Talking Elite Fitness
Summary: CrossFit Games Analysts Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez, alongside filmmakers Heber Cannon, and Marston Sawyers, bring you all the latest information, updates, and analysis on the sport of fitness, and the CrossFit community.
We are less than a week away from the beginning of the individual competition at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins Sean and Tommy to break down the men's and women's divisions. Who are the podium contenders? Who are the dark horses and who has a chance of being crowned the Fittest on Earth. Plus, they give you their picks for the top five finishers for the men and women.
Sam Cournoyer will be making his 3rd straight appearance at the CrossFit Games later this month. He his coming off the best finish of his career in 2020 when he took 10th. Cournoyer talks with Sean and Tommy about training with Rich Froning and the Mayhem crew, what his expectations are for the Games this year and how a car accident led him to his competitive career in CrossFit.
Pat Vellner is making his 6th consecutive appearance as an individual at the CrossFit Games. He has finished on the podium three times including a 2nd place finish in 2018. Vellner talks about how he's preparing for the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games, what it's like competing without Mat Fraser in the picture and why he thinks this could be the year he is crowned the Fittest on Earth.
Each day we are learning a little bit more about the test that awaits the athletes at the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. Dave Castro and some friends continue to clue us in. Sean and Tommy talk about what we know and what it could mean. Two qualifying teams from the Granite Games have failed drug tests. How does this keep happening? Plus, C.J. Martin from CrossFit Invictus stops by to talk about the two teams he's sending to the Games and what he thinks their chances are of ending up on the podium.
Chef Antonia Lofaso has appeared on shows like Top Chef: Chicago, Top Chef: All Stars CNBC's Restaurant Startup, Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, Man vs. Child and Tournament of Champions. She owns the restaurants Scopa, Black Market Liquor Bar and DAMA in Los Angeles. Lofaso joins Sean and Tommy to talk about her journey from warming soup at Wolfgang Puck's Spago to opening her own establishments, how she found CrossFit and the lessons she's learned about life and success inside the gym.
CrossFit has a new President! Sean and Tommy discuss the recent hiring of Jason Dunlop, his resume and how he can help CrossFit's global growth. The Games schedule is changing and the new format will look familiar to longtime fans. The Last Chance Qualifier is done and the CrossFit Games field is complete. Sean and Tommy talk about why they think the new addition to the season worked perfectly.
There's a new affiliate programming service in town. CrossFit unveiled its CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP) earlier this week. Sean and Tommy talk about what it is and why they think it's a win for everyone involved. Plus, they revisit the eight questions they had before the start of the semifinals. Which ones had clear answers, which ones still aren't settled and which ones provided the biggest surprises?
The pressure will be on the athletes competing this weekend at the Last Chance Qualifier and that meant the pressure is also getting turned up on this week's edition of Podium Picks. Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins Sean and Tommy as they draft the athletes they think will do the best in the overall standings and in certain events. Four people will be earning a trip to the CrossFit Games, but only one person will be crowned the winner of this episode.
Earlier this month CrossFit and WIT Fitness announced a multi-year e-commerce and retail deal that will allow WIT to operate an official online CrossFit store and sell CrossFit-branded gear at its brick and mortar location in London. CEO and founder of WIT, Dan Williams joins Sean and Tommy to talk about why the deal is a good fit for his company, the failed attempt to get a deal done with CrossFit a few years ago and what the future holds for the partnership with CrossFit.
Sean and Tommy finally have a chance to address the situation surrounding Emma Tall and it escalates quickly. Disagreements are had, good points are made and possible solutions and changes moving forward are offered. Cheating accusations are flying around in South Africa following the BCC. Find out what's going on and why there probably isn't a solution to be had. Sean and Tommy recap an exciting final week of semifinals that saw some great races, exciting comebacks and Mat Fraser showing off yet again.
Vegas, baby! Tommy Marquez is so money and he doesn't even know it! He stopped by check in at the West Coast Classic on Thursday afternoon to talk with athletes on the eve of the final weekend of semifinal competition. Up and coming athletes Dallin Pepper and James Sprague sit down with Tommy to talk about the men's side of the competition while Regan Huckaby and Dani Speegle cover the women.
We are down to the final week of semifinals! Sean, Tommy and Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend preview the final three competitions taking place this weekend. The West Coast Classic will be held in-person in Las Vegas while the other two will be virtual. Find out who are the favorites, who are the dark horses, who may be in for a struggle and who could surprise for the men, women and teams.
After two weeks of in-person competition the CrossFit Games semifinals go virtual. Sean and Tommy recap the CrossFit German Throwdown, the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown and the Brazil CrossFit Championship. Who impressed, who surprised and who emerged as potential podium contenders at the Games? Plus, WIT signs a multi-year deal to operate an official online CrossFit store, sell CrossFit-branded gear and have a retail presence at the CrossFit Games and other CrossFit events.
The first virtual semifinal events take place this weekend. Sean, Tommy and official Friend of the Show Brian Friend break down the CrossFit German Throwdown, The Lowlands CrossFit Throwdown and The Brazil CrossFit Championship. They tell you who they think will be going to the Games, who could be a dark horse, who has a chance to keep their seasons alive and what effect the programming may have. Plus, a team that has already qualified for the Games might not be going after all.
It was another exciting week of semifinals action as the field of athletes heading to the CrossFit Games continues to grow. Sean and Tommy take a look back at the big moments and stories from The Granite Games and The Fittest in Cape Town. In Minnesota we had another surprise winner for the second-straight week, two youngsters stole the show and a pair of records were set. A veteran is returning to the Games out of Africa while the winning team was perfect.