Christine Kolenbrander HWPO | 2023 CrossFit Games Prep

Sevan Matossian (00:01):


Christine Kolenbrander (00:01):

You hear me okay?

Sevan Matossian (00:02):

Yep. And just like that, bam, I left back at it. You don’t look like, uh, some of the pictures I’ve seen you where you’re, you’re sweating balls in, uh, Vermont

Christine Kolenbrander (00:17):

<laugh>. I’m not in Vermont right now, but I think it’s hotter here than in Vermont.

Sevan Matossian (00:21):

Oh, where are you?

Christine Kolenbrander (00:22):

Um, Missouri. Missouri,

Sevan Matossian (00:25):

Missouri. Um, is, is that, is that home for you?

Christine Kolenbrander (00:29):

No. Well, now it’s home. I grew up in Michigan.

Sevan Matossian (00:32):

Okay. So you’re, you’re, I, I watched your, uh, the Buttery Bross video with you up there at H W P O. Awesome. Video.

Christine Kolenbrander (00:40):

Video. Yeah. They did a good job.

Sevan Matossian (00:43):

Do you have fun doing that?

Christine Kolenbrander (00:44):

The video or the Vermont? Yeah,

Sevan Matossian (00:46):

You did? Both. Both. But specifically the video,

Christine Kolenbrander (00:50):

Um, every time that I do like a recording like that, I always walk away from it thinking I should have said this, or I hope I didn’t, don’t sound stupid. And then when I like hear it, I’m like, oh, that wasn’t so bad, <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (01:04):

No, no, it was great. It was great. Yeah. You guys look great. You and Karin came out looking great. Uh, Heber and Marge, did you guys write?

Christine Kolenbrander (01:12):

Yeah, they’re awesome. They’re really good at editing too. I probably did say some stupid stuff, but they left it up. <laugh>,

Sevan Matossian (01:19):

They had your back. Yeah. Hey, um, how did, how long have you been with Hard Work pays off?

Christine Kolenbrander (01:25):

Um, just this last season, uh, after the games last year, I don’t really even remember how it happened, but it was just one of those things where it just kept coming, coming up in conversation. And then some of my training partners here in Missouri weren’t doing the programming that I was doing last year anymore, and I like training with people and it just kinda fell into my lap and it’s been really good.

Sevan Matossian (01:49):

You don’t remember, did you reach out to them? Do they reach out to you? Are you like, no,

Christine Kolenbrander (01:54):

I just signed up for like, their online programming, like the, like what anyone can sign up for.

Sevan Matossian (02:02):

And, and you just started doing it and you’re like, Hey, I love this.

Christine Kolenbrander (02:05):

Yeah. It was really, really good.

Sevan Matossian (02:07):

And what’s the, what’s the thought process? Um, why to sign up for H W P O when there’s a dozen great, great programs out there.

Christine Kolenbrander (02:17):



I don’t know. It was, I was curious about it. And then also, um, like I said, one of my, a couple of my training partners were interested in it as well, and it was just one of those things that just kind of kept coming up in conversation. And it wasn’t really like, oh, I know H W P O is gonna be awesome because you don’t, it’s so new. And I didn’t really know until I signed up, but it was kind of one of those things I was like, I’m just gonna pay for it and see what it’s like for a few months. And then if I hate it, I can get on or back to what I was doing or get on something else. Um, but if I like it, I’ll keep going.

Sevan Matossian (03:04):

Or vice versa. If you hate it, you know it’s Right. And you’ll stay with it.

Christine Kolenbrander (03:07):

Yeah. Yeah. That’s <inaudible>.

Sevan Matossian (03:10):

Uh, uh, crazy. Um, do you call any of the people who are doing it too, or do you, do you call up Amanda Barnhart or Catherine David’s daughter or like, I mean, really experienced, um, uh, colleagues of yours, you know, athletes in, in your world. And do you, do you call either of them and be like, Hey, how do you like it?

Christine Kolenbrander (03:27):

Um, I haven’t called them and asked how they liked it, but it seems like, I mean, with Katherine, it’s obviously working for her, and I feel like Amanda’s gotten a lot better this year, this year. So I feel like that kind of speaks for itself.

Sevan Matossian (03:40):

Yeah. Both of you, uh, I mean, obviously I wasn’t there, but the, in the video, both of you guys look fucking amazing. Both of you look like you’re just, you’re ready to go. You’re ready to tear it up.

Christine Kolenbrander (03:48):

Thank you. Yeah. Getting excited. It’s coming soon. This summer went so fast.

Sevan Matossian (03:54):

So you’re doing the program, you’re obviously a high level athlete. Uh, went to the games last year, one of the fittest females walking around on, uh, planet Earth. And when, I mean, one of the fittest, I mean like literally like one of the fittest in, in, in the, arguably always ready to be in the top 40. Do they see that you’ve signed up and one day like O’Keeffe or Sammy or Marconi or Fraser calls you and is like, Hey, we saw you signed up, you know, uh, we know who you are. Do you want to come out to Vermont and train with us? How does that work?

Christine Kolenbrander (04:28):

No. Um, I don’t think that they knew I was doing it for a little bit, and I kind of wanted it to be like that. I just wanted to kind of be behind the scenes and see what it was like. Um, and then

Sevan Matossian (04:40):

Like you were auditing it, I guess you were auditing it to check it out? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Um,

Christine Kolenbrander (04:47):

And that’s just not really my vibe to, like, I know some athletes will be like, give me free programming or whatever, you know, like, I wanted to pay for it and see what it was like before any of that. So, um, but I was liking it, so then I just kind of casually started tagging them in some of my pieces on Instagram. Um, and then I think they started following me on social media, and then it wasn’t really until semi-finals that I got to meet all of them face-to-face. And they were so awesome at semi-finals, just like had meetups with all the athletes that were doing the pro track and answered questions. They were in the warmup area, just like really available for all of the athletes that were doing their programming. Um, and then after that, after I made it to the games, they were like, Hey, we should do an athlete camp. Um, so then it worked out and went down to Vermont. So I think there were supposed to be a few more people there when we went, but life happens and some people couldn’t show up, but it was kind of cool just being really intimate.

Sevan Matossian (05:54):

It’s a, it’s a, uh, 21st century like courtship process. Yeah. <laugh>, you show them the respect by, by their programming <laugh>, then you tag them, then they follow you, then you see each other and you smile from across the room. They walk over <laugh>. Nice. Um, when you tag them, it’s because you did one of their workouts, right? So you do one of their workouts, maybe you post a clip from from it, and then you tag them.

Christine Kolenbrander (06:19):

Yeah. Yeah. And I think too, just like giving that respect, like the programming’s good, you know? So

Sevan Matossian (06:26):

Yeah. It’s kind of like, um, if you write a paper citing your work, right? Yeah. Hey guys, you, you guys know I’m a games athlete. Not, not them specifically, but the world. And here’s a workout I took from these people. And, and you know, it’s kind of, it’s paying homage to them. It, it, it’s some good etiquette.

Christine Kolenbrander (06:41):

Yeah, for sure. Yeah. I feel like if you posted someone else’s workout and didn’t give them credit, and then they saw it, they’d be like, wait, <laugh>, that’s my workout.

Sevan Matossian (06:51):

Um, after you do one of these crazy hard H W P O super effective workouts, um, rambler wants to know, what do you eat after a wad?

Christine Kolenbrander (07:01):

Like right after a workout? Usually just like a protein, Jake. Um, pretty boring. And we have these really good drinks at our gym that are from a local honey farm, and it’s just like juice sweetened with honey and it’s so good.

Sevan Matossian (07:19):

What kind of juice?

Christine Kolenbrander (07:21):

Um, they have different flavors. Like they have watermelon, strawberry, a citrus, one peach, bunch of different flavors. I like the

Sevan Matossian (07:28):

Watermelon. So just like fresh watermelon juice, and then throw honey in it from a local hive. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. That’s a good life. You’re living a good life. I mean, so, but basically you drink after you work out, you drink your calories to get recharged, get ready for the next

Christine Kolenbrander (07:42):

One. Well, and lately I’ve been doing organic gummy bears just because it’s like quick sugar and it’s been so hot just to get something in really fast.

Sevan Matossian (07:52):

Hey, will you, um, when you do that, will you bring those to the games too? Is that like, okay, I can do organic coming bears in my training. I know how they, I react to them and, and this is something that I can easily bring to the games.

Christine Kolenbrander (08:03):

Yeah. I feel like, especially right now, it’s just figuring out all of those little details. Like, okay, what, what’s the quick little snack I’m gonna have? Or, you know, sometimes you have events where you only have like a 10 minute break in between. What’s something that doesn’t hurt my stomach, but gives me energy for that accident?

Sevan Matossian (08:20):

Uh, congratulations, by the way, on the fourth place finish. Were you, are you, are you, do you congratulate yourself for that or are you like, um, or how do you feel about it yourself? The fourth place finish?

Christine Kolenbrander (08:31):

Um, I mean, obviously the goal is always to win, but I think it was a respectable finish. Um, I feel like I kind of showcased that. I’ve been working on a lot of my weaknesses and was my goal going into the weekend was really just to be like smooth, consistent, and well-rounded. So,

Sevan Matossian (08:53):

And, and you’re with some, you’re, you’re in close proximity to the, all, all the front runners, all the front, the horses in the front of the pack are all in close proximity. Alex Gaza, Katrin, uh, David’s daughter, Ariel Lowen, you, Bethany Flores. I mean, you guys are, and, and look at, I mean, uh, Emily Rolfe is, I mean, complete, legit, bonafide, you know, top 20 fittest woman probably at all times in the world. And look at, you’re in there with her eder, the, the up and coming, you know, super athlete. I mean, you’re with some, you’re with some great people. Abigail, uh, dome and Bailey Rail down there. Wow. Crazy.

Christine Kolenbrander (09:29):

Yeah, our region was interesting, like, not as many of the top names, but the field was very deep. Like there was a lot of good athletes.

Sevan Matossian (09:42):

Yeah, that’s a good way to say. Well, I think it, I think there were some great people in there too, but you’re right, it crazy deep. Crazy deep. Yeah.

Christine Kolenbrander (09:49):

Have an event where you slipped up. Really?

Sevan Matossian (09:51):

Yeah. Look at, uh, Danny Spiegel and Cindy Ian. Um, two, uh, two former games athletes.

Christine Kolenbrander (09:57):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (09:59):

God, I wonder what happened to Sydney. Did you get a chance to talk to Sydney there?

Christine Kolenbrander (10:03):

Not really. It’s really hard when, I don’t think we’re in the same heat that often. And it’s like, you get there, you start warming up and I always feel bad afterwards, like, oh, I wish I got to talk to this person or that person more. I saw her bit passing, but I didn’t get to talk to her that much.

Sevan Matossian (10:21):

Um, I, I should, I should tell su we, I would like to find out, uh, how she’s doing. She was great. She had her on the show. She’s great gal. Hey, what about Danny Spiegel? Uh, shocked that she didn’t make it.

Christine Kolenbrander (10:32):

Um, I think everyone was a little bit shocked, but I think like you guys have mentioned, like when I saw that she was going to Saudi Arabia, I just had the thought of like, I can’t imagine doing that. Um, but

Sevan Matossian (10:48):

So like, almost like maybe she knew that she wasn’t gonna make it. Do you think maybe even like she wasn’t

Christine Kolenbrander (10:53):

No, I think that maybe, and I’m big into like personalities and I think her personality is like the more, the better kind of thing. And I honestly saw that and thought maybe she can handle that. I wouldn’t be able to handle that, but Right. Maybe she can, you know, um,

Sevan Matossian (11:09):

But like, it might stress you out, but for her it’s a stress relief.

Christine Kolenbrander (11:12):

Yeah. Yeah. Some people like get off on having a ton of things on their agenda, you know, or like, yeah, I don’t know.

Sevan Matossian (11:24):

Oh, wow. Look at that dick butter. Uh, I took, I took my first dose of BPC 1 57 in my low back today. I’m ready to fuck shit up. Whoa. Uh, keep me posted on how that works. I only used it in my bicep. Alright. Back. Are you still doing

Christine Kolenbrander (11:36):

Your, or did you just do the one injection or did you keep going?

Sevan Matossian (11:40):

I did a, a, a bottle of the B P C and this bicep, and then, um, I took like two days off of the whole bot. You know, I, I, I think the whole bottle, I wanna say took me two or three weeks. I don’t even know. And then I took two days off and then two days later I started, um, um, BPC 1 57 and then something else, like, it’s called like TB 500 or something. And I’m gonna keep sticking it in this arm. <laugh>

Christine Kolenbrander (12:07):


Sevan Matossian (12:07):

You, I mean, I did a muscle up. I did, and I did 10 negative muscle ups and I did a legless rope climb. And I haven’t tried like any, um, I heard it doing a heavy dumbbell snatch lowering it, and I haven’t tried that. Do you know what’s crazy? It’s funny you ask that. It hurts when I flex, but none of the movements hurt.

Christine Kolenbrander (12:29):


Sevan Matossian (12:30):

So, but much, but whatever’s, but whatever’s happened, I’m, I’m, I’m getting back in the game, so yeah. Fuck it. Yeah.

Christine Kolenbrander (12:40):


Sevan Matossian (12:41):

Yeah. Would I fail a drug test with that Seon failed a drug test. I don’t think you guys are allowed to do that. Bp uh, peptides, right?

Christine Kolenbrander (12:49):

No, I don’t think so. I don’t do any of that.

Sevan Matossian (12:53):

Yeah. Good answer. Good answer. <laugh>, I don’t do, I don’t, I don’t inject. And look, I just got like needles laying around now, like a drug addict. Um, so, so then you, when you have the, you, you’re behind the, I’m just so curious about how this works, like with the camps. So then you go to semi-finals and I guess they get sent an email and there’s uh, how many athletes there? 60 boys and 60 girls?

Christine Kolenbrander (13:16):


Sevan Matossian (13:17):

Yep. And so a handful of them are doing H W P O?

Christine Kolenbrander (13:21):

Yep. I think there were, I mean, at the meetup I would say there was probably like 10 of us.

Sevan Matossian (13:28):

And, and so they tell you, Hey, you get an email, we noticed you do H W P O, we also know you’re an athlete going to the semi-final. Um, we’ll have a dinner or snacks for you, or we’d like to meet you or something like that at this time. And then you can decide to go,

Christine Kolenbrander (13:42):

Yeah, I think it was, they sent an email, I think it was through email and said, uh, their meeting up at a gym and they’re gonna answer questions about all the workouts and then like do a little workout afterwards, like a little, just move around, be the day before the competition.

Sevan Matossian (14:01):

And um, did, did any, anyone you remember being there? Of those 10 people, were any of ’em your competitors? Any girls from the semifinals? Yeah,

Christine Kolenbrander (14:11):

There was a girl, Marissa Flowers, I think her name

Sevan Matossian (14:14):

Is. Okay.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:15):

I think she did really good in that ring muscle up workout, the burpee.

Sevan Matossian (14:20):

Oh yeah. She’s the girl who has like the minute 49 Fran or something, right? She’s tiny.

Christine Kolenbrander (14:25):

Yeah, tiny, tiny.

Sevan Matossian (14:26):


Christine Kolenbrander (14:28):

Yeah, she was really good at the Muscle Up one. Um, I think that might’ve and then like Catherine is there, but she was kind of doing her own thing. She wasn’t in the circle,

Sevan Matossian (14:40):

But Oh, right, right. She, uh, okay. And so then that you, um, you qualify for the games and then you go ho do they tell you there, Hey, we’re, is it literally there? They’re like, by the way, we’d like to invite you up to Vermont. Or do you go home and then get a call or a text or an email?

Christine Kolenbrander (14:58):

Uh, it was just like casual conversation after the weekend. We were all like packing up our stuff. I think Jared was talking to Matt or someone about like, it would be cool to do something. And then I think O’Keefe was right there and he was like, yeah, we should do an athlete camp. So it was kind of just like this elusive idea and then it became something. So then,

Sevan Matossian (15:19):

Um, and j Jared’s, your husband Jared Stevens is your husband. Yep. I know. I’m just letting the people in the audience know that. Okay. And uh, and then so, uh, they then you just get a notice or they call you, they’re like, how are these dates? And you say, yeah. And you cruise up there and it’s just you Hopper and Karin

Christine Kolenbrander (15:39):

<laugh>. Yeah. Uh, they emailed me, Jake Marconi emailed me and asked that the dates would work and it did. And then, um, yeah, it was just me, Jason, and er.

Sevan Matossian (15:52):

And what a tremendous opportunity for all three of you, right? To just get at it.

Christine Kolenbrander (15:57):

Yeah, definitely. Um, yeah, and just like, I think it’s always interesting to like just watch other athletes work out and how they do things and what they eat in between workouts and just their mentality and stuff. But it was really cool, like their coaching staff that they have, I mean, the entire day there’re like, not only there, but like eyes peeled on the athletes and watching for every little detail of everything. Um,

Sevan Matossian (16:33):

So you might get a note at the end of the day, like an after action report. Uh, Christine, great job on the, like they make you a few shit sandwiches. Great job on your keeping your footing consistent on the snatch you’re transitions, you look like a pile of shit you need to work better. Uh, quit trying to sip your water in between rounds. Uh, and by the way, your hair was fantastic. Like they just make you shit. Here you go. Like that.

Christine Kolenbrander (16:53):

It wasn’t in a note at the end of the day, but like, even in the middle of workouts, like if it was a workout that had, um, rest in between intervals, they would come over and be like, okay, I want you to try this or, you know, good job on that, but I want you to, I think one of the things they said to me was like, when you walk over to the ring muscle, it’s like, I don’t care how slow you walk, but as soon as you get there you need to jump up. Like little things like that, you know? So it was just neat to see, it almost felt like you were part of a science experiment.

Sevan Matossian (17:25):

And and do you like that or do you feel pushed? Does any part of you’s like, fuck you, I’ve been to the games.

Christine Kolenbrander (17:30):

No, I love that. I think from doing, when I did gymnastics for a long time, and like your coach is on you for everything, um, and just is constantly correcting things. So I think I’m really used to that and I thrive in that situation.

Sevan Matossian (17:46):

I just say it again.

Christine Kolenbrander (17:48):

I just always wanna learn. Like, I feel like you could never learn too much. You know, if it was someone I didn’t respect, then I would be like, okay, stop telling you what to do. But I think they have good credentials.

Sevan Matossian (18:04):

Um, Mark Kramer Savon, you’re killing all these interviews. Thank you. Peace and love. Oh, peace and love to you. Congratulations on the beautiful family and being happy. Um, and oh, thank you for the money, even though it’s Australian. Thank you. Um, oh, and, and was that your first time, uh, like, uh, with some, uh, intimate time with, uh, Matt Fraser also? Did, did you know him before then or that was your first time?

Christine Kolenbrander (18:30):

Yeah, I met him a couple times in passing. Him and Jared knew each other a little bit through like some sponsors that they had in the past, but they weren’t like close. Um, so yeah, really just in passing and then a little bit more semi-finals, but really, yeah, first time in Vermont, I would say. Like actually getting to know him a little more.

Sevan Matossian (18:55):

And, and, and did you, did you get to talk to him?

Christine Kolenbrander (18:57):

Yeah, yeah, for

Sevan Matossian (18:59):

Sure. In, in the Buttery Bros video at one point. I think it’s him. He says something to you, Hey, um, you’re looking fatigued or I forget what he says to you, but he gives you an out for a workout. Like, Hey, yeah, it looks like you need to rest. Was that him?

Christine Kolenbrander (19:15):

Yeah. Um, and I think that part was really cool too. Not that I was fatigued, but just hearing him be like, Hey, different athletes need different amounts of volume. Like, um, catcher can do a million workouts all day long and someone like me or Amanda Barnhart that maybe carries around a little bit more muscle mask. It’s like, you know, you can get more bang for your buck. You’re maybe not doing quite as many metcons, but you’re doing them really intensely.

Sevan Matossian (19:52):

You froze. That’s why I’m not saying anything. No, you’re unfroze. Okay. I

Christine Kolenbrander (19:56):

Was like, why, uh, did you get through all that or did it?

Sevan Matossian (20:01):

No, no. Try try again. Try again. I think I understood, but try again one more time please.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:07):

Um, so I just said it was pretty cool because, you know, that was one of the things that Matt was saying was like, and I guess just to hear somebody say this is that different athletes need different amounts of volume and someone like Catherine can do a million metcons all day long and be okay, but someone like me or maybe Amanda Barnhardt who carries around a little bit more muscle mass maybe can’t do quite as much volume, but can do the pieces that we do really intensely and get more out of it that way, if that makes

Sevan Matossian (20:42):

Sense. Yeah. And um, it’s, I’m not trying to correct you, but to add to it, it’s not that you can’t do them, but I think the first time I heard you say you get more bang for your buck buck if you actually don’t do them.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:54):


Sevan Matossian (20:55):

And I like, you could have just sed through any, you can slog through anything, right? Yeah.

Christine Kolenbrander (20:58):

And that was his point. He was like, you know, I don’t want you, he actually had me do, I think I did two rounds of the workout and he was like, if you don’t feel like you can do it at like a game pace, there’s really no point. Like, that’s not what we’re looking for in this workout. Um,

Sevan Matossian (21:17):

Yeah. And he doesn’t say it to like, it’s not to make you feel bad. It’s not a motivational speech, like, fucking suck it up bitch and go. It’s more like, Hey, you, this is actually better for you to, if if you assess this properly now Yeah. For the future. Yeah. Yeah. Were you disappointed that Amanda wasn’t there? Or you just mentioned her name, were you like, oh God, I, I hope I can train with her. We’re we are like, we’re simpatico.

Christine Kolenbrander (21:41):

Yeah. Uh, she had some life stuff come up, I think. I dunno exactly what, but um, yeah, of course I was disappointed. She’s someone that I always like running into and

Sevan Matossian (21:52):

She’s cool.

Christine Kolenbrander (21:54):


Sevan Matossian (21:55):

Have you trained with her before?

Christine Kolenbrander (21:56):

Mm-hmm. Nope.

Sevan Matossian (21:58):

Yeah. Yeah. She’s really cool. Um, so then you, you, you come home from there and, um, any part of you think that like, Hey, this could be, um, disturbing my training. This could be like fucking it up, or is it basically consistent with the H W P O programming you’d already been doing? And also how did your relationship change with them since you’ve been back from there? Has it changed?

Christine Kolenbrander (22:22):

Yeah, so first question, um, I always get a little nervous with traveling just like, you know what if I get sick or whatever, and I actually did wind up getting sick while I out there, so that sucked. Um, and I think that’s honestly part of the reason that Matt was seeing that I was drained. I was starting to get sick.

Sevan Matossian (22:45):

So like, like food poisoning or the flu or a cold or

Christine Kolenbrander (22:50):

No? Um, this really sucks, but I’ve just dealt with a lot of crap since the first time I had covid.

Sevan Matossian (22:59):

No shit.

Christine Kolenbrander (23:00):

Trying to figure it out, but Okay. Um, yeah, I have celiac disease and I don’t know if that plays a part in it. Um, but so just like a little bit immunocompromised. Um, but I never used to get sick all the time and ever since then I get sick <laugh> a lot. But just

Sevan Matossian (23:21):

What does your sick, what does your sickness look like? You just like, just feel like shit can’t breathe or, mm-hmm.

Christine Kolenbrander (23:27):

Like really, like anyone else might think, oh, you just have a cold, but it feels like I’ve been like poisoned.

Sevan Matossian (23:34):

Interesting. Okay. Like, like in your, like up in your brain and your stomach?

Christine Kolenbrander (23:39):

Stomach, uh, like coughing. So exhausted, throat hurts, head hurts, fever, chills, like all that stuff.

Sevan Matossian (23:49):

What’s your heart rate? Do

Christine Kolenbrander (23:51):

Drops way.

Sevan Matossian (23:52):

Oh. Oh, it drops? Mm-hmm.

Christine Kolenbrander (23:54):


Sevan Matossian (23:55):

Yeah. What is c what’s celiac’s disease? Is that something with your red blood cells or what is

Christine Kolenbrander (23:59):

Uh, no, it’s, uh, gluten.

Sevan Matossian (24:01):

Oh, okay.

Christine Kolenbrander (24:02):

So can’t have gluten, but yeah. But I work, I’m working with a holistic doctor and she is the and she’s helping me out and we’re onto something, but I don’t, I don’t wanna share it out here yet.

Sevan Matossian (24:17):

Sure. Alright. Well thank you. Well, I, I appreciate you just even sharing that much. Clac Disease is a chronic digestive immune disorder that damages the small intestine. The diseases triggered by eating foods containing gluten,

Christine Kolenbrander (24:29):

Wheat, rye, barley,

Sevan Matossian (24:30):

<laugh>. And so you’re pretty, you’re and you’re, so, you’re pretty, um, you’re crazy disciplined around that there. You don’t fuck with that stuff.

Christine Kolenbrander (24:37):

No. Um, even like when I go to a restaurant, I just have to tell ’em like, I have an allergy and be very adamant about it. Like, you can’t get a crumb in my food. So as I get closer to competitions, like I don’t really eat out or anything like that.

Sevan Matossian (24:53):

No, I don’t think she did. Um, did you didn’t, you didn’t mess around with the injections, right?

Christine Kolenbrander (25:01):


Sevan Matossian (25:01):

No, I don’t think she did. Yeah, she got like, she’s a, uh, she’s god faring girl, <laugh>, God got her back. She, they don’t, they don’t, they don’t, they don’t take injection drugs. I’ll send

Christine Kolenbrander (25:13):

You a podcast after this that you need to listen to though.

Sevan Matossian (25:16):

Okay. Please. Yes. I, I would like to, uh, wad zombie, uh, 4 99. Thank you. Is there a Christine co brand or card? Like a,

Christine Kolenbrander (25:25):

I don’t think so. He talked about it at one time,

Sevan Matossian (25:28):

Like the col merton’s card. Mm-hmm. You talked about it one time. Wad zombie. He’s so busy between making fun of people and making cards. <laugh>. Has he ever made fun of you? Uh, Christine, have you ever been the target of wad zombie’s? Um, humor?

Christine Kolenbrander (25:45):

Um, I don’t think I’ve, well, he made me into a man, I dunno if that’s making

Sevan Matossian (25:50):

<laugh>. Yeah, he made me into a woman too. All right, fine.

Christine Kolenbrander (25:54):

I thought it was funny though, but I was like, are those my arms on the picture? Did he make ’em bigger? I couldn’t, I didn’t know.

Sevan Matossian (26:02):

That’s good. Um, um, so, okay, so you go up there, um, oh, nice. Good. Fine. Wow. <laugh> Jesus. You got a little Brad pitting you as a dude,

Christine Kolenbrander (26:11):

Like a rugged, like a worn out construction workout.

Sevan Matossian (26:15):

Yeah. You, you, you got a little, uh, fight club in you right there. My goodness. Yeah,

Christine Kolenbrander (26:19):

My eyes look really tired. I don’t even know what picture that is from.

Sevan Matossian (26:23):

Good job, Nick. Look at Jack Farlow weighing in. Not bad,

Christine Kolenbrander (26:30):

Not bad.

Sevan Matossian (26:32):

Hey, so then, so you’re up there and, um, by the way, just one last thing on the sickness thing. How long does it usually take you to recover from that, if that sets in? Does it, is it quick? Is it, yeah.

Christine Kolenbrander (26:44):

Uh, so you probably heard me clearing my throat, like I’m still kind of dealing with it. It’s been

Sevan Matossian (26:49):

Three weeks, so it’s just there, it’s just, it’s just degrees of it.

Christine Kolenbrander (26:53):

Yep. I kind of feel like it’s always there. And then if I, you know, maybe over stress myself or I don’t really know what triggers it, but it’s like, I feel like the sickness is always kind of here and then it’s like it can bubble over.

Sevan Matossian (27:11):

Hey, um, does it affect your eating?

Christine Kolenbrander (27:14):

Mm, not too bad. No.

Sevan Matossian (27:17):

No. Um, when, when you there, when you show up to the games, do you wanna be as light as you can, but as nourished as you can? Is there like, some sort of timing on that? Do, do, do you know what I mean? Like, you know, like a, um, a marathon runner wants to finish the cross, the finish line, dehydrated. You don’t wanna cross the finish line hydrated. Is there a, like, like do you notice if you can be as lean as you can, but still have the energy, your gymnastics will be better, but you, but you won’t lose strength. Is there some sort of game you play?

Christine Kolenbrander (27:50):

For me, it’s kind of like, I feel like I have a sweet spot. Like one around 1 55 is my sweet spot. And for me it’s like, if I am healthy, I’ll be leaner. If like, I’m retaining, I feel like I’m always pretty lean, but sometimes I retain water. And for me, like if I’m retaining water, it’s a sign of something else going on, if that makes sense.

Sevan Matossian (28:16):

Do, uh, sure. Do you, do you take a a creatine?

Christine Kolenbrander (28:19):


Sevan Matossian (28:20):

Yeah, you do. Who? Oh, who’s Creatin? Do you take

Christine Kolenbrander (28:24):

Driven Nutrition?

Sevan Matossian (28:26):

Are they a sponsor?

Christine Kolenbrander (28:28):

Jared’s sponsor.

Sevan Matossian (28:29):

Oh, awesome. Yeah. Shit. Good.

Christine Kolenbrander (28:32):

And they’re a local company here.

Sevan Matossian (28:34):

And then, and then how did your relationship change? So you go out there, it looks like you were having a blast. You got some intimate time with, uh, Mr. Fraser and the clan, uh, and with Karin, and how, how does the relationship change?

Christine Kolenbrander (28:46):

Um, so they actually sat me down the Monday after the weekend and just said like, Hey, let’s come in and kind of talk about the weekend. And then asked, like, they were so polite about it, they were like, you can keep doing what you’re doing if you want to, but we just want you to know like, we’re willing to individually program for you through, like, through the games. So that’s what we’ve been doing ever since then. So I mostly communicate with Jake Marconi and, um, he sends me my programming. So we’ve been hammering my weaknesses the last few weeks, so that’s been fun. Um, but yeah, it’s been really cool. I’ve never had an individual coach before, so

Sevan Matossian (29:31):

No shit.

Christine Kolenbrander (29:32):

A new experience.

Sevan Matossian (29:34):

How has that possible, how have you never had an individual? That’s crazy too. I was talking to Bronislaw, uh, today and he, this, he’s had an individual coach for the first time. Justin Kotler started like a, I don’t know, nine or in October. How is that, that you’ve come this far without, you’ve just been doing all your own programming or with your husband?

Christine Kolenbrander (29:51):

Yeah, so I started team and Jared was with Brute Strength, so he would get the programming through Brute and then.

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