Josh Bridges | Paying The Man – Who smelled the worst?

Sevan Matossian (00:03):

You know what it is? It’s what happens when you leave the road caster on attached to the phone. Look it off. On, off. God, this fucking thing is a joke. All of ’em do it. You leave the phone. It is great long and it just starts doing that noise. I wonder if that’s loud for the listeners. Bam. We’re live. Yesterday. I was in a stump. What’s it called? I was in the doldrums

Caleb Beaver (00:34):


Sevan Matossian (00:35):

Yeah, slump. Yesterday. I was in a slump. I was angry yesterday. Woo. All better, all better. Feel so good. I’m excited to see Josh Bridges. There he is. Look at him. Bam.

Caleb Beaver (00:48):


Sevan Matossian (00:50):

Sorry. Veteran of the United States Navy.

Caleb Beaver (00:53):

That’s me.

Sevan Matossian (00:54):

Hey dude. I watched like six of your videos yesterday.

Caleb Beaver (00:58):


Sevan Matossian (00:59):

Beast? Dude, you look like a beast. Get your arm hanging out of your shirt. All vascular. You’re all tan. Hey man.

Caleb Beaver (01:06):

Thank you. You’re

Sevan Matossian (01:07):

With a hot wife. You’re with the boy who’s deadlifting 1 45.

Caleb Beaver (01:11):

Damn son

Sevan Matossian (01:12):

Getting all swollen. I watched his quad. I watched him turn from the skinny little boy. A minute one to fucking minute 14. He’s all fucking pumped. He’s

Caleb Beaver (01:19):

Jacked. Dude. Just getting jacked. I’m

Sevan Matossian (01:22):

Pumped for you.

Caleb Beaver (01:23):

Thanks man. I appreciate

Sevan Matossian (01:24):

It. Upstairs, downstairs. Gym, outside gym. God, I just kept thinking how uncomfortable this must’ve made you making a video with your you out of Charact. You were really putting yourself in some uncomfortable situations. This CrossFit shit is easy compared to doing videos with your wife and your kids.

Caleb Beaver (01:42):

Yeah, that’s true. That is a fact. You were going

Sevan Matossian (01:44):

Out on a limb

Caleb Beaver (01:48):

Just fucking dabbling. Are

Sevan Matossian (01:50):

You on drug? Are you on steroids or anything?

Caleb Beaver (01:52):

God, no.

Sevan Matossian (01:53):

Your body is fucking insane.

Caleb Beaver (01:56):

I appreciate that. Man.

Sevan Matossian (01:57):

Fuck is going on. You look the best you’ve ever looked. Your face is all chiseled. You look like you should be in a Western dude. Seriously. Don’t understand how you’re not a movie star. You’re a bad dude. Look at you.

Caleb Beaver (02:07):

You’re fucking fired up, baby. Let’s go. Let’s fucking go.

Sevan Matossian (02:12):

Dude, I watched all these videos last night. I worked out to him. I was actually in the garage kind of putzing around and then actually, this is one of the first ones I watched with you and your lady, and I just started like, fuck this. This chick’s not going to work out harder than me. And I was like getting into it.

Caleb Beaver (02:26):

Dude. She beat me in the workout. Man, that was fucking ridiculous. I mean, she went a little light on the dumbbells, but that’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (02:31):

Look at you making excuses.

Caleb Beaver (02:33):

I know, exactly. I hate losing. I hate losing to anybody.

Sevan Matossian (02:40):

Hey, you’re settled. Colorado’s home.

Caleb Beaver (02:43):

Yeah, for right now. For a while.

Sevan Matossian (02:45):

Yeah. Good to see you. I’m glad to have you on here. The easiest guest in all of podcast history.

Caleb Beaver (02:52):

Dude, look at all those fucking sponsors down there, bro. Just pouring yourself out. Good for

Sevan Matossian (02:58):

You. Oh my God, dude.

Caleb Beaver (03:00):

Good for you.

Sevan Matossian (03:01):

It’s so good. Yeah, $1,600 a month on tennis lessons is nothing anymore.

Caleb Beaver (03:06):

Fuck. Good. That’s good to hear. I’m glad Avi’s still getting his tennis lessons.

Sevan Matossian (03:12):

I went to the Goodwill the other day and got a jacket and sent it to Caleb. I feel Put a full tank of gas in my van. You see he’s wearing the jacket right there. Nice.

Caleb Beaver (03:19):

Yeah. Yeah, for sure. I dig it. 60% off at North Face Cyber Monday deals baby.

Sevan Matossian (03:26):

Hey, you see Scott stalling much?

Caleb Beaver (03:30):

No, I don’t see him very often at all. I haven’t seen Scott and well, that’s not true. I saw him this past January, so we did a pay him camp normally around the same time as the Farmer’s insurance tournament, which is in San Diego, and he typically comes out and does some of those. Our last pay him camp, he actually came out and did some workouts with us.

Sevan Matossian (03:56):

Oh, that’s cool as shit.

Caleb Beaver (03:57):

Yeah, it was really cool.

Sevan Matossian (03:58):

Hey, you time that on purpose like that, you’re like, okay, I’m going to get some golfing in with my buddy Scott and

Caleb Beaver (04:04):

Yeah, exactly. Yep, we do.

Sevan Matossian (04:06):

That’s smart.

Caleb Beaver (04:07):

Yeah. Yeah. Good dude. Scott Scatty. What’s that?

Sevan Matossian (04:13):

The reason why I asked that out of the blue, I was, I was watching your videos and I was like, I wonder if Josh is not hobnobbing as much. You’re not seeing people, you’re not getting out because you’re looking more and more like a homebody. Like, okay, I got my kids here. I’m training my kids. I got a wife. I was just thinking, oh, wonder, I’ll start with Scott. I wonder if he’s rubbing elbows with Scott anymore.

Caleb Beaver (04:38):

I mean, I definitely don’t get out as much any, well, I mean, I didn’t really get out much before either, man.

Sevan Matossian (04:45):

You didn’t go to the games though this year?

Caleb Beaver (04:48):

No. Why didn’t I go to the games I wanted to

Sevan Matossian (04:52):

Because no one’s paid because obviously there was no reason to go there. There was no money in it for you. So you’re like, fuck that. I ain’t going. I’ll stay at home with my kids.

Caleb Beaver (04:57):

Yeah, I guess here’s the thing,

Sevan Matossian (05:01):

And by the way, before anyone pulls judgment on that, it’s hard to go to the games when you’re a worker. Like Josh has always gone to the games to work, and so it’s weird for someone who’s always worked an event to go there and not work the event. So if he didn’t have work there, whether it was be lifting heavy shit or pedaling coffee, he ain’t going.

Caleb Beaver (05:21):

Yeah, it’s definitely a little weird just going as a spectator and not doing it for any reason. I still enjoy it, obviously. I still watch it. Also, Madison wasn’t my favorite venue. No

Sevan Matossian (05:34):


Caleb Beaver (05:34):

No, I didn’t it. I don’t feel like logistically it was set up very well. It was hard to get hotels. It was more expensive. They definitely, everything got, every hotel room was way overpriced.

Sevan Matossian (05:50):

Double, double, double.

Caleb Beaver (05:51):

Yeah. And so logistically wise, that’s one of the main reasons I didn’t love it. It wasn’t like I hated it. It was just like LA was so much easier in fucking, where was that? What was the town called? It was in Carson. Yeah, Carson

Sevan Matossian (06:11):

Called Hood.

Caleb Beaver (06:13):

Yeah, but there’s also lots of shit around it, so no, the games wasn’t this, oh, we get to overcharge for everything. You could find a good spot anywhere. That was the tough spot about Madison. Madison’s a little harder to get to flying. Not as many direct flight and shit,

Sevan Matossian (06:33):

But what’s interesting is you didn’t go to the games that you were intimately, would you say, involved with the Rogue Invitational?

Caleb Beaver (06:40):

Yes, very much so. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (06:42):

Tell me that relationship with Bill and Katie.

Caleb Beaver (06:46):

I mean, I’ve obviously been a rogue athlete since 2011.

Sevan Matossian (06:51):

They’ll sell your shirt. Is that what that means when you say you’re a rogue athlete?

Caleb Beaver (06:55):

I don’t know. Basically you become an ambassador for the company. Like, Hey, I use Rogue equipment and Yeah, it’s awesome. Obviously, I remember reaching out to Bill and Katie on one of my deployments before I was even an athlete, and they hooked it up and sent me gear and overseas and obviously been a rogue, basically just love the company. The company’s a great company and been a part of that as the little, little bit of part, or whatever you want to call it, an athlete, rogue athlete. I don’t know fucking how to describe it, man. What are you asking these stupid questions for?

Sevan Matossian (07:35):

No, I’m getting it. I’m getting the picture. That’s my, I get the picture, basically. Go back to that story though. 2011, tell me that story. I can’t refresh me. You actually reached out to Bill and Katie while you were deployed and asked for gear?

Caleb Beaver (07:47):

Yeah, this was before I was even competing. This was in 2010. So in 2010 I believe I reached out to him and said, Hey, I’m getting ready to deploy. We don’t have, back then our fucking gyms that we brought with us were pretty shit. They were garbage. And then it was actually right after that is when we started to, the platoon started to put a little more money into individual platoons gyms that they would carry with us on our training and overseas. But before that, it was all shit garbage. And so you basically had to buy some of your own stuff and bring it over with you if you wanted to. And so I remember reaching out to Bill and Katie and they sent a nice package.

Sevan Matossian (08:32):

That’s fucking cool. I like this comment right here. What is it? Rogue is the Josh Bridges ambassador. Yeah, Chuck Norris, shit.

Caleb Beaver (08:41):

Yeah, exactly.

Sevan Matossian (08:43):

Okay. And you come back and then basically since 2011, I get it. What you mean by you’re an ambassador of it. You have a relationship with them. All the equipment you work out with at your house is theirs. They sell your shirt, you go to their events, you have a fucking synergistic relationship. They like what you represent for the brand,

Caleb Beaver (09:02):

And they took care of me. It’s not like I,

Sevan Matossian (09:04):


Caleb Beaver (09:05):


Sevan Matossian (09:06):

They want to be affiliated with you. You’re a cool dude.

Caleb Beaver (09:08):

Yeah. Fact. And so yeah, I mean, anything you needed for your training, it was at your fucking front door in two, three days. So yeah, it’s awesome. It’s a great relationship and I love being a part of it still.

Sevan Matossian (09:26):

Listen, dude, I didn’t invite you on the show. I feel sorry for you. I might on the show so that you helped my ratings.

Caleb Beaver (09:31):

That makes sense.

Sevan Matossian (09:31):

Yeah. I invited you on the show because I felt sorry for me.

Caleb Beaver (09:35):

Right, exactly.

Sevan Matossian (09:40):

I wanted to know about Rogue and how you ended up, so basically Rogue had two streams, a stream you could kick a little change down to and get different commentating. Then the professional commentators, you know, absolutely murdered that.

Caleb Beaver (09:57):

I haven’t, I don’t know. I didn’t rewash it.

Sevan Matossian (10:00):

Murdered it, dude,

Caleb Beaver (10:01):

You guys, you liked it.

Sevan Matossian (10:02):

Dude, that was

Caleb Beaver (10:03):

Good. That was good. Thank you, sir. I appreciate that from both of you.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

You were a star. You ruined it for the other people. There were some other people who were good, but you went on a whole nother,

Caleb Beaver (10:15):

I don’t know if I’d say that, dude, you

Sevan Matossian (10:17):

Weren’t level. It was good, but it was

Caleb Beaver (10:19):

A lot of fun. I really, really enjoyed it. Yeah. I don’t know. I feel very natural and those, I don’t feel like I have to, I don’t know, pretend to be anything that I’m not. Just be myself and yeah, it was a lot of fun.

Sevan Matossian (10:35):

You brought stories to it.

Caleb Beaver (10:37):

I tried. Yeah. I feel like that’s what people want to hear, right? Everyone’s watching the floor, they’re watching the events, they’re watching these athletes crush these workouts. And you can say the same kind of shit that anybody else would say, but why not relate it to your experiences? And so, I don’t know, maybe it’s just my personality as well. It’s easy to talk about yourself, right?

Sevan Matossian (11:02):

Be honest with me. When they ask you to go, are you flattered or are you like, fuck, I got to do this because I’m a rogue ambassador, and okay, I guess, is it a pain for you or do you like going, I

Caleb Beaver (11:18):

Love it, man, I actually do. I really enjoy that, especially that event. Rogue’s event is awesome, especially when they moved it to Austin at

Sevan Matossian (11:32):


Caleb Beaver (11:33):

Dell Diamond, and so fucking, it’s a cool event, man. I really enjoy it. There’s not one bit of me. It’s like, oh, I got to go do this. I absolutely love it. And it’s also a reunion because they bring back the legends category and they have so many of the people that I competed against, and not only the people I competed against, the people I fucking looked up to going into the sport, like Miko, Chris Beeler fucking

Sevan Matossian (12:02):

Ever. Josh. Yeah,

Caleb Beaver (12:03):

Josh Everett. Yeah, Josh Everett, man, it’s crazy. Awesome dude. And then you have the people that I got to compete alongside for my career. So it’s a really cool, good time. And then the Strongmen is there. Strongmen are there, and yeah, Tommy Hacken Brooke.

Sevan Matossian (12:21):

Oh yeah. That’s cool. Hey, did you try that log thing right there?

Caleb Beaver (12:26):

Yeah, we did it two years. So this is two years ago. This wasn’t, oh, that’s

Sevan Matossian (12:29):

You right there. Jesus. Yeah. Jesus,

Caleb Beaver (12:32):

Me and Miko.

Sevan Matossian (12:33):

You partnered with Sayoh.

Caleb Beaver (12:34):

That’s right, man.

Sevan Matossian (12:36):

You guys are,

Caleb Beaver (12:37):

Yeah, I was stoked. That’s one of my favorite things, man. Is getting to see Miko. That dude is awesome. Just a fucking, he was the guy that you heard these crazy stories about when I was coming up in the CrossFit scene. You’re like me, go fucking roast 10 K every morning in his closet.

Sevan Matossian (13:01):

Breath through a straw.

Caleb Beaver (13:02):

Yeah. You’re like, what the fuck? I’m like, this fucking dude eats babies for breakfast.

Sevan Matossian (13:07):

Look at you one up, and he’s doing singles and you’re doing three. Look at you.

Caleb Beaver (13:11):

He had a bumped shoulder. We had that planned. Yeah. He’s like, I’ll just do one.

Sevan Matossian (13:18):

Sure. No problem. Do what you want, Meko.

Caleb Beaver (13:20):

I’m like, yeah, you do what you want, man. Just don’t eat my arm. Right. I need it.

Sevan Matossian (13:24):

Are you young for the legends? Is there a generation even younger than you there? Were there boys younger than you?

Caleb Beaver (13:32):

I’m trying to think.

Sevan Matossian (13:37):

Why don’t you think? Well,

Caleb Beaver (13:38):

Rich is younger.

Sevan Matossian (13:40):

He is younger than you.

Caleb Beaver (13:41):

Yeah. I’m 40. He’s 36 maybe.

Sevan Matossian (13:46):

Okay. And anyone else from that? Anyone else younger?

Caleb Beaver (13:50):

Dan’s slightly younger. I think he’s only a few months younger.

Sevan Matossian (13:53):

And he did legends too.

Caleb Beaver (13:55):

Yeah. I don’t know about the females. I don’t know really ages on the females. I bet Margo’s little younger than I am.

Sevan Matossian (14:03):

Matt, do you know if Matt gets invited?

Caleb Beaver (14:07):


Sevan Matossian (14:07):

Frazier? Yeah. I’m assuming he does. Yes. Yes. And I’m assuming he just says no. Yes. Why do you think he says no? Oh,

Caleb Beaver (14:13):

Khali is younger than me too. I bet. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (14:15):

Shit. Really? Really?

Caleb Beaver (14:17):

I’m 40. He’s still in his thirties.

Sevan Matossian (14:20):


Caleb Beaver (14:25):

Yeah, Katherine. Annie. Both are definitely younger.

Sevan Matossian (14:29):

Yeah. Yeah. They’re kind of the generation after you, right? They came, right? Yeah.

Caleb Beaver (14:33):

And they came up and they’re actually, they’re still Compet. Yeah, he’s 38. Yeah. I’m two years older than him, and they’re still competing. Annie and Katherine. I don’t think they’ve even technically retired, but they came down and did an event. They weren’t competing in the actual event.

Sevan Matossian (14:53):

Why don’t you think Matt does it?

Caleb Beaver (14:57):

I don’t know. I know this year he has, I don’t want to assume any reasons. I have no idea, to be honest. I know this year question. No, this year he had, his knee is still kind on the, he’s just getting back to being able to do stuff.

Sevan Matossian (15:14):

I think it’s just, he’s just

Caleb Beaver (15:15):

Not, who are you calling Pal?

Sevan Matossian (15:17):

Who Call Jason. Ask him how old he is.

Caleb Beaver (15:18):

Oh, okay. I like it. We just randomly call people on this.

Sevan Matossian (15:23):

Yeah. Let’s see. Oh. Oh, he didn’t answer. I don’t think he would do it for some reason. I just think he’s over it. I don’t think we’ll see him compete publicly again, just something about his demeanor, his, but then again, I didn’t think he would still be around in the scene. And he’s fully in the scene.

Caleb Beaver (15:51):

Yeah. I mean, he’s fucking crushing it. I don’t know why he doesn’t fucking do it,

Sevan Matossian (15:56):

Man. You didn’t ask him. You were on the commentating boot with him. You weren’t like, Hey, pussy, why aren’t you out there?

Caleb Beaver (16:02):


Sevan Matossian (16:04):

Why not? I should have. Now you’re like, I should

Caleb Beaver (16:07):

Have. I asked. I asked fucking Madero what was going on? Why weren’t you out there?

Sevan Matossian (16:11):

Oh, yeah. What did

Caleb Beaver (16:11):

He say? I tried to earn your $270,000. He said he had a couple injuries. He was still wanting to heal before the next season kicked off.

Sevan Matossian (16:21):

I watched some videos of his and he said it was hard for him not to be out there.

Caleb Beaver (16:24):

I’m sure it is, man. He’s that. I mean, what fucking Justin’s 23. I get it though. Hey, that’s smart. Because back in, I would’ve been like, fucking, let’s go. What injuries? What injuries? Let’s go. I ain’t got no fucking injuries.

Sevan Matossian (16:40):

And you think that that would’ve been wrong?

Caleb Beaver (16:42):

I think it definitely is going to have extended his career. You playing it smart like that, which is good on him. He’s at a more mature place mentally than I was at 23. I was fucking just like, let’s fucking go. There ain’t no injuries. Nothing hurts, baby. It all feels good.

Sevan Matossian (17:04):

Was there anyone out there, Josh and Master’s athletes? And you’re like, oh, shit, you should have said no.

Caleb Beaver (17:12):

No, man. We’re out there having fun. We’re not competing in anything. And to be honest, it’s just a showcase for us. It’s cool that Katie and Bill even do that. It’s cool because it brings people, probably some people, and then also it’s just paying homage to the people who helped grow the sport of CrossFit and telling the story. For the newer generation of fans that don’t have any idea, they come into this generation, they see Justin and Bryan and fucking Tia. But unless they really went back and searched up, how are they going to look up Josh Everett? How are they going to look up? How are they going to look up me?

Sevan Matossian (17:58):

I don’t even think Mal probably never even saw Rich compete.

Caleb Beaver (18:02):

Yeah. I mean, 19.

Sevan Matossian (18:04):

Yeah. She never saw him compete as an individual. She probably wasn’t even doing CrossFit then, which is kind.

Caleb Beaver (18:09):

Yeah, Emma, Emma Carey. I mean, the female side is so young.

Sevan Matossian (18:13):

Yeah, but there was no one out there. You were looking around, you’re like, Ooh, Khali. You know, we had three months to get ready for this, right?

Caleb Beaver (18:23):

No man, no Khalifa’s a fucking Khalifa’s. A freak still, man. He’s always been one of the guys that impressed me the most, even when we were competing, because he’s so big and CrossFit when we were going through, I mean, now it seems like the guys are getting a little bit bigger. You’re seeing taller guys do well, where the tall guys were an anomaly, right? It was Asia Bartow, and towards the end of my career, Brent Bakowski, if you were over six foot, you definitely have a disadvantage. Now you’re seeing guys like Hopper, like Roman. I mean, Brent still a freak, which is crazy. That dude’s been trying to compete since 2011. Chad McKay. Yeah. Good job there.

Sevan Matossian (19:12):

Kind. Not kind of, Wakowski really is a freak. Yeah. I mean, he’s got to be in the top five best CrossFitters of all time. Right? But he hasn’t won the games. He’s like a freak.

Caleb Beaver (19:22):

He’s up there for sure. I mean, he tied me last year in event wins, which was impressive.

Sevan Matossian (19:29):

Oh, oh, look, that stat. Look at you. Look at you.

Caleb Beaver (19:35):

I mean, it was something I actually was always proud of. I didn’t really know it until I knew that I had a lot of event wins. But then I saw a stat, I think it was Brian who brought to my attention that I was, had the third most career wins at the CrossFit games.

Sevan Matossian (19:53):

Still. That was fat ass dude.

Caleb Beaver (19:55):

I mean, yeah. Yeah. Matt Frazier, who had fucking 30, and then Rich, and then me, and then Wakowski tied up.

Sevan Matossian (20:05):

And then Tia has more than all three of you combined.

Caleb Beaver (20:07):

Well, then we’re not talking about the female. We’re not talking about the female side. I mean, not only Tia, but fucking, I think Sam Briggs has a ton too. So yeah.

Sevan Matossian (20:18):

What was the heaviest you were at the games ever heaviest?

Caleb Beaver (20:22):


Sevan Matossian (20:22):

Heaviest. 1 75 ever.

Caleb Beaver (20:24):

Maybe 1 75. No, I was never over 1 75.

Sevan Matossian (20:28):

Think about this. Colt Earns is 10 fucking pounds heavier than you at your heaviest.

Caleb Beaver (20:34):

Yeah, he’s a tick boy.

Sevan Matossian (20:38):

Yeah. When you were 1 75, was it a lot

Caleb Beaver (20:40):


Sevan Matossian (20:41):

This is fucking a lot to lug around?

Caleb Beaver (20:43):

Yeah, I felt heavy. I definitely felt, yeah, I did. And I think that was 2016 was my heaviest, because that was when I put the most effort into strength, and I was trying to eat more. And it’s just so hard to fucking gain weight as a CrossFitter, because we just put, I mean, that was the one. I think that was one of the reasons why I did as well as I did, was because I put so much effort into just being fit, not being the strongest. Obviously that wasn’t the fucking case, but I put so much time and effort to being really fucking fit, and it was so hard for me to fucking put on weight, man. I would’ve had to been eating upwards of 10,000 calories a day. My training in 2016, looking back on it, it was just nuts. And

Sevan Matossian (21:34):

Give me an example. When you say nuts, give me an example.

Caleb Beaver (21:37):

Dude, you want to hear a fucking day of 2016? Yeah, yeah,

Sevan Matossian (21:39):

Yeah. Tell me,

Caleb Beaver (21:40):

Bro. I would wake up, I’d have my breakfast and coffee, and then I would go out and I would do

Sevan Matossian (21:46):

A, how about that? JB Creighton.

Caleb Beaver (21:48):

Oh, yeah. cre. But that’s it. That’s after the workouts. And at night, JB creep. You, JB baby, let’s go.

Sevan Matossian (21:53):

Yeah. Yeah.

Caleb Beaver (21:55):

So I would wake up, have my breakfast and coffee. I would go out, I would do a warmup workout I called it, which de was way more than a fucking warmup workout, but that’s what we called. It was a warmup workout. It’d be a metcon of some sort. Right. Some sort of light mover, probably

Sevan Matossian (22:13):


Caleb Beaver (22:13):

No, I didn’t stick to fucking, I never really did the,

Sevan Matossian (22:18):

I’m just thinking, not that workout in particular, but something along that.

Caleb Beaver (22:21):

Yeah, probably

Sevan Matossian (22:21):

Something with running and kettlebell swings and

Caleb Beaver (22:24):

Definitely some cardio or some sort of mono structural element in it with then adding in gymnastics movements or a sled push. Nothing too crazy technical that wouldn’t hurt. No heavy barbells. You try to typically stick to lighter barbells if you’re going to go barbells, things like that.

Sevan Matossian (22:46):

If you stop moving, you’re a pussy, you would set it up, so be like, Hey, I need to be moving.

Caleb Beaver (22:49):

Yeah, yeah. There’s no reason to. Yeah, exactly. The only reason you’re stopping is because you’re weak and pathetic in your mind. And so then we would do that. I do have training notebook for my training days, Ian. But anyways,

Sevan Matossian (23:03):

Look at Josh. Well, that’s an impressive multitasking. Well, now we have, hold on a second. At minute 23 in the show,

Caleb Beaver (23:11):

I have every fucking workout since 2012 written down.

Sevan Matossian (23:14):

I was just sharing what a typical day was in 2016 when he weighed 175 pounds, and we’re talking about what it took for a little small man like him to get so big. And then him and Ald asked Josh, do you have the notebooks of all the training those years? And Josh said,

Caleb Beaver (23:27):

And I said, yes, I do. And so I would get my breakfast and I’d go out and do a Metcon, probably one or two actually, typically, depending on who was there. And then we’d go into probably an hour and a half of Olympic weightlifting, which was just whatever that was at the day. Snatch clean and jerk accessory work for those movements. And by that time, it’d be about lunch, probably about 12 o’clock, one o’clock-ish. Go eat lunch, take a little snoozer, a little like 10, 15 minutes snoozer, have another coffee. Then I’m going back out. I’m doing another pretty hard CrossFit session conditioning. At that point, we could start to move weight, a little bit more weight. That was probably another hour and a half. Then I would go into a mono structural only workout at the end of the day. So I would end with another, just straight about an hour of cardio, which was running, swimming, biking, rowing, one of those three or four elements. So it was fucking gnarly, man. And then you had long,

Sevan Matossian (24:37):

How long did you maintain that? Was that three months prior to the games, or that was like, dude,

Caleb Beaver (24:41):

That was from the moment the games ended, because I didn’t, so in 15, right, was the year I didn’t make it basically from regionals to games. I drank myself stupid and made sure that I got all my feeling sorry for myself,

Sevan Matossian (24:57):

All the demons back down to where I wouldn’t let that, that just meant drink more, push

Caleb Beaver (25:04):

Them deep, push those demons deep. So until the games, I mean, I worked out a little bit, but not much. But then once the games were over, it was

Sevan Matossian (25:11):

Like, wait, wait. So seriously, you didn’t make the regionals. I know the story. You didn’t make regionals, and you literally went straight to the bar.

Caleb Beaver (25:21):

I literally,

Sevan Matossian (25:23):

Which bar did you go to? Do you remember? It was in San Diego.

Caleb Beaver (25:25):

Yeah. It was a bar up the street from my house in San Diego. It was called Next Door. And I sat in this back corner and fucking, I was lit in. I bet. I bet. I wasn’t off that floor for 30 minutes, and I was already three beers deep and

Sevan Matossian (25:41):

Just dehydrated and emaciated

Caleb Beaver (25:43):

And stressed out, and nobody else was in there. And I mean, I was just sitting by myself. I, it’s like three 30 on a Sunday.

Sevan Matossian (25:54):

Dude, I wish I would’ve popped in there with my camera. Hey, Josh.

Caleb Beaver (25:58):

That would’ve been bad. I dunno if I’d still be around if that happened.

Sevan Matossian (26:03):

I’d you be in jail. I wouldn’t be around either.

Caleb Beaver (26:06):

Yeah, that was a rough one. And literally

Sevan Matossian (26:09):

You drank to the games.

Caleb Beaver (26:11):

I mean, yeah, pretty much every night I was having some drinks any

Sevan Matossian (26:14):

Day. Did you do any day drinking?

Caleb Beaver (26:16):

Oh, probably. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (26:19):

And what was your drink? What was your drink?

Caleb Beaver (26:21):

I was drinking beer back then.

Sevan Matossian (26:23):

And were you still in the Navy?

Caleb Beaver (26:28):

So that was early 2015, right? So yeah, I didn’t get out until October that year. Wow. Wow. Yeah. And then once the games ended, it was like, game on. All right, now it’s time to go for next year. I mean, it was,

Sevan Matossian (26:44):

Did you know that Josh did? You know, okay, I’m going to drink myself silly. Try not to get thrown in jail or kicked out of the military. And then the second the games are over, I’m going to fucking drop everything and get back on the horse.

Caleb Beaver (26:55):

Yeah, exactly.

Sevan Matossian (26:56):

You did know. Yeah. Plan. Okay.

Caleb Beaver (26:59):

That was the plan. It was like, give yourself some time to grieve, deal with it all because the fucking moment, the games are over, it’s back on. Right. And it’s like no more fucking feeling sorry for yourself. Yes, you can have that taste in your mouth, how it felt, but it’s no more fucking feeling. Sorry for yourself, because 20 fifteen’s over and now we’re on to 2016. Right. And that was going to be the year. There was nothing going to fucking stop me. And yeah,

Sevan Matossian (27:31):

Now I remember I was like, Hey, are you coming to the games? You’re like, fuck that. Fuck no. And then you ended up on the last day

Caleb Beaver (27:42):

Night? It was Saturday night I came for one with, right? Yeah. I came for one of up

Sevan Matossian (27:47):

In the right on the front row, front seat in the place. No one was allowed in the car. This motherfucker.

Caleb Beaver (27:55):

Yeah. Yeah. I remember senior

Sevan Matossian (27:57):

There. That was great. Senior. Are you glad you went to that?

Caleb Beaver (28:00):

I was very glad it was like closure on the year. You told

Sevan Matossian (28:04):

Me you were glad, but I wasn’t. I interviewed you behind the scenes, but I wasn’t sure if you were just saying that for the camera. You were glad.

Caleb Beaver (28:09):

No, it was, I did not want to go. There was no part of me that wanted to go. And then right around the games, someone was like, Hey, let’s go up and watch one night of events. And this is obviously LA’s only an hour and a half from my house in San Diego. And I was like, fuck it. Okay, yeah, let’s go. And I went up for literally one evening

Sevan Matossian (28:32):

And brother up, it’s Josh. Oh, no problem, Josh. No problem.

Caleb Beaver (28:36):

Yeah, yeah, exactly. Pretty much what happened. Yeah. And so Dave got us down on the floor and it was good. It was closure. It was like, okay, yep, this season’s over. I didn’t deserve to be here. I didn’t work hard enough to be here. Stop feeling fucking sorry for yourself. It wasn’t anybody else’s fault but yours. And now it’s time to fucking go. And it was good.

Sevan Matossian (29:01):

When you see the fans, is it healing when you’re there or is it embarrassing? Because I think people think it’s going to be embarrassing, but then I think it ends up being healing. I think what Jason Hopper didn’t make the second cut or some shit at the games this last year. I think he probably thought it was going to be embarrassing, but then when he was walking around, people were just loving on him.

Caleb Beaver (29:24):

Yeah, that’s a great part about CrossFit too. The fans are so good to us. They definitely spoil us. They definitely cheer for you when you’re at your weakest moments, which is unlike any other sport. And so it’s really cool

Sevan Matossian (29:40):

If Tyson throws an interception, Tyson Bei or a quarterback, everyone’s like, you fucking suck.

Caleb Beaver (29:45):

Exactly. Yes,

Sevan Matossian (29:46):

Exactly. It’s funny, I never thought of that. CrossFit fans don’t do that.

Caleb Beaver (29:51):

No, they do not. I mean, there might be here and there, and it’s probably people who just don’t like you or they like somebody else. But yeah, for.

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