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.
They made it! Sean and Tommy have set up shop in Madison and are ready for the 2021 No Bull CrossFit Games. It was a busy news day at the Alliant Energy Center. A big name has had to withdraw from the women's competition due to a positive COVID-19 test, a men's veteran is calling it quits after this season and Dave Castro reveals the full opening test for the individuals. Pull up a folding chair, grab a frosty frothwagon and take a listen!
Todd Meleny is the Chief Marketing Officer for No Bull and he is an extremely busy man right now. Meleny took some time out from prepping for the CrossFit Games to sit down with Tommy Marquez in Madison. Meleny talks about the experience they are hoping to provide for every athlete at the Games, the pressure he is feeling heading into the Games and how they've managed to fit a year's worth of work into a 3-month time span.
What are the best moments, events and equipment in the history of the CrossFit Games? Bill Grundler and Chase Ingraham join Sean and Tommy to decide just that. They pick their favorite moments from the men's and women's competition, their top pieces of equipment and the best events from the past 14 years. Get ready for a fun trip down memory lane!
Jeffrey Adler is making his 3rd straight individual appearance at the CrossFit Games. He was one of five men to compete in the in-person portion of the CrossFit Games in 2020 and took 5th overall. Tommy Marquez talks with him and coach Caroline Lambray about the experience of competing at the Games last year, expectations for 2021 and how Jeffrey is excited to get on the floor at the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center for the first time in his career.
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.
Jayson Hopper is set to make his CrossFit Games debut after winning the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. He was the only rookie to finish first at an in-person semifinal. Hopper talks with Sean and Tommy about how he found CrossFit, why he was confident he could show up and win the MACC, what his expectations are for his first ever appearance at the Games and what he is most likely listening to if you ever see him wearing headphones.
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.