? Like, where do you think you could have hung? Do you think you could have, did you get off on the toes to bar or do you think, where do you think you could have gone harder?

Arielle Loewen (13:19):

Um, my brain.

Sevan Matossian (13:21):


Arielle Loewen (13:22):

It was one of those just like, okay, you’re holding 80 on the bike. Cool. That’s great. Instead of like, okay, be hungry for more. Try and hold 82. Try and hold 83. Just, I didn’t, like mentally I was too complacent in that workout.

Sevan Matossian (13:35):

Yeah. Interesting. Does, um, what does Dylan say to you? Or what do you Well, yeah. Who do you have a coach? Ariel. Do you have a coach? You don’t have a coach. You do have a coach.

Arielle Loewen (13:45):

Just Dylan. He’s like, bye. I call him, um, like my mental support coach. He’s there if I need water, if I need this, if I need anything. But I don’t have anybody coaching me strategically breaking down the workouts with me.

Sevan Matossian (13:59):

So, but so maybe he could have said something to you before you went out there too.

Arielle Loewen (14:03):

I wouldn’t have listened, unfortunately. Stop. It has to, one thing I’ve noticed is it has to come from between my ears. Otherwise I’m not gonna push hard and listen. So I have to work. So what I’ve been working on leading up to the games saying that is getting to the point where you’re dying. And then I have to be the one in between my ears. ’cause that’s who’s on the floor with me saying, okay, you feel good, go faster. Okay. You feel good, go faster. And I’ve learned that’s the only voice I’ll listen to. You can scream at me from the sidelines, but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna listen to you.

Sevan Matossian (14:37):

Interesting. Uh, um, you’re dying and then you tell yourself you feel good, go faster. Yeah.

Arielle Loewen (14:45):

And that’s the only voice that’s

Sevan Matossian (14:47):

Worked. Yeah. And that’s worked before. Yeah. God, I love it. Stop. Yeah. Who taught you that? So

Arielle Loewen (14:55):

I don’t think anybody necessarily taught me that. I just had to self-reflect a lot when coaches in the past or people in the past were cheering me on. And it would almost tick me off in the moment. So I had to sit back and self-reflect after the workout was done and say, why am I mad right now? They’re cheering me on. Why did it trigger a negative emotion and not a positive encouraging? And so I just had to put the pieces together and realize they might be screaming at me to go faster, but they don’t understand the pain in my legs, the pain in my arms, the pain in my lungs, but like I do personally. So if I can self-assess and tell myself, your legs hurt, but guess what? You can be done in three minutes. Go a little bit faster. I’ll be like, you’re right. Okay. I will listen to you. I will go faster. I’ve just had to have like a helicopter moment and it works for me.

Sevan Matossian (15:47):

There’s that, there’s that book I’m Born to Run. And in it, there’s a guy running like the hardest ultra marathon in the world, a famous ultra marathon runner. I think he’s running it, uh, I think in the Mojave Desert in California. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And, um, he passes out or something like basically he faints and crashes on the side of the road. Okay. And he tells himself he has like these delusions of grandeur and he convinces himself that he hasn’t been running and that it’s the start of the race again. See? And he gets up and starts running again. And then I think he ends up winning the race. But he tells himself that he tricks himself, that it’s like there has been no race yet, even though he already pushed himself to exhaustion and passed out.

Arielle Loewen (16:28):

Isn’t that that ridiculous? So if you can, ridiculous. Yeah. If you can get your mind on that level and it’s internal, like you can convince yourself or lie to yourself enough that you’ll listen to yourself.

Sevan Matossian (16:42):

One of the things, Ariel, that’s so special and unique about women is their ability to grow babies inside of them.

Arielle Loewen (16:53):

<laugh>. I was wondering where you were going with that. I wonder, I thought you’re gonna, I thought you’re gonna be like, now that I identify as a woman, let me tell you to be like, no, Efan,

Sevan Matossian (17:04):

I’m a black man. I’m definitely not a woman. Uh, the vagina is a wonderful place, uh, that, um, is the, uh, entryway for all human beings, uh, in, into the world, their physical body at least. Anyway, and you have one of those, and you grew a baby inside of you that I presume that’s it to the, um, left of you there.

Arielle Loewen (17:30):


Sevan Matossian (17:32):

She’s covered. And there’ll be another, uh, one of those, uh, creatures that is you, a female that can grow babies in, uh, that has grown a baby in the competition. Is it just one?

Arielle Loewen (17:42):

I I believe so. Just Annie, right?

Sevan Matossian (17:45):


Arielle Loewen (17:46):


Sevan Matossian (17:47):

And last year, w were you, did you

Arielle Loewen (17:54):

I’m not the, I see this comment coming up. Yeah. I’m not the world’s fittest mom. You’re

Sevan Matossian (17:59):

The second fittest mom.

Arielle Loewen (18:00):

I am fittest American mom,

Sevan Matossian (18:03):


Arielle Loewen (18:04):

Mom, fittest mom in America.

Sevan Matossian (18:05):

God, wouldn’t it be nice to be fitter than Annie this year?

Arielle Loewen (18:08):

That would be wild. That’d be wild.

Sevan Matossian (18:12):

Hey, that’s so much. I, I think that that’s cooler than spirit of the games award. The game should do that. They should have an award that they, that they give either you or Annie this year for fittest mom on planet Earth.

Arielle Loewen (18:23):

That’d be cool then. Would they have,

Sevan Matossian (18:25):

You know what would be crazy? That would be controversial. I bet <laugh> probably that would be controversial as all get out. My

Arielle Loewen (18:35):

Would they have to do Fittest Dad then?

Sevan Matossian (18:38):

I don’t even, I hope. I hope not.

Arielle Loewen (18:41):

I don’t think the dad title is as heavy as the mom title though.

Sevan Matossian (18:45):

Title? No, no, no, no, no. Um, no. It’s, um, God, that’s, are you bringing your um, uh, offspring to the games?

Arielle Loewen (18:56):

No, no. We did last year. And it’s not for kids. Yeah. We learned that real quick. Yeah. So she’ll be with grandma and we’ll have a week long vacation in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sevan Matossian (19:06):

Hey, when you bring her last year and you realize right away that it was a mistake, that’s another obstacle you have to overcome too. Right. You just have to accept it. You have to be like, okay, I fucked this up.

Arielle Loewen (19:16):

Yeah. And we realized it day one after I won, elevated Elizabeth going home in the car, you know, sleeping situation. And we were just like, okay, we messed up, but we’ll know again for next year. And then I don’t even remember what all bad happened. It wasn’t necessarily bad. It was just not ideal. Recovery wasn’t ideal. Every day I’d wake up and I’d be hit with, okay, mom, are you done yet? Can we go play? And I’m like, no, we play every day. I just need four days to just do nothing. So just, it kept me in reality a little bit of, Hey, there’s a bigger pers purpose, but also this is kind of important. You don’t understand what’s about to go down these next three days.

Sevan Matossian (19:57):

The thing is too, is I’m probably, at least for me, it’s like this, anytime they ask for something, you want to do it. Yeah.

Arielle Loewen (20:06):

And then I, I got, yeah, go

Sevan Matossian (20:08):

Ahead. No, no, you go ahead.

Arielle Loewen (20:10):

Then I had a little bit of mom guilt and I’m like, here I am pursuing my dream. This is amazing. I want her here selfishly to watch me be awesome. All that selfish stuff. And then at the end of the day, it was a reality check. Like, she does not care if I won an event the night before or if I get top 10 or not. She’s like, I just want you to hang out with me and play with me. Quality time. It was a good reality check, but also gave me a little, a little reality check to myself of, Hey selfishly, you wanted to bring her for her to see you. She didn’t like it. Spoiler alert. Kids don’t love big sporting events. So we learned this year that she will have fun doing kids stuff. There’s a big waterpark in Dallas, which is about a few hours away. She’s gonna go to a waterpark with my mom and just do kid stuff.

Sevan Matossian (20:54):

Yeah, that’s awesome. Uh, when I do the evening podcasts and my kids are like, like, now they’re asleep, so they don’t say anything. But if I do a podcast at night, they’re like, oh man, we thought we were gonna get to work out with you or go in the front yard and ride bikes. And the truth is, is like, I’d rather do that.

Arielle Loewen (21:09):

Yeah, exactly.

Sevan Matossian (21:10):

But, but I wanna do this too. But it’s like, um, if I think if you’re a good parent and your kid asks for something, you feel compelled to do it. And Yeah. I, I agree. That’s not a place for a three-year-old to be tugging on the heartstrings of, of their

Arielle Loewen (21:23):

Mom. No, no. And it’s hot, it’s uncomfortable. You sit all day and it, it, we should have known better, but now we do. So we will not make that mistake again.

Sevan Matossian (21:34):

Um, jetted is Nelson, uh, CrossFit athlete. I appreciate the self-reflection. Most athletes rely on someone else to recognize who they are, then try to embrace it. It goes much further to self-assess.

Arielle Loewen (21:47):

Yeah. And I think that’s part of the reason why I am self coached is I am able to self-reflect. And as bad as it hurts, I’m okay. If Dylan were to tell me like, Hey, you suck at the sandbag, you need to get better. I’m like, okay, you’re right. I will work on that.

Sevan Matossian (22:03):

God, I love this comment, man. Uh, fit his dad in my house and much fitter than my ex-wife’s new husband. I

Arielle Loewen (22:11):

Said, prove it <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (22:15):

Just go knock on the door at six in the morning and race him to a mile. Hey.

Arielle Loewen (22:18):


Sevan Matossian (22:19):

Me and you. Uh, hey,

Arielle Loewen (22:22):

Go ahead. Speaking of working out Sivan mm-hmm. <affirmative>. You can still do a legless rope climb.

Sevan Matossian (22:26):

Yeah. Crazy. I couldn’t even believe it.

Arielle Loewen (22:28):

You wanna know the most surprising part about that video for me though? What was that? You wear leggings?

Sevan Matossian (22:34):

No, they’re long Johns. They’re long Johns They’re old man. Long Johns. They’re long johns. Is that the same as leggings?

Arielle Loewen (22:40):

I don’t know the difference. I’ll be honest.

Sevan Matossian (22:42):

Long Johns have a little flap so you can pull your penis out of and pee. You wear ’em under your ski outfit. They’re, uh, you know what I mean? Long. I don’t even know what le leggings are. Like what girls wear.

Arielle Loewen (22:51):

Yeah. Okay. I thought they were leggings like you pull ’em up.

Sevan Matossian (22:55):

The, the truth is, is they might look like leggings. ’cause they might be My wife’s long Johns <laugh>.

Arielle Loewen (23:02):

I thought you were going for the Roman. Look Roman Koff.

Sevan Matossian (23:06):

I, um, I like to be, I like to be, when I work out, I like to be really warm. I like to already have like a little bead of sweat on me before I start. So I like to wear long Johns a sweatshirt. I like to pile on as much clothes as I can. I don’t, I do not wanna be, um, cold at all. Not cold. I don’t wanna be not hot.

Arielle Loewen (23:24):

What’s the temperature in your garage when you’re working out?

Sevan Matossian (23:27):

Good. It’s 70. Okay. 70 or 80 degrees. It’s good, but like, I don’t want, I don’t want that fan blowing on me on the bike. Look it, I’m already like, I’ve already been on the assault bike for 20 minutes. I’m sweaty as all

Arielle Loewen (23:37):

Get up. Yeah, you’re already sweaty.

Sevan Matossian (23:38):

Yeah. Those are 100% leggings, by the way. <laugh>. Oh shit.

Arielle Loewen (23:42):


Sevan Matossian (23:44):

I don’t think that’s true. You don’t think those have a little flap in the front that your cock falls out of?

Arielle Loewen (23:49):

You think your wife would have that if they were her leg? <laugh>?

Sevan Matossian (23:52):

No. No. Maybe they are. Maybe they are.

Arielle Loewen (23:55):

I It’s okay. You still got the rope climb

Sevan Matossian (23:57):

Still counts. I’m and, and look it, I planted a guava tree right under the rope and I don’t have the fucking balls to cut down that guava tree.

Arielle Loewen (24:04):

Wow. We just planted some trees in our front yard too.

Sevan Matossian (24:08):

What’d you plant?

Arielle Loewen (24:08):

We planted a mesquite tree, which is very tech Texas, and then a cedar elm. And they are gorgeous.

Sevan Matossian (24:18):

I have this issue with, um, uh, not, um, of planting anything that doesn’t bear fruit.

Arielle Loewen (24:24):


Sevan Matossian (24:25):

Yeah. It just doesn’t seem practical to me.

Arielle Loewen (24:28):

So what kind of trees do you have?

Sevan Matossian (24:29):

I’m very dogmatic. Like cherry, apple, plum, apricot, peach, grapevines, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, ot, local. You,

Arielle Loewen (24:44):

We are so opposite Savon. We are going for a desert landscape. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So we have our desert, literally desert trees and our flower beds. Are you ready for this cactus and the like, spiky thorn. They’re really tall and beautiful, but there’s like four branches and they’re just like green with thorns on them. So

Sevan Matossian (25:07):

You, is there a picture on your, uh, Instagram of your landscape?

Arielle Loewen (25:10):

No. I try not to put pictures of the front of my house on social media. I’ll do the inside, but not the front. But I, I can send you a picture of the landscape. Dylan actually did it and he did an awesome job.

Sevan Matossian (25:22):

Uh, um, that’s so that you don’t get stalkers

Arielle Loewen (25:26):

Just to be safe. I mean, have you heard of the, of course. You probably have the Sound of Freedom movie. Like, I don’t really want people knowing where I live, where my daughter lives, wants your family.

Sevan Matossian (25:36):

You know, someone sent me yesterday a link of why you shouldn’t put your kids on social media. Believe it. But every reason on there was just bullshit. But, but it was a really scary, um, it was a really scary, uh, it was basically all around AI that people are gonna take your kids’ image, your kid’s voice, and they’re gonna do all this crazy shit around ai. But, but they’re gonna do that anyway.

Arielle Loewen (26:02):

Right? Some, some ignorance is bliss, but some things if I can control it, yeah, a little bit. I’ll try to Yeah, like bumper, bumper stickers. I’m not gonna put bumper sticker my daughter’s name where she goes to gymnastics. Like, you’re just gonna see my car. That’s it.

Sevan Matossian (26:18):

Yeah. I’m not a bumper sticker fan either. No. Plus I don’t wanna upset anyone with some of my I ideas on my car and then they fucking throw a rock at me or cut me off. Or

Arielle Loewen (26:28):

You have bold ideas so on. Never. Yeah. So, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (26:33):

Um, I, uh, the, when, if I go to the games this year, those ideas, I’ll keep them all inside of me. Well, actually, I can’t promise that. Nevermind.

Arielle Loewen (26:47):

No, that’s the good stuff. Look, semi the good stuff.

Sevan Matossian (26:52):

Uh, is there a goal? Ariel going to the games?

Arielle Loewen (26:57):

I have three different goals. Okay. Three different goals. One of them is very tangible. I think 90% of the athletes have the same goal be top 10. Okay. Boring, vanilla, basic. But for me it’s like, okay, last year I got 11th, top 10. I don’t feel like that’s out of the question. I’m moving, hopefully moving up one place, but it, it’s so much deeper than that. So top 10, that’d be great. That’s a way that I can tangibly see that I improved this year based on the leaderboard, the competition, et cetera. I really want to come outta the games healthy. And me and Dylan don’t take that many vacations. So this will be a week of just us in Madison. So I really want just like, quality time with my husband. Have fun backstage, meet some cool people. And then lastly, I, I really want, I wanna be different. Like, I want people if they run into me in the street or backstage, wherever I want to, like genuinely be nice to them, genuinely show love to them and just, I’m there for more than CrossFit and I want that to show.

Sevan Matossian (28:06):

Um, I wanna go up to this. Uh, let’s go through these real quick. Uh, one by one. Um, uh, meaning when you say the top 10 thing, what I’m hearing you say is it’s just to get your head wrapped around something, but really you wanna win the games,

Arielle Loewen (28:22):

Honestly. So this is Okay. Okay. Two parts. Yeah. I ha sometimes I have crazy dreams. I had a dream two weeks ago that I tied for fifth place. I’m not gonna tell you who with, ’cause it’ll discredit the dream

Sevan Matossian (28:37):

First. Wow. They, wow. Wow. So I was it me? Was it me?

Arielle Loewen (28:41):

No, it was Mal O’Brien and she’s not even

Sevan Matossian (28:43):

There. <laugh>. Oh, that was easy. You cracked like a, you cracked easy. I know. Okay, good. I like, it’s

Arielle Loewen (28:48):

Just a funny dream. Gabby McGall won the games in my dream.

Sevan Matossian (28:51):

By the way, anyone who knows people like you who has real dreams knows that like, some shit can be like wiggly.

Arielle Loewen (28:57):

So like Yeah, exactly. Like,

Sevan Matossian (28:59):

Like you may in your dream it looked like Mal, but it was really Alex Gaza. Like everyone, like everyone who, right. Yeah. So I’m with

Arielle Loewen (29:05):

You. But there were a few things. I remember Gabby was in first Gabby McGall end of the weekend, won the games. I was tied for fifth place. Laura Horvath got six. That’s all I remember. And I remember I actually won the last event at the games. Yeah. And then tied for fifth. Take it with a grain of salt. I don’t, sometimes I dream that like I’m, I’m tangled by a snake, but I’ve never been tangled by a snake, so I don’t take it too much to heart. But if it happens, God gave me a dream. And that happened. <laugh>,

Sevan Matossian (29:35):

I could see you first. I winning the last event too. I just saw it in my mind’s eye.

Arielle Loewen (29:38):


Sevan Matossian (29:39):

Yeah. I could see you crossing the finish line. Last event. Winning.

Arielle Loewen (29:42):

Cool. I hope, I hope I crossed the finish line. I love it. And then also, I, I always like, every morning I wake up, read my Bible and I’ll just pick a section I wanna read. So right now I’m in First Chronicles and Second Chronicles and it’s all about Kings and they.

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