James Sprague | 2023 CrossFit Games Prep

Sevan Matossian (00:00):


James Sprague (00:00):

No, my, uh, my carrots, bro. I just can’t be crunching and munching while we’re here.

Sevan Matossian (00:05):

Bam. Bam. We are live.

James Sprague (00:08):

Roses are red. Vlu Avvo. I’m excited to be on this podcast with you.

Sevan Matossian (00:16):

<laugh>. Swooning.

James Sprague (00:18):

<laugh>. Woo.

Sevan Matossian (00:22):

Oh, James, you don’t know how bad I needed you tonight.

James Sprague (00:24):

Oh, dude, I figured I’d come on here. ’cause, uh, dLAN, you know, he killed it this morning and he was opposite of his last podcast where he was kind of gloom and glim. And I figured, uh, today he was happy. So I’ll do the opposite of what I usually do, and I’ll be, I’ll be sad today.

Sevan Matossian (00:38):

He, uh, he wasn’t Glooming Gliden before. He just had a limited vocabulary of like a thousand words. And now he has like, he knows like 3000 words. He was great this morning, huh?

James Sprague (00:47):

Dude, he freaking crushed it. I was so proud of him. He made all the others look silly.

Sevan Matossian (00:52):

The, um, the, the, all the athletes are are, are coming. Well, I’d say 90% of athletes are coming on here and just, just putting the love down on me. I so appreciate it. Making my job easy. But I’ve been bragging all week. I’m exhausted and I’ve been bragging all week. Oh God. I, if I can just make it to the James Prague podcast, that dude will carry this shit. Let’s

James Sprague (01:12):

Go. I’ll do whatever you need, man. You tell me all we need. Oh, oh,

Sevan Matossian (01:15):

Surprise. Look at that.

James Sprague (01:17):

Oh, crap. What’s up, James? I wasn’t expecting this. Mr.

Sevan Matossian (01:20):

Naples. Oh, I needed all the help I could get. Thank you. Calling in the big guns party and absolutely did not want you to know that I was coming on,

James Sprague (01:26):

Bro. This is crazy. <laugh>. My dad’s gonna have a hoot about this. Oh.

Sevan Matossian (01:32):

Tell your dad I love him. Can’t wait to meet him,

James Sprague (01:34):

Dude. You got it, bro. He just got two new Kias. He’s, he’s an ecstatic man.

Sevan Matossian (01:39):

Two Kias.

James Sprague (01:40):

Yeah. One for my brother, one for him.

Sevan Matossian (01:42):

Oh, it was one. I thought it was a one to get stolen and one to keep for himself.

James Sprague (01:46):

You know, it’s Seattle. You’re likely to get both stolen.

Sevan Matossian (01:48):

Is that where he is at? Seattle? Yeah,

James Sprague (01:50):

Bro. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (01:52):

Hey, dude. No, no. Shit. I’m not joking. I’m pretty sure the city of Seattle is suing Kia and Toyota because their cars are too Stealable.

James Sprague (02:02):

Oh, <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (02:03):

Interesting. Talk about deferring the blame.

James Sprague (02:07):

That sounds like a Seattle thing.

Sevan Matossian (02:09):

Uh, extra slot. Wow. 4 99 behind the scenes.

James Sprague (02:13):

<laugh>, bro. Let’s go. Hey, so Avon, the media blew up hearing you’re coming back today and that made me really happy.

Sevan Matossian (02:22):

Yeah, I, I’m, I just gotta not screw it up. I’m just gotta be cool. I gotta act cool.

James Sprague (02:27):

I mean, all you really gotta do is just be you like you are every day and you’re gonna make thousands of hearts happy.

Sevan Matossian (02:32):

I’m gonna be me, but I’m gonna cut off a section of it.

James Sprague (02:35):

Okay. I like

Sevan Matossian (02:36):

It. I’m gonna compartmentalize. That’s cool. Compartment com. Yeah. You know who reached out to me today? Uh, you might not know who this is, but they, and offered me just a crazy amount of support for the behind the scenes is Two Brain Business. Do you know who that is? No.


Uh, the guy’s name is Chris Cooper. He owns the largest gym consulting business in the world. Okay. And he’s got thousands of affiliates. Uh, he represents and reached out. I think it was his idea. Or Workington. That’s a good question. Yeah, these guys. Okay. He’s like, this dude reached out to me, the, the founder and c e o of this, and he is like, Hey, I’ll do whatever, whatever, whatever support you need. I’m so happy that CrossFit’s doing this authentic media again behind the scenes, it’s like the best stuff for the community. And I was like, Hey, this is the kind of thing, James. I know you see me and you look like I look like an old man to you, but like, when I get off the phone with him, like I call my mom and tell her,

James Sprague (03:27):

Oh, I like that.

Sevan Matossian (03:28):

You know what I mean? It’s like big time. I’m like, yo, mom. She’s like, what? <laugh> dude, I

James Sprague (03:33):

I just got off the phone with my mom. Today’s her birthday.

Sevan Matossian (03:36):


James Sprague (03:36):

It’s a great day, man. Mom’s birthday is a great day.

Sevan Matossian (03:41):

Uh, FSFI. Yes. Emma Carey. Yes. Danielle, Brandon, dLAN Pepper James. Yeah. My people. Sprague Uhhuh <affirmative>. Uh, I was, I was, I’m just freaking out on what is going on over there. It’s like the Matt Torres brute crew is just, I, I’m just so excited for you guys. What, what’s it like being over there? It must be just, you guys must be tickled.

James Sprague (04:07):

Dude. We are, we are tickled every day. I try and tickle everyone in a different way every day too. ’cause you know that gym is what it is because we have a good time. And, uh, you’ve heard this a million times. We all bring something a little different to the table. And um, and that’s why it works so well is there’s, there’s no really clashing and there’s no, there’s not too much hyper competitiveness and we all want it for each other, so it’s so great. And, um, I’m definitely like, so grateful I’ve been able to be with this crew. ’cause I do not think I would be where I am today without any of those people.

Sevan Matossian (04:39):

Uh, tell me, explain that. Sorry, go ahead Brian. Go ahead. Go ahead. I won’t forget. No, it’s, uh, I can ask after this. Uh, explain that. What do you mean? What, what what the what The turning a new leaf. What the frick

James Sprague (04:51):

What the frick, you now,

Sevan Matossian (04:52):

Now, dude, euphemism. What the frick is Emma Carey or Daniel Brandon, or do Pepper or Feig contributed to James Sprague? What the frick Oh

James Sprague (05:00):

Man, tell Well, everyone in different ways, um, has, has helped me become a better competitor in person. Um, and you know, I think everyone brings something different. Like I said, I different to the table. I could go into a lengthy explanation about each person, what their skill attributes are and their strengths. But like, it’s honestly just, um, you know, some days you’re in more of a mood, um, to have a certain vibe in that gym. And, um, and other days you’re in another mood to have more excitement and, um, excite and everyone can bring a little bit of everything that you need. So you can, you can really just boost off the energy in there and the morale in there. Even though we all have different music tastes, um, that’s the only thing we disagree on.

Sevan Matossian (05:40):

Let me throw a hand grenade. Let me come hard at you. You ready for some I’m come hard. You ready? Ahead. I’m concerned that you are a giver.

James Sprague (05:49):

I used to be too much of a giver and

Sevan Matossian (05:51):

Realize, and Danielle are, um, I don’t wanna say that they’re not givers, but you train with down givers and Danielle givers, they’re givers and they’re more, they’re more like in their own little zone. And I’m concerned that James might be like, giving too much. Like we might not, if I’m your agent, I’m like, Danielle, how much energy did you give, uh, Mr. Sprague today? No, they’re doing an audit on that shit. I’d be surprised. Okay.

James Sprague (06:12):

He so surprised how, okay. How, um, everyone like is there to better each other and it’s not like anyone wants to take away from another person. So, um, I feel like, um, dLAN really genuinely wants to help me on certain things. Like he told me, uh, after

Sevan Matossian (06:28):

<crosstalk> Yes. He talked about that today too, on the podcast about help, about sharing scores with you and instead genuine to Yes.

James Sprague (06:34):

Yes. And, and so it’s not, it’s not like we’re trying to hide anything from each other, which is great. Um, and like, I feel like I’m never walking into that gym like, oh, this person doesn’t want it for me. Mm-hmm. Like, we all want it for each other and, and, and, and cheer for each other and are happy for each other. Genuinely. Which is so great.

Sevan Matossian (06:52):

But they believe you guys believe in each other.

James Sprague (06:54):

Yes. And there’s no, like, you know, I I honestly think everyone’s so generous in their own way too. Like, like whether it’s just giving things to each other or giving advice or giving rides to the airport. Like, we’re just there for each other. I mean, I’m the only one here really without family. Like Emma has her parents, V has her, her person, uh, down as his wife. Uh, Danielle has someone, um,

Sevan Matossian (07:21):

Dang. Dang. Isn’t it cash?

James Sprague (07:24):

It’s cash. Dang.

Sevan Matossian (07:25):

Cash. Oh, cash, okay. Yeah, yeah,

James Sprague (07:26):

Yeah. Um, anyway, anyway, um, yeah, I I felt like they’ve been my family is what I’m trying to say.

Sevan Matossian (07:34):

Dude, I’m so stupid. Someone posted this picture of Danielle Brandon’s hand or like

James Sprague (07:39):

<crosstalk>. Dude, I posted one too. Did you see mine

Sevan Matossian (07:41):

Of the two hands with the like, touching it and someone goes, oh shit, it’s a soft launch. And I’m like, what does that mean? It’s a soft

James Sprague (07:47):

One. I made a soft launch too, bro.

Sevan Matossian (07:49):

Oh really? Let me see. <laugh>.

James Sprague (07:50):


Sevan Matossian (07:50):

On. I got you. I’m so don’t talk know how to talk. Twitter talks. Soft

James Sprague (07:54):

Launch. Dude. Dude. Me neither. I I, I just figured this was funny so I figured I’d mock it. But um, anyway, let

Sevan Matossian (08:01):

Me find my, myself. Look at Caleb’s trying to, Caleb doesn’t even know what you’re talking about. He is trying to find it before you. I can see him in the back end. Caleb’s

James Sprague (08:05):

Leaving. Dude, I put on my private story ’cause I was like, I should have done a main one though. Where is this dude? I did. I drew a picture of me down and Danielle the other day. Hold on. Can see. Oh, that was for, that was for Matt’s card. That’s us. I

Sevan Matossian (08:19):

Drew a picture of Are you, are you the tall one?

James Sprague (08:21):

I’m the tall one. Yeah. Tall, skinny boy That’s trying to, trying to get better at lifting weights. Dude. Where’s this picture? It’s

Sevan Matossian (08:28):

Getting better. So funny. Dang. Is he getting better? Brian absolutely is.

James Sprague (08:32):

Thank you. Hey, I, I mean, I mean the weightlifting one will have to show it this year, but it

Sevan Matossian (08:38):

Is this. Yeah, this. Yes. Someone’s like, dude, soft launch. Soft launch. I’m like, soft launch. Oh. Oh, so good. It says it in there. Oh, so good.

James Sprague (08:47):

Yes. Let’s go.

Sevan Matossian (08:50):

Oh my goodness.

James Sprague (08:51):

Here’s mine.

Sevan Matossian (08:54):

Uh, what’s it say? Uh, I, I, what’s it say? What’s the writing say?

James Sprague (08:59):

It says at Coach Domino. ’cause I was at coffee with him that morning too. Oh.

Sevan Matossian (09:04):

Oh, so you <laugh> and you wrote, did you write hard launch?

James Sprague (09:08):

No. Oh yeah, I did. I did. <laugh>. No shame.

Sevan Matossian (09:12):


James Sprague (09:12):

No shame.

Sevan Matossian (09:14):

Oh, it so you guys are having fun.

James Sprague (09:16):

Oh yeah. So much fun.

Sevan Matossian (09:18):

Pumped to watch you at the games and in the behind the scenes. James crush it also. Hi, Ryan. Missed you much.

James Sprague (09:24):

Thank you very much.

Sevan Matossian (09:25):

Uh, pool boy. I’ll ask for everyone. Is Danielle dating Matt? A dollar 99. How much you need to put up James <laugh>? How much,

James Sprague (09:37):

How much? Keep keep it going for my boy.

Sevan Matossian (09:40):

Uh, tank Res James just fricking crush Flopper

James Sprague (09:43):

Dude. People hate on flop so much, bro.

Sevan Matossian (09:46):

Oh, I love Jason. He gets

James Sprague (09:47):

A lot of like the enemy of crossing even though he isn’t like, people treat him like that just ’cause they want enemy so bad. They have to make him it.

Sevan Matossian (09:54):


Brian Friend (09:54):

And I think, I think, you know, he came out of the gates, he was in the public a lot. He was having conversations and now he is just receded and he is been, yes. He’s just very quiet and trains hard. And shows up and competes. Yes. And I think, I think people wanna hear more from him.

James Sprague (10:06):

I agree. He’s, he’s really fun. I, doing Guap Palooza with him was super fun ’cause I got to hang out with him a little bit while watching Dally do Indie. Dwin do Indie. And it was just like the way, the way he just has a good time and doesn’t stress is also really cool. ’cause he, he’s definitely gonna have a long sustainable career with that.

Sevan Matossian (10:25):

Um, what, what are you, uh, um, Mr. Spray, what are you, um, what do you wanna showcase? Uh, at the games this year, like, and I, I’m stealing that from someone, uh, Paige Powers told me that she’s been working on a running and I think she said, yeah, three days a week I’ve been running. I’m like, I’m excited to showcase my running. You got anything like that besides your body? I mean, you were turning into a man already, but now you are straight man, dude. Oh, you’re, you’re the Pat Barber 2.0 James, you’re like a full-size Pat Barber. You’re a man animal dude.

Brian Friend (10:52):

Yeah, James, there was a, there was a picture from a few weeks now to a month ago. It was, it was you and Dan and Danielle. I think we went Weight Fest who maybe had just done a run around the Naples or something like that. And I felt like, uh, anyone, I mean, I lived in Naples. You know what the, the community’s like. I’m like, anyone saw these three people running down the street? Like, are they just ducking and covering

James Sprague (11:13):

<laugh>? No, dude, we, I feel like we still don’t even, like D and Danielle look like they do fitness. I feel like I still have some, uh, work to do to look like I’m a, I’m a weightlifter, but I, I’ve gone better dude. Are you

Sevan Matossian (11:26):

Kidding me? You’re, you got like a six pack and you’re just, your body’s just, you’re, you. Let’s like, you’re like Tom, Tom Cruise all juiced up. Not Tom Cruise. Tom Selleck all juiced up. You’re like a all Jack Tom. Uh, you’re making me blush. Tom Selleck. You’re

James Sprague (11:39):

Making me blush. I appreciate that. That’s, that’s really sweet. Si on My girlfriend wanted to tell you that she has bigger biceps than you, by the way.

Brian Friend (11:47):

<laugh>. <laugh>.

James Sprague (11:51):

Oh, Danica. If you’re watching this. There you go.

Sevan Matossian (11:54):

Okay. Yeah. Look at this. Look at this.

James Sprague (11:57):

Is that good?

Sevan Matossian (11:58):

Oh my God, dude, I’m concerned. Lay off the, that’s little balance, bro. Lay off the, that

James Sprague (12:02):

Was the worst workout. We did all of the, the whole summer right there. It was so bad.

Sevan Matossian (12:08):

Oh, what are you, what, what do you wanna showcase? What are, what are, what are, maybe you were a little intimidated by last year, but this year you’re like, Hey dude, I’ll smash you if you show your face.

James Sprague (12:18):

Yeah, man, that’s a great question. I think, uh, this might sound cliche, but I want to showcase my heart. Um, and, and really just like, go out there and, and have a good time and soak in the experience. First off, um, because it’s like a blessing to be there each year at the games. It’s never promised. Um, and, um, but if we’re talking like raw general fitness, what I wanna showcase, uh, I wanna showcase my ability to do things outdoors. Uh, I’m a I’m a athlete at heart. I’ve done every sport. Um, I, I’m adaptable to new things. And I think the games, uh, if you can adapt to new things and things that aren’t inside a gym, I think you can do pretty well. Um, so things like running, swimming, biking are right up my alley and I’ve never really gotten to showcase those things on a big stage. Maybe things like water palooza and whatever, but I, I think that this will be cool to actually get to do these things repeat after repeat after repeat on event, on event, event. Um, and, uh, and of course I think just been working on strength so much this year, so it’ll be cool to like put the barbell of the test and like all that good stuff and odd objects.

Brian Friend (13:24):

When it, when it comes to those mono structural implements, would you rather see ’em in isolation or more like bike to work style coupled with something else?

James Sprague (13:31):

Um, I honestly don’t care. I I, I’m good with anything. I think the, like, I’m pretty decent with CrossFit too. Just any CrossFit workouts. So combine some movements, whatever time domain it is. Um, I feel I’ve, I feel like I’m just well balanced enough now to not care. Where it used to would’ve been, I just want single modality. Um, now I’m like, hey, mix it up. Let’s do it.

Sevan Matossian (13:55):

Brian, second place in in workout one. Before I ask James, I wanna ask you, uh, surprised that he took, uh, that he took second place in the semi-finals in event one that was the machines and, and the sled pool.

James Sprague (14:08):

Yes sir.

Brian Friend (14:11):

So, um, we’ve been doing the a, uh, athlete spotlights over on b friendly fitness for the last two weeks. That score is fourth best amongst all the guys at the games. Wow. The second best in the North America east. But it held up pretty well and we know that there were some potential inconsistencies in that workout anyway. So extremely good score. And as a, like a, a fan who’s trying to see, well, what might James do well at that, a style of workout like that would bode very well for him.

Sevan Matossian (14:37):

That’d be cool. So you, so so you’re not surprised knowing him, you’re like, uh, yep. He second though, in that field, there’s some hos in that field

Brian Friend (14:47):

I know, but he, I mean he mentioned it already is that he’s has experience doing well in workouts against high level fields. He’s, you know, uh, was it second place in that, uh, running, running swimming workout at Waap Palooza James?

James Sprague (15:00):

Yeah. Second’s the story of my life lately. So I need to change that,

Sevan Matossian (15:04):


Brian Friend (15:05):

Is it, you know, but to take second, second place finishes against Yeah. Some of the best fields in the world. Those are the things that you need to, you need to be able to do at the CrossFit games to, you know, survive the cuts and maximize your potential there. You can’t, you cannot do as well if you’re just constantly finishing 15 through 25. Agreed. Even if you have a couple bad finishes, you need those big finishes.

James Sprague (15:24):


Sevan Matossian (15:25):

Uh, James, are you surprised you took second?

James Sprague (15:28):

Uh, no, I wanted to win that one then my sled flipped, but that’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (15:33):

Um, would would you call that, uh, what would you call that workout? Was it a sled workout? Was it a running workout? Was it a Oh, all sled.

James Sprague (15:39):


Sevan Matossian (15:39):

Sled. Yeah. All sled. All sled

James Sprague (15:40):

For sure.

Brian Friend (15:42):

Well, he says that, but there’s this element of those style of workouts that you can never underestimate. And I think that, uh, Roman Koff actually described it the best, uh, after, uh, DT with a spin last year at Rogue is that, you know, even though the workout might’ve been won on the sled, if you can run at the same pace as me on the runner and feel better coming off to it off of it, yeah. That matters a lot. True. So if you’re able to manage the paces on the machines, well you’re setting yourself up better for this, this sled. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. So you, I still think there’s a minimum like, like requisite that was required to be good on the machines in order to capitalize on the sled work.

James Sprague (16:17):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative> that, that makes sense. Yeah. I mean, you can’t have any weak link in, in a workout where there’s a bunch of modalities. Like if you have one that’s gonna slow you down, it’s gonna hurt the whole workout. ’cause it’ll affect the other movements that you may be strong at too. Um, but yeah, I think that this whole year has been targeted for me at training just to be a well-rounded athlete. And I think Matt, coach Matt helped me do a really good job of just making that happen and making that goal come to fruition. And so I’m grateful for the year of hard work that we put in.

Sevan Matossian (16:49):

Hey Brian, is that also your way of saying, Hey James is good at, uh, machines?

Brian Friend (16:54):

Yeah, and I think it compliments what he mentioned earlier, which is, um, you know, you, you gimme a bike with some pull-ups. I’m cool with that because I know I can, I can handle the bike and I can hang on the pull-ups. So, you know, he’s gonna come into that stadium feeling good enough to maximize his potential on the pull-ups. And even if you know someone, uh, that that’s gonna be there like a Noah Olsson Koski that has a super fast cycle ride on that gets him by a few seconds there, he feels confident enough to make it up on the, on the bike on the next round.

James Sprague (17:21):

Totally. It’s really interesting ’cause uh, me and Noah got to train together, uh, uh, about a month ago I went out to his gym in Miami and we did a workout that like, had some really good elements for me and some really good elements for him. It was like a barbell and some, some burpees and it was just interest, interesting to see like his shorter cycle rate helped him on the bar. But my aerobic ness helped me on the burpees and we were like a second off in that workout, like we finished at the same time. So it doesn’t like what, you just need to be know where you can push as an athlete with your strengths and know where, hey, maybe I’ll hold back a little bit in this part. So, um,

Brian Friend (17:58):

Have you, uh, are you planning to work out with B K G at between, uh, the games and now at all? Just trying to see if you’re making the rounds of 10 year athletes.

James Sprague (18:05):

Oh man. For real though. I’ve hit, I’ve hit it up with Kat Cole and Noah now I need to get him on the list, I guess.

Sevan Matossian (18:13):

Yeah. Why don’t you actually know him? Why did you go to Miami, James? Why did you go to work out with Noah for experience or? I have

James Sprague (18:18):

Just loved his vibe and loved who he is as a person and I, I, I love his energy and kind of resonate a lot with how he approaches this career, um, as like, you know, he’s happy he’s in it, but always hungry for more. I, I love his mantra and I just love who he is as a human. So I, I really wanted to get out there be, if this was his real final hoorah, um,

Brian Friend (18:40):

Something, something tells me teach something teach he’s

James Sprague (18:42):

Gonna want more after this. But we’ll see.

Brian Friend (18:45):

Are they, are they giving you any tips over there when you’re training?

Sevan Matossian (18:48):


James Sprague (18:48):

Yeah. I mean, I try and learn as much as I can. Like always try and be the student in the room and I think try and talk less, which sounds silly coming from me, but talk less and you’ll learn more.

Sevan Matossian (19:01):

Hey, have you ever got any blowback for how, how cool you are and how nice you are? Noah? Noah is so nice and yet he gets blowback for being nice. It’s, it’s, it’s kind of crazy to me.

James Sprague (19:12):

He gets it because people are jealous of who he is and his character and, and they think that that’s not genuinely possible to be like that. But in reality it’s ’cause those people don’t even realize. Like that’s a real thing that you can have if you place your, your values in the right spots and, and work hard and are humble and, and treat people well. Like, like you’re gonna be rewarded for that.

Sevan Matossian (19:34):

You know, it’s funny you say that about people don’t believe that’s who he really is. I do remember at one CrossFit games he showed up, like I had filmed with him one year. It was, we had absolute blast. We showed up the next year and he was pretty serious and somewhere through I go, Hey snow, you don’t seem like yourself. And he goes, this is on day one. He goes, yeah, I’m trying to be like more serious and not fool around more. And by day two or three he was like doing his being all hap super positive and happy. And I go, Hey, what’s up? He goes, forget that. I’m like, dude, right, that didn’t work. Like, that’s stupid. I’m just gonna be me. And I was like, dang,

James Sprague (20:03):

Everyone has a different way they’re gonna succeed. Right? And so this is something I, um, talk about with, with Matt. Like, me and dLAN recover differently. He’ll recover better in a dark room, I’ll recover better playing golf. Um, like it doesn’t, it doesn’t mean one’s right, it means one’s right for one person, one’s right for the other. So it’s like it Noah’s way of recovering between events maybe, uh, maybe being, uh, what’s the word, um,

Sevan Matossian (20:28):

Gregarious, outspoken social. Yeah, Josh gr Yeah. Social and just rich ney going the moment.

James Sprague (20:32):

Yeah. And someone else’s might be taking a nap talking to Noah one and being in their zone and no way is right or wrong, but you have to find what works for you.

Sevan Matossian (20:42):

Uh, Heidi Krum. Uh, Sarah Cox, will you please adopt me? <laugh> Sarah Cox, California Peptide.

James Sprague (20:50):

Let’s go.

Sevan Matossian (20:50):

Alright, have your girlfriend act. Does your girlfriend really think that her biceps bigger than that?

James Sprague (20:55):

Dude, you should see her Instagram bro. She’s strong. She, she, she’s front squatted 2 55, push pressed 180 5. Um, think she’s claimed 200.

Sevan Matossian (21:06):

Let me see her. What, what? Let me see. What’s her name? Mrs. Sprague n

James Sprague (21:09):

Not yet.

Sevan Matossian (21:12):

Let me see her bicep. Look at the way she’s cupping your tits up there in that top photo. My, let’s God, let’s go

James Sprague (21:17):


Sevan Matossian (21:17):

Geez Louise.

James Sprague (21:18):

People thought this was an engagement photo, but it wasn’t.

Sevan Matossian (21:21):

Dude, have you parted her?

James Sprague (21:23):

Have I parted her? What’s that

Sevan Matossian (21:24):

Mean? Carted. Carted?

James Sprague (21:26):

Like as in like a, like

Sevan Matossian (21:27):

Is she 18,

James Sprague (21:29):

Bro? Oh yeah. She’s, she’s older than me. Two, two years older than me.

Sevan Matossian (21:33):

Okay. Oh, okay. I, let me see that pull up video with the, with in the pink shirt right there in the top. That might show some sense that, oh, I could do that too. I can moonwalk.

James Sprague (21:43):

Let’s go. See, this is getting competitive now. I

Sevan Matossian (21:45):

Can moonwalk I can do that. I can thrust like a son of a gun. So

James Sprague (21:50):

Here’s what you gotta do. You gotta come work out with us in the off season. You can fly up to Coeur d’Alene, hang out with us for a week. I’ll make you good food and you can work out with us. You,

Sevan Matossian (21:58):

You do

Brian Friend (21:58):

Realize he’s flying to Madison. He’s taking his one trip for three years.

Sevan Matossian (22:01):

No, no. Hey, I’m going to Coeur d’Alene on September 10th for a month.

James Sprague (22:06):

Wait, no you’re not.

Sevan Matossian (22:07):


James Sprague (22:08):

Wait, no, wait. We’ll have you over for dinner. We’ll have a whole night. Yes.

Sevan Matossian (22:12):

Are you serious? Yes. Yes.

James Sprague (22:13):

Wait, Brian, you just totally jinx that, bro.

Sevan Matossian (22:16):

That’s great news. But I am driving there. Brian is right about that. I am driving, driving there from California. I’m not getting in a plane again. So,

James Sprague (22:23):

So I’m guessing it’s like 14, 15 hours

Sevan Matossian (22:25):

For you. Yeah, 15. Yeah.

James Sprague (22:27):

Dang. Yeah, we’d be happy to have you bro. That would be awesome.

Sevan Matossian (22:30):


James Sprague (22:31):

Um, who are you staying with

Sevan Matossian (22:32):

With Greg? Last name? No way. Yeah, yeah. For a month. For a month. Well, he doesn’t know that it’s 15 hours. He invited me up. I’m coming with my family. I didn’t ask when I’m leaving, but I, but I know he’s gonna be there till like October 10th or whatever, so I’m just in my head I’m like, I’m not leaving till he asked me to leave. I’m not. ’cause the Dr I’m gonna be so scarred from that drive. <laugh>,

James Sprague (22:53):

If he kicks you out, if he kicks you out, just know you got a place with me and my dad. Uh, we’re getting a nice little ice tub. We’ll, we’ll take you out boating. We’ll, we’ll we’ll hang out, we’ll make some steaks. We got a garage gym.

Sevan Matossian (23:04):

We’ll have a bicep off. What’s your girlfriend’s name again? What’d you say? What’s your girlfriend’s name? Danica. Danica.

Brian Friend (23:10):

Definitely measuring the biceps.

James Sprague (23:12):


Sevan Matossian (23:13):

I actually, I can show you my California peptides and you can be like, oh man, I wish I could take those. I wish I wasn’t a professional athlete.

James Sprague (23:19):

That’d be awesome. I actually, you know, Olivia Ulek, she competed last year. Um, she’s a friend of mine. We actually,

Sevan Matossian (23:25):

I don’t, but Brian does.

James Sprague (23:27):

Yes. So she actually, she’s super, super strong. Uh, me, Emma and her we’re measuring our quads and her quads are bigger than mine and we measured biceps and her biceps were bigger than mine. And I was just like, is she doing

Brian Friend (23:39):

Weightlifting though?

James Sprague (23:40):

Uh, no, but she still works out. She’s still really strong.

Sevan Matossian (23:46):

Um, yeah,

Brian Friend (23:46):

She was good.

Sevan Matossian (23:47):

What, tell me, I wanna talk about your, uh, final, I wanna talk about two things. I wanna talk about, uh, fee’s, final event with you. Uh, but I wanna talk about your final event first, but let me ask, let me poke Brian again one more time. So Brian, we got, uh, a second place in the first event with the machine and seventh place, his third best finish at the semi-final. And once again, we have a machine. Um,

Brian Friend (24:08):

Well the crazy thing is that seventh Place Yeah. Was actually was eighth place against the entire, uh, qualifiers. So like the top

Sevan Matossian (24:15):


Brian Friend (24:16):

Uh, all of the 40 men that made it to the game. So only one other person outside of North America East beat him on that workout. The five best times in the world on that workout came outta that semi-final. There were only four times under four minutes. Wow. Uh, dLAN, Jason Roman and Alec Yo and Luke Parker’s time was the next best in the world. And James’ was eighth best. So this, you know, and then there was a, I can’t remember who else finished in that mix, but they had seven of the best eight times in the world on that workout in the east.

James Sprague (24:42):

Let’s go east representing

Sevan Matossian (24:42):

James. Are are James, is your back hurt?

James Sprague (24:45):

No, dude, why are you gonna make some joke?

Sevan Matossian (24:47):

No, no. I just saw you put a pillow behind your back or something. The way you adjust yourself. I’m like, is this dude injured? You’re not injured. No,

James Sprague (24:53):

Dude, I’m, I’m healthier than I’ve ever

Sevan Matossian (24:55):

Been. Okay. Okay. Okay. I’ll shut up. I I can got, I ain’t got nothing.

James Sprague (24:58):

Alright. No, no. I literally, I, I, it’s honestly crazy. I felt like I was gonna come through this games training with some nicks and necks and nooks and crannies and yeah. Uh, I’m super grateful. I haven’t really had to deal with nothing.

Sevan Matossian (25:12):

Um, uh, so Brian, uh, he he has a fantastic finish that’s even better than what it shows here when you consider the entire field. But, uh, does the bike play a big role in that? Is that, once again, if you’re, if you’re playing Tyler’s fantasy fitness at, uh, he 17 or whatever that thing’s called and you see a machine, do you put spray again?

Brian Friend (25:32):

Is he Possibly. Possibly. But I think, uh, I mean I think he’s, is he,

Sevan Matossian (25:36):

Should he his name be mentioned with Hopper and Roman?

Brian Friend (25:40):

Um, I don’t know. I think Uhoh, you

Sevan Matossian (25:43):

Know, uhoh

Brian Friend (25:44):

Well, I mean those

Sevan Matossian (25:44):

Guys have is too far. I tried to go too much too, too quick. Just there’s

James Sprague (25:47):

Not such saying as too far.

Brian Friend (25:48):

No, I I just, I just don’t know because there’s, uh, you know, those guys have a lot more data points at, at Rogue at the games for the last, you know, year and two years. Um, where they’ve been able to show consistent excellence in that regard. I think that, you know, James has a similar, he’s a bit another big athlete that’s competing and he has an engine. So, you know, I think it’s likely the answer is likely yes. But, you know, I wanna see a couple top five finishes on workouts like that at the games to make, you know, make me feel more confident.

James Sprague (26:16):


Sevan Matossian (26:16):

O, o, o. Okay. So James, uh, thank you, uh, Mr. Friend, uh, walk us through that. You go that event’s about to start and what do you know? Like, what is Matt or Dom whisper in your ear? DC Look at me. I’m learning all the names now. Oh,

James Sprague (26:31):

Matt, you’re doing good. Fired up on, you’re really good.

Sevan Matossian (26:34):

Oh, just someone be like, Hey dude, do or die. You want to go home?

James Sprague (26:38):

Yes. Oh, Dom did the most of that with me. Um, Matt had this confidence in me like no one else. And he had it the whole weekend and he is always had it like this isn’t, Matt wasn’t even worried basically. ’cause he knew like, oh, this is your event. Like honestly, if I was in a place where I could have risked it more, I think I would’ve, um, in that event, but I just really wanted to stay ahead of the two guys next to me. So I just did what I needed to do and not like, do anything stupid. Um, so it would’ve been nice to like be in a position where I could do a little more in that workout, but it was like, um, honestly it was really nice. Knowing the last workout was something I was super confident in versus the year before I was a workout that I was like, oh crap, anything could happen.

Sevan Matossian (27:21):

Oh. Who were the two guys you’re referencing?

James Sprague (27:23):

Uh, one was named Austin from Mayhem, I forget

Sevan Matossian (27:27):

His last

Brian Friend (27:27):

Austin Hatfield.

James Sprague (27:28):

Hatfield and then Spencer Pancheck.

Sevan Matossian (27:30):

And, um, and specifically because they were on either side of you or because someone had told you, Hey, you need to score wise, those two dudes have to finish behind you.

James Sprague (27:38):

Those two dudes had to finish behind me, basically. I had like 11 points on ’em, but I couldn’t let, if, if I got beat by both of ’em, it wasn’t good.

Sevan Matossian (27:46):


Brian Friend (27:46):

Were, there were three, three guys may, maybe four fighting for the last two spots. And those were the two biggest threats.

Sevan Matossian (27:52):

Yeah. And um, and when you say you wish you could have risked more, what would that have looked like?

James Sprague (27:58):

Um, full send the bike way harder.

Sevan Matossian (28:01):

All three rounds from the

Brian Friend (28:02):


James Sprague (28:03):

<laugh>? Yeah, from

Sevan Matossian (28:04):

The start. <laugh>

Brian Friend (28:05):

Really? ’cause I, you know, uh, that, that d that uh, I think it was Vin Yo and Roman did that and they, that didn’t work. They couldn’t hang out at the end.

James Sprague (28:14):

Yeah, I don’t know. I probably down and me in those workouts, like in training will be pretty dang close. Um, it’s actually interesting. Game training with him was so fascinating because it was the first time like he would beat me in aerobic stuff and it was the first time I beat him in weights, so it was so interesting ’cause like, like we’ve never had that before and like he’s been working at that thing so hard that I’ve always been naturally good at. And then I’ve been working at the thing so hard that he’s been naturally good at. So it was just, it was just a weird experience and, and fun for both of us.

Sevan Matossian (28:47):

Uh, Eaton Beaver, uh, Savon, you were looking pretty lean. Uh, as I mentioned before, I am, uh, I heard a, I I’m doing something that I’ll tell you guys after the games, so you don’t judge me now, but I’m doing something that I heard a, um, CrossFit games athlete, an athlete who’s not going to the games this year, but who went last year who said that they knew they had a eating disorder when they started doing stuff like this. And that’s what I’m doing and it’s working. <laugh> you ever,

James Sprague (29:13):

You ever do fast, bro.

Sevan Matossian (29:15):

I’ve fasted now and again. Yes. I fasted now and again,

James Sprague (29:18):

<laugh>, I think I’m gonna try one after the game just to like, see how it feels because I’ve done,

Brian Friend (29:21):

Like, James, you’re talking like a 24 hour fast or like a five day fast?

James Sprague (29:25):

No, like a two or three. Like, like, so I don’t, I would never wanna do that if I was training, but like with a couple weeks off just to see how it could like cleanse you out. I don’t know. It could feel good.

Sevan Matossian (29:35):

I, James, I, I haven’t basically for more than three years, I have, I’ve done a 30 hour fast every week. Uh, I stop eating Saturday night. I don’t eat again until Monday morning.

James Sprague (29:44):

Wow. You sound wow. That’s interesting. Okay.

Sevan Matossian (29:49):

It’s old man shit. You’ll see. Wow. Okay. I like

Brian Friend (29:52):

That. If you’ve never, if you’ve never anyone who’s listening, if you’ve never spent an entire day from waking up to going to bed without eating, I think everyone should.

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