CrossFit Games Update Show Ep. 3

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

<silence> Uh, Mr. Beaver, uh, bam. We’re live. Um, I, I don’t know why I always send you the notes so late, Caleb, and I don’t even put the YouTube links in there. I’m so sorry. Like, half the YouTube links are missing, so it kind of fucks you. Okay. You thumbs up anyway. All right. Like, yeah. You don’t give a fuck. Like I got you <laugh> used to, uh, dealing with your shit. Uh, welcome to the show. Uh, Mr. Spin, the fastest news in the CrossFit space. Most accurate, uh, um, uh, least talkative and, um, most enjoyable, uh, <laugh>, what did they call him? The, uh, ed Norton. Uh, he’s the Ed Norton emoji. Uh, in the left hand corner, we have, uh, Mr. J r Howell from, uh, CrossFit Crash, uh, and the, the founder and creator of the, uh, crucible. And then there’s like a team version of that too. And then, um, John Young. Okay. Staple. Just a staple. Just think of John as the staple. Hey, I got

John Young (00:52):

The j y barbell club here, so I would like you to start saying that from now on. When introduced me

Sevan Matossian (00:58):

No. Can even see that. Appreciate why. What is, what is that? What is the J Oh, John Young barbell.

John Young (01:03):

That’s right, right there.

Sevan Matossian (01:04):

Oh, okay. What is that? What is that?

John Young (01:07):

It is for anybody that wants to be better at weightlifting. Um, I coach people online and in person,

Sevan Matossian (01:15):

And you’re strong.

John Young (01:17):

I’m all right.

Sevan Matossian (01:18):

Hold on one second, JR. Is he any good?

JR Howell (01:21):

Yeah, he’s strong.

Sevan Matossian (01:21):

Yeah. He knows what he’s doing.

JR Howell (01:23):

Yeah. He tested a workout, a potential crucible workout for me.

Sevan Matossian (01:27):

No shit. Wow. Throw that on your resume.

John Young (01:31):

Uh, and he said that I beat Hopper by a minute.

JR Howell (01:34):

That that is not, that is not

John Young (01:36):

<laugh>. That’s

Sevan Matossian (01:42):

Good. Let’s go with it. Okay, ladies and gentlemen, uh, premiering for you now, um, I bring to you the first, uh, peak ever, the Colton Mertons documentary, uh, sponsored by, uh, swine. Our, uh, our, our dear friend of the show, uh, Colton Mertens. Uh, it looks like Wolverine and him have partnered again. And, uh, this is gonna be really exciting. Look at that shit. I mean, that, that is not what I thought it looked like at before we hit play on this, that did anyone think it looked like that at the Colton Merton’s Pig farm?

Brian Spin (02:18):

This looks sweet.

Sevan Matossian (02:19):


JR Howell (02:20):

That’s exactly what I thought it looked like <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (02:22):


JR Howell (02:23):


Brian Spin (02:24):

I I expected more cornfields.

Sevan Matossian (02:26):

It’s just expected to be disgusting. <laugh>. I mean, that’s cool. Shit. That’s why JR. Why do I have the south? Wait, where’s he from? Iowa. Where is this? Why am I,

JR Howell (02:35):

So he’s, yeah, he’s, he’s Iowa. I’m South Carolina. But that, that looks a lot like, I mean, around my house, South Carolina, like a lot of, yeah. A lot of good greenery. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (02:43):

Like you think that was just disgusting pig farm. And then he just sprinkled some Wolverine powders on it, and it just fucking made it all <laugh>. Some swine creatine, and it made it look like that. Okay, let’s play. Here we go. Hillsborough, Iowa.

Speaker 6 (03:00):

I think we really have to start with is, who is Colton Williams? You know, who, who is he? Like, what’s his story? Where does it start? You know, let’s, let’s go from there.

Speaker 7 (03:10):

Worst thing you can do is underestimate someone. ’cause the moment you think you have me, you don’t.

Sevan Matossian (03:27):

Why? Why? Uh, uh, before I, uh, say, uh, where the heck is grundler? I didn’t invite him this week. It’s completely my fault. He deserves to be here. He’s a badass. But shit, there’s only real, I gotta rotate ’em in. I gotta rotate people in. JR probably wishes Grr was here too, and he was sleeping. It’s nine 30 for him. Okay. Why? Um, um, there was a, uh, a series mate, Gabby Awa, great athlete, arguably significantly better than Colton Merton’s, arguably significantly has a better chance to win the games. Uh, she does a series. It just can’t get any fucking views, right? There’s all other people out there putting out all this content that can’t get any views. Why, why, what makes us wanna see Colton Mertons? What the fuck is going on here? Why are we, why are we in Colton Merton’s fantasy land? Why do we like him jr?

JR Howell (04:11):

Well, for me, I, he’s easy to pull forward because he’s someone that people always will continuously stack the, the, the chips against, right? He’s, um, he’s an underdog for a lot of people who are watching. Um, and he’s somebody who doesn’t have a typical job, at least up to this point. He says he is cut back a lot of hours on the farm, but he’s like, he’s a working man, you know? And he spends every other hour of the day dedicated to his other craft, which is really cool.

Sevan Matossian (04:40):

Uh, Mr. Spin, why? What’s the fascination here with, uh, MI Mr. Merton’s? Why, why am I in love with mi? The Mr. Merton story

Brian Spin (04:47):

Jr. Said it said it. Well, I mean, he, when he, when he was holding down a full-time job with doing, working the farm, and then you have, you know, uh, so many of these workouts, you don’t think that he’s gonna be able to, to hang with them, and he does. And then he hits the home, runs on the workouts that do favor him. Uh, it’s really cool to see. I mean, it’s, it’s kind of like when Val Re was competing, right? As a teacher, and she’s doing all of that with a full-time job and still hanging with him as a mom. Like, it’s really cool to see, um, you know, it’s one thing to work it out in the gym five, six hours a day, and that’s all you do. But for him, I mean, you just have to root for him.

Sevan Matossian (05:28):

Uh, before John answers the question, let’s get to some of the comments here. Uh, Halpin, where is Halpin said No one? No, no. We care where you are too. Uh, Mr. Halpin, you’re a stud. Tyler Watkins. Where’s he? I mean, there’s only so much room. Uh, uh, man of the People says, uh, Kenneth the lap about, uh, Colton Mertons, uh, Mason Mitchell, uh, game, recognized game. He says he’s a man. Uh, Audrey. Every girl wants to sit on his face. Wow. Okay. Uh, interesting. Um, uh, humble and underdog. Uh, okay. I like it. Um, oh, Wolverine chimes in, uh, biased, uh, bias. They’re paying for the documentary. Most athletes these days don’t have full-time jobs or jobs. They’re, uh, that are labor intensive. Fair enough. So you think that’s why we like ’em, John Young. Why do we like ’em? Why, why, why are people gonna watch this? Why? What’s the fascination we have here on the Savon podcast with Mr. Mertons?

John Young (06:19):

I mean, he’s the, he’s the Rudy of CrossFit. If you’ve ever seen the movie Rudy, I mean, he’s five foot nothing, a hundred and nothing. And he gets to go to Madison and be one of the fittest guys in the world. Like, I think, um, I think people look at Colton, especially people who want to compete and like, think, like, you know, at first you see these, these monsters who do crazy things, and you’re like, I’ll never be able to do that. But then if you see Colton Mertons, you’re like, if he’s five foot four and can compete with these guys, and not only compete, but win events and home, be a home run hitter of the games, there’s no reason that I can, if I put enough hard work in, like, I think, um, he’s relatable.

Sevan Matossian (07:02):


John Young (07:02):

I heard that. Like, there’s, that the, his, he is built to not be good at the CrossFit game. He’s too small. He’s just is. And yet here, he, he’s,

Sevan Matossian (07:13):

Uh, too harsh of a statement, Jr. He’s built not to be good. I mean, that’s, that’s his, that’s his, that’s the biggest dig you could take.

JR Howell (07:22):

Well, I think that he, um,

John Young (07:24):

I’d say the same about Falkowski. I

JR Howell (07:26):

Think he’s as much of an outlier, right? As, as the biggest athlete is.

Sevan Matossian (07:30):

No, come on, come on, come on. I think he’s think he’s, you think he’s as big of an outlier as Wakowski?

John Young (07:37):

Yes. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (07:38):


Brian Spin (07:40):

Uh, I wouldn’t say that. Who? No.

Sevan Matossian (07:42):

Thank you, Mr. Spin. Jesus Christ. These guys are, there are two, but their white feeders are, and they think everything that they think is true now,

John Young (07:48):

Ow. Maybe

Brian Spin (07:48):

Like Asia Bartow,

John Young (07:50):

Who’s the next tallest guy?

Sevan Matossian (07:52):

Jelly at Prospect Games. The jelly donut?

John Young (07:54):

No, no, no, no, no. Uh, after Merton’s, who’s next? Oh, who’s the next shortest guy? You can’t say Matt Fraser. He’s not there. That’s five foot

Sevan Matossian (08:02):

Six. Who is it? Who is it?

John Young (08:04):

I don’t know. I’m asking you. Oh, we don’t know. ’cause there’s no other person that, that’s, that’s, that short Tetlow is right there with him, but he didn’t make it as far as, and

Sevan Matossian (08:12):

Adjust your mic, uh, Mr. Young, please.

John Young (08:15):

Is it better?

Sevan Matossian (08:17):

Uh, I think it got a little bit better. Maybe pull your headset down just a little bit. Elongated. Just a little bit. How about now? Yeah. Much better. Thank you.

JR Howell (08:24):

Hey, Brian. How tall is oldest? He’s pretty short, right?

John Young (08:27):

He is. 5, 7, 5.

Brian Spin (08:28):

Yeah. 5 6, 5 7.

JR Howell (08:29):

Okay, so he’s still not, he’s still not close.

Brian Spin (08:30):

Three. There’s just, there’s just a couple guys that are also around ows, he’s height that made it to the games this year.

John Young (08:37):

There’s Hopper’s six two, Falkowski six two, NERS five 11, you know, Roman’s six foot. There’s three inches to the next guy from Merton’s. James

JR Howell (08:46):

Is outlier. James is six three.

John Young (08:48):

James is six three. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (08:52):

Uh, thank you Audrey, for the, uh, technical advice, advice, uh, Isaac’s, uh, snut, uh, uh, whoa. Uh, Isaac d Snut. Isaac, I is Zach. Is Zach the nuts? Is it Zach? I don’t, I haven’t figured that one out yet. I think it’s

JR Howell (09:08):

Phil Toon.

Sevan Matossian (09:09):

Oh, Phil. To thank you. What is that one? What? That’s a joke one, right? I <laugh>. I I the nuts. I sack the nuts. I suck the nuts. I sack the nuts. I the nuts. What is that one? Thank you. Thank you, Audrey. Uh, here’s the thing. Colton is five four.

JR Howell (09:27):

I think it’s just as simple as Isaac d’s nuts. Ebon, <laugh>,

Sevan Matossian (09:31):

<laugh>. But then that doesn’t even make sense. There’s like a joke. I just, it’s supposed to say something. It’s supposed to say. So something funny. I suck on nuts or something like, so that I don’t think so. No, I don’t

JR Howell (09:40):


Sevan Matossian (09:40):

So. Oh, okay. Isaac. These, it’s right. Isaac. The nuts. The nuts. Fuck it. All right. Two bucks. I wish I could say it right. Two bucks is a lot of money. Oh, I, wait, wait. I suck these nuts. Yeah, that’s what I mean. Thank you, <laugh>. Thank you. I suck these nuts. I suck the nuts. I suck the Snu. Um, he’s five four. You, you guys, you guys after five? I, I think I looked it up one time at five five. There’s, you’re like, in the 9% of the population is shorter than you at five four.

John Young (10:11):

Is that the world or America?

Sevan Matossian (10:13):

I think it’s, uh, that’s a good question. I can’t remember. But I mean, dude, Colton does not see men smaller than him unless he’s fucking like going to Guatemala.

John Young (10:20):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>

Sevan Matossian (10:23):

Racist, uh, lucky camera straps from Australia, 1499 consistent. I wish I could give you something in return still pretty, pretty relevant that Matt won five times in a row at five six. When did we, uh, last have a six foot plus winner?

John Young (10:36):

We haven’t. We’ve

JR Howell (10:37):


John Young (10:37):

Had one. There’s never been one.

Sevan Matossian (10:40):

Uh, I’m very much looking forward to the, uh, Wolverine, um, movie. Uh, congratulations, Colton. You’re a fucking rockstar. Thank you. I think it’s, the consensus is, is that, uh, you’re, you’re every man’s man. You’re an underdog. You work hard. And, uh, and as Tony Merton says, oh, Colton has the biggest heart. Oh, you think that’s his dad?

John Young (11:05):

I don’t know. Maybe mom. Tony can go both ways.

Sevan Matossian (11:11):

Uh, enormous tits. Say my, say my and love. Say my and love. Say my, say my name and love. Enormous tits. Okay. Uh, Graham Holmberg may be the closest to six foot.

JR Howell (11:25):

Yeah. Probably five 10.

John Young (11:26):

Yeah. And I mean, after this year, we still won’t because Patrick Vener is only five 11.

Sevan Matossian (11:32):


JR Howell (11:34):

Avon? Did you secure Colton’s Coach’s Pass?

Sevan Matossian (11:36):

I have not. But I do think that there are some interesting things, um, uh, happening in my relationship with the games this year. And if you’re a, a sponsor, as an Irish man would say, uh, tings are brewing, you should jump on board now. And thank you. Uh, California peptides. Uh, I would, um, okay. Uh, next on the list, uh, it looks like that there is a event, um, called The Dirt City Classic. And, uh, did you say Dirt? Dirt? Oh, desert. Desert City. Whatever. Desert. All that matters is who’s programming? The Desert City Classic is powered by a self-made training program. Our very own, uh, Wednesday night show, uh, Taylor Self with JR r Howell. And who joined them last week? Mr. Brian Friend, uh, is doing the programming. Uh, what’s up Jr. What is this? What’s going, going, here’s up.

JR Howell (12:30):

What’s up? Yeah, it’s competition that reached out to Taylor wanting some help with the program design. So we kind of all collaborated together on, um, individual team. Yeah. All of it.

Sevan Matossian (12:43):

Fair enough. Uh, what city? When

JR Howell (12:46):

I think this is at a s u I wanna say Arizona State University, but it is like maybe at ca at, on their campus.

Sevan Matossian (12:54):

Holy shit. Right? Oh, what’s the date of, what’s the date of that?

JR Howell (12:58):

Uh, if you go to their profile, I’m pretty sure it’s listed there.

Sevan Matossian (13:02):

Yeah. Who, uh, you know, who will be in town in Arizona on November 10th and 11th?

JR Howell (13:07):


Sevan Matossian (13:08):

That founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman.

JR Howell (13:10):

Oh, that’d be cool to get him out there. Yeah. I wonder if they know about that.

Sevan Matossian (13:14):

If, if they’re, if they’re local people, if they’re not, I’m outers. Uh, they should definitely reach out to him.

JR Howell (13:21):

They, he, he’s, so far I’ve been really, really easy to work with, so

Sevan Matossian (13:25):

Awesome. Followed by Paver Street Coffee. Alright. Um, Brandon LaCroix. Oh, no. Brandon Laco. Uh, now that Dave is back, well, we see 70 different capacity this year at the games. The live last year was awesome, but in person is better, in my opinion. I cannot confirm or deny <laugh>. Uh, next up, uh, we’re cruising today. I love this. We’re cruising today. Next up, uh, coffee. Wads and pods, uh, interviewed, uh, Ben Bergeron. It sucks when I think I hit a, a grand slam, and I realized I only hit a home run. And, uh, Pedro, uh, the seven podcast European correspondent then takes another shot at Ben Bergeron. And, uh, fuck man. Grand Slam. Here we go.

Speaker 8 (14:10):

<laugh>, another, another thing on tro, you mentioned that Harry was deeply integral to CompTrain starting and growing and becoming what it was when he decided to leave. Do you mourn that?

Speaker 9 (14:21):

No. Harry was one of my closest friends, and he wanted to try something. He was either gonna go and become a firefighter, he was gonna go back to school. So he was kind of trying to figure out what’s next in his career. And he ended up just taking a fair amount of time off before finding what was next. So one of my very closest friends no longer working for me. Of course, there’s this moment of like, not mourning, but loss. There’s a space that probably won’t ever be filled, but also super happy. The next evolution of what he wants to take in his own career and personal life.

Speaker 8 (14:55):

When he joined H V P Odo, were you like, God, that

Speaker 9 (14:59):

Mixed emotions. So A that’s kind of weird <laugh>, but b I hope that he can find a lot of satisfaction, and I hope they’ve taken the time to know this is the right next move.

Speaker 8 (15:16):

Do you mean weird as in, oh, that’s weird. I thought that you were, that this wasn’t a thing for you, but now you’re back. Yes. Yeah. Okay.

Speaker 9 (15:23):


Speaker 8 (15:24):

<laugh> another, another thing.

Sevan Matossian (15:31):

Friendship. Ooh. Friendship is something interesting, isn’t it? Uh, jr um, you build something with a friend and, um, and, uh, Harry and, um, Ben were friends and I, I, I know, I know it’s not marriage, but then he goes up to H W P O, and then not only does he go up there, but Amanda Barnhardt goes up there. Karin goes up there. Who else went up there? Other, other athletes Quant went up there who were all former, uh, CompTrain athletes. Uh, any thoughts? Anything you want to chime in? Uh, jr. Uh, like Ben, great job. Really. Um,

JR Howell (16:12):

No, I,

Sevan Matossian (16:13):

I would transparent of you or, or Ben. Fuck, man, you fucked up and dropped the ball and lost your guys, or what’s your thoughts on

JR Howell (16:18):

This? No, I can actually relate this to something that, uh, conversations I’ve had with my coaches, believe it or not, I’ve told all of them, Hey, listen, there’s a lot of people to go around. There’s a lot of people to do CrossFit. If you guys ever just decided that you wanted something of your own, you wanted your own gym, just come to me and tell me. Like, straight up. I’ve told ’em that, and good luck. So like, for me, if I were in bench shoes, I would’ve just wanted a friend or a coach just come to me and say, Hey, listen, I got this great opportunity to go work with these other people, and I’m excited about taking it. That would hurt, but it would be way easier to swallow, I think, maybe than the situation that transpired here.

Sevan Matossian (17:04):

What about, um, Jason Hopper trained with you, and then he went to H W P O. Did that hurt?

JR Howell (17:09):

No, not at all. He was, he was always <laugh>. He was, he was always with them, right? Like, he,

Sevan Matossian (17:15):

He was,

JR Howell (17:16):

Yeah, Jake and Matt were always his coaches. He was just trained. I mean,

Sevan Matossian (17:18):

He had a crush on Matt the first day he saw him.

JR Howell (17:20):

He was just training at Crash. Like, I was, like, I was just his home gym that he trained at, but he was always their athlete as far as program design and all that stuff goes.

Sevan Matossian (17:31):

Alright. Uh, Mr. Spin thoughts on, um, CompTrain, um, and, uh, and Ben Bergeron kind of doing this, uh, tour and making himself vulnerable and, um, kind of spilling the beans?

Brian Spin (17:43):

Uh, I mean, I’m not surprised by that. Like, I mean, he’s always been, I think, fairly open, um, or try to be open at times. Um, you know, as things have have happened, you know, it’s all, it’ll be in a personal accountability and, and just how he talks about the mindset and all that stuff for him to kind of share that. I mean, I think a lot of people in the space wouldn’t be that open with it. Um, but like, even I think he said on your show that he was, um, kinda went the wrong direction, right? Like, he kind of miscalculated where the sport was going and kind of got thrown a curve ball. Um, and he’s recalibrating. So it’s, it’s good to hear that, you know, he’s actually gonna be open with us versus a lot of people I don’t think would ever open themselves up and be that vulnerable to, you know, criticism.

Sevan Matossian (18:39):

Uh, um, uh, John ask same question, but kind of to add on. What’s Spin was saying, well, fuck us. Who cares? What’s it do for his brand? Do athletes are like, wow, Ben’s really cool. I want to go up there. Like, I get it. This is, this is, or they fuck, this guy’s a pussy. He dropped the ball and now he’s fucking sharing his dirty laundry.

John Young (18:57):

Man, I don’t think athletes are thinking anything of it because it’s not his anymore. He’s giving it to Cole. Alright. I, I almost feel like he’s giving Cole a a failing business. Um, I, I do think it’s nice. I do think it’s, I have a lot of respect for Ben that he is very open. Like I’m, I’m messed this up. Um, it was flourishing and we tried to do this and we failed, and now it’s, we’re trying to fix it. Um, but he’s leaving so <laugh> like he, he’s, it’s, he’s being very open. Um, but then he is just giving it to Cole. And I mean, I, I hope all the best for Cole, but man, I feel like it’s gonna be hard to turn it, to turn it around, or at least get back or get back to where it was. I don’t think, I don’t see that in the future.

Sevan Matossian (19:48):

Uh, Judy Reed expressing my sentiments, also Avon’s, uh, show with Bergeron was so good. Thank you. I agree. He won back a ton of people, I think being so vulnerable and honest. Yep. Uh, kudos to Pedro for, uh, two follow-up questions for just really drilling down and, and, uh, and getting clar clarity, clarity and, uh, depth on the situation. Um,

John Young (20:09):

Plus Avon Avon, please, if you were an elite athlete mm-hmm. <affirmative>, would you wanna be coached by Cole Sager, who’s also currently still an elite athlete and said on the podcast, um, I’m going to coach you, but I’m still gonna try to beat you. Why would that make you want to go to CompTrain?

Sevan Matossian (20:35):

I’ve only spoken with Cole a handful of times, and these are my thoughts on Cole. Extremely kind, extremely pleasant, extremely professional. And by professional means, like I couldn’t get pa, I couldn’t, I never felt like I ever really connected with him, but I felt, um, but I really liked him. But there was, I always felt like that there was a veneer or an air of like, professional to him, like, uh, um, like over Properness for me. And so I, I don’t know, I can’t speak to him, but I mean, he’s a class act, you know what I mean? I mean, he’s the, I think he’s the kind of guy who fucking holds it. No woman ever walks in a door behind this dude. You know what I mean? He’s been to the games 10 times. Uh, if you walk in the room, Cole stands up. Uh, he shakes your hands. Uh, he’s nice to kids, you know what I mean? He doesn’t kick dogs. I mean, fuck, I got like, so I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t answer the, uh,

John Young (21:27):

Does any of those things make you a good coach though?

Sevan Matossian (21:29):

No, but I don’t know. You, you, I mean, you seem to have, you guys would know better than me. I don’t know. But, but I, but I, I guess, I guess in, just in terms of his values, he seems, um, hard worker committed. Um,

John Young (21:42):

I don’t, I don’t doubt that he is not gonna give his fullest. Right,

Sevan Matossian (21:46):


John Young (21:48):

I don’t know. I just would rather get, like, Matt’s not competing anymore, so it’s a little different with him, but like, I don’t know. You take like somebody like Nick Fowler and Roman. I know, I know they’re not together anymore, but I would rather get coached by Nick than Roman. I would rather get coached by Michelle Tandra than Ner. Oh. Like it’s, it’s,

Sevan Matossian (22:07):

I see what you’re saying.

John Young (22:09):

Yeah. I think certain people make amazing

Sevan Matossian (22:11):

Coaches. Okay. So your big hangout with Cole’s is like, Hey, you’re divided. You got kids at home, you got, you’re a games athlete and you’re gonna fucking coach me. It’s

John Young (22:17):

A different beast. It’s different. It’s different. Right.

Sevan Matossian (22:19):

What about, what about, uh, Froning?

John Young (22:22):

He doesn’t coach.

Sevan Matossian (22:23):

Alright, fair enough. Um, okay.

John Young (22:27):

Kudos running that stuff, isn’t he? They have

Brian Spin (22:30):

A whole crew of coaches. They have a

John Young (22:32):

Lineup of coaches. Yeah. Yeah. I rather coach, coach by Shane and Tia, you know what I mean? Even though Tia’s the one that’s doing it, like it’s, and Shane’s not an elite athlete at all, but it’s, it’s, it’s a different thing.

Sevan Matossian (22:45):

I think a lot of people would like to be coached by Shane. You guys agree?

Brian Spin (22:50):

Yeah, I think he’s good. I I did notice, I did find out and see that, uh, Sidney’s been getting specific weightlifting training by a guy here in Nashville,

Sevan Matossian (22:59):

Who, who is,

Brian Spin (23:00):

I think it’s like Nashville weightlifting, I think is the

Sevan Matossian (23:02):

Instagram account. Who’s he’s getting

Brian Spin (23:03):

The training from her. No, Sydnee Sydney. Oh,

John Young (23:05):


Sevan Matossian (23:05):


Brian Spin (23:05):

Oh, yeah. She has some videos on Nashville weightlifting,

Sevan Matossian (23:10):

Uh, Jeremy World. Michael, I don’t know what, where this fits in, but Michael Jordan would’ve never wanted to be coached by Charles Barkley.

John Young (23:17):

I don’t think Michael Jordan wanted to be coached by anybody.

Sevan Matossian (23:20):

Uh, golf Fox, Trott, Yankee. I did not have an appetite for nothing burgers this evening. Don’t worry. We’re not serving any <laugh>. So there just serving gack and balls. Okay. Um, I, I wanna talk, I wanna talk about the doc. Uh, I’m not sure what that YouTube link is. I wanna, I wanna say one more thing, uh, about the doc here. What, what, what video, what have I linked you? Um, is there a time code on that? Oh, is this just the do what? What is this? Oh, thank you. Okay. Uh, thank you. So


Of all the comments I saw in the documentary, there was a documentary that was released a couple weeks ago, an enormously missed opportunity by CrossFit. Uh, we’ve, you know, I don’t think it ever went, I don’t know if it ever reached number one on the movies, but every time CrossFit releases anything on, uh, iTunes, if it’s promoted even at all halfway decently, it’ll reach number one on iTunes, and it will be a win for affiliates worldwide because there’s 700 million Apple TVs that have been sold worldwide. And when people click on that movie icon, they’ll see the CrossFit movie, whether they click it or not. What it does is it adds brand value. People wanna be with winners. Even if you hate CrossFit, you’ll even be like, fuck, those fuckers are at number one again. And, and it could stay in that, on that homepage for 10, 10 weeks if it’s promoted properly.


But it was not. And, uh, then pe the movie came out and people were, um, saying a lot of, there were a lot of positive things, but people were saying some negative things, and I wanna address a couple of them. People were saying that it was the same thing that it was every year. Well, uh, for starters, uh, she was only given, Mariah Moore was on this show and she was on Talking Elite Fitness, and she was only allowed, um, uh, she was only given three weeks notice, I think before she had to make this movie. She had an extremely limited budget. And, um, I thought it was a fucking miracle. And I thought the shooting and editing and audio and everything was stunning and top notch and, uh, beyond professional. Uh, on top of that, it’s an hour and 40 minutes and people are upset that there were things left out like Rebecca Fussier at the Capitol event.


Now I get it. It’s not that, but, but, but please be careful with what you write. Hey, this movie’s stupid because it didn’t include, it’s an hour and 40 minutes if you want to see that stuff. What they could have done, what they should have done is they should have put that in the iTunes extra, um, um, Hamilton Road, uh, Charlie Duby company made some amazing fucking content called, was it Miles to Madison? Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. And in that, there’s a whole episode where, uh, it’s the capital event. And they could have put that in the extras in iTunes, or someone could have told Mariah, Hey, let’s make this a a, a, um, three one hour movies. Let’s make this a miniseries. She probably didn’t have that latitude. So just be careful with the criticism you guys put in here. If you want to, if you want to help, um, uh, forward things and get movies like this, um, being made, all your negativity’s gonna get it killed, and we’re gonna fucking lose everything. For example, don’t be the jackass who orders something from Amazon and gives it a one star because it arrives damaged. We don’t give a fuck that it arrives damaged. We’re not reading the reviews to find out how it arrived.

Brian Spin (26:34):

Uh, I think my, I think what I see happen, and Mariah said it when, when she was talking to you, was they got input from the athletes. It sounds like CrossFit had multiple layers giving input of pulling stuff out, what they didn’t wanna see, and she was hamstrung from what she could produce.

Sevan Matossian (26:56):

Yeah, that sucks too, right? It reduces the drama, the tension, the stuff that could be controversial. Right.

John Young (27:02):

And I don’t think athletes should be allowed to do that unless it’s like personal, for instance. I bet t

Sevan Matossian (27:07):

Like you had a T fall out or something, or like you Yeah,

John Young (27:09):

Yeah, yeah. But like, like, so say, I bet Tia would’ve pulled, uh, from 2016 when she was looking on mopey and telling the camera person to not film her because she was in the leader’s jersey in the 2016 documentary. I bet she would’ve taken that wanted that taken out if she had the option, and we would’ve never gotten to see that. And the change of personalities that we see today,

Sevan Matossian (27:30):

Or how about the footage in, in the one year in the documentary that I captured that shows Benny handing, uh, Ricky a a vial of something as they go into the final event.

John Young (27:37):

They would’ve definitely wanted that <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (27:40):

Ricky didn’t want that shit in there. I mean, even if it was nothing, it’s like,

Brian Spin (27:45):


John Young (27:45):

Like I, I, I think those things need to be as raw as possible.

Sevan Matossian (27:50):

Okay. Uh, anyone else? Uh, Jr you wanna say anything about the documentary?

JR Howell (27:54):

Well, I was actually gonna say I just started watching it today and I’m exactly halfway through it. So a unique perspective that I have about it, just only listening to what you guys have said after seeing the whole thing, knowing now that people requested certain things to be taken out and she was given a really short amount of time, I guess I’m, I’m not surprised and am enjoying the fact that it really is just like a recap of the week, who was leading after which event, who was still on the running and not like, uh, the random, um, other person who strapped, broke on their jerry can when they went to pick it up. Right? Like, just something, something silly like that, like little, little tidbits of people that maybe aren’t as relevant to the leaderboard were, we’re definitely left out. And now I know at this point I’m probably not gonna get any of that, and that’s okay because there is a lot of consistency and congruency from at least beginning to middle. I kind of know what it is now and I know what to expect moving forward, watching it

John Young (28:52):

From a fan standpoint. I think it’ll be more appreciated like two or three years from now when you just wanna remember what happened, you know what I mean? The story and what, who was in the lead and all that stuff, um, without like looking on YouTube and watching 15 events. Does that make sense?

Brian Spin (29:09):

Does yeah. But I mean the, the poll, what they had with Mal and Matt about not, you know, having to rein her in and how she just wants to keep going and they cut that into just, just the best part. I guarantee if that would’ve gone from a, instead of a minute to three minutes, like you have a better appreciation for what was there.

Sevan Matossian (29:32):

You mean extend, you mean extend that portion? Give us even more insight into Mal and Fraser. Yeah, that part was intense.

Brian Spin (29:37):

And, and like if she said something about Roman, and I don’t know what was saying about it sounds like Russia or something like that, like those small little things. I mean, it could have just been Mal and Matt, what Roman said, giving a a more look of whatever Tia had said and had pulled, like just those three sections could have changed my personal view of what.

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