Talking Elite Fitness

By Tommy Marquez & Sean Woodland

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 Jan 24, 2019


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.

Episode Date
#29 - Super Mega CrossFit Games Preview Extravaganza

On this episode of Talking Elite Fitness Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez recap the the headlines and news from the past week before turning their attention to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Brian "Friend of the Show" Friend joins the guys for a full breakdown of the teams, men's and women's divisions.  The three offer their podium picks for the men and women and highlight stories to watch in the age groups. It's everything you need to get ready for the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin!

Jul 18, 2019
Fitness With Friends #13 - Pat Vellner

Sean and Tommy talk with 2nd Fittest Man on Earth Pat Vellner as he gets ready to head to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Vellner talks about what he's doing in his training, what changes he would like to see made to the CrossFit Games season and what he thinks about the recent failed drug tests.  Vellner also clears up the meaning of some Canadian slang.

Jul 11, 2019
#28 - Dress Codes and Favorite CrossFit Games Events

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez discuss the latest headlines from the world of competitive fitness including the recent implementation of a dress code at Graham Holmberg's gym.  With the CrossFit Games less than a month away, they start looking ahead to Madison by looking back at some of their favorite events from the last 9 years.  Sean and Tommy talk about their five favorite events from the Games during their time in Carson and Wisconsin.

Jul 10, 2019
TEF Update - We're on Patreon!

Just a quick update from Sean and Tommy on their plans to publish some Talking Elite Fitness Content on Patreon and how you can get involved and support the cause.

Jul 05, 2019
#27 - PED Penalties, Scoring Debate and French Throwdown Recap

Sean and Tommy discuss the penalties handed down to Elly Kabboord and Hinrik Ingi Óskarsson as a result of their failed drug tests, they debate different scoring systems used at various events and which one may possibly be used at the CrossFit Games and they recap the CrossFit French Throwdown, the final Sanctional of the season.

Jul 03, 2019
#26 - Honoring Heroes, CrossFit Games World Feed and French Throwdown Preview

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez discuss the announcement of the CrossFit Games World Feed and what fans can expect to see.  They preview the French Throwdown, the final sanctioned event of the season.  They also take time to talk about a special hero workout taking place on July 13th honoring a former member of CrossFit Asheville who gave his life protecting others in an attempted mass shooting at UNC Charlotte earlier this year.

Jun 26, 2019
Fitness With Friends #12 - Richard Bohlken

On this episode of Fitness with Friends Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez talk with former CrossFit Games athlete Richard Bohlken. Bohlken failed a drug test in 2015 when ostarine was found in his system before he was scheduled to compete at Regionals.  Bohlken was able to prove it was due to a tainted supplement that he took.  He talks about what he learned from that experience, what he thinks can be done to make drug testing more effective and what athletes can do to protect themselves.

Jun 25, 2019
#25 - Elly Kabboord and the PED Dilemma

On this episode of Talking Elite Fitness Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez discuss the news that Elly Kabboord of the CrossFit Mayhem Independence team tested positive for clenbuterol at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship.  They also get you caught up on the latest headlines in the world of competitive fitness and update the Marston vs. Heber pancake eating contest hypothetical.

Jun 18, 2019
Fitness With Friends #11 - Gretchen Kittelberger

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez interview 4-time CrossFit Games athlete and President of the International Functional Fitness Federation (IF3) Gretchen Kittelberger.  The mission of the IF3 is to create a pathway for competitive functional fitness to be included in the Olympic Games by developing a governance structure which provides rules, safety standards, judge training, and competitive opportunities for athletes.  Gretchen talks about how she started the IF3 and how she is working to get functional fitness included in future Olympics.

Jun 17, 2019
#24 - More Failed Drug Tests, Crazy Things We Saw and Listener Questions

On this double-episode of Talking Elite Fitness Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez discuss the latest round of failed drug tests involving Ben Garrard and Manila Pennacchio as well as an admission by former Games competitor Bryan Miller that he was using PEDs in 2016.  They also take time to answer listener questions submitted via social media on topics like fantasy wild card picks, the future of the CrossFit Games and who would win in a pancake eating contest between the Buttery Bros.

Jun 13, 2019
Fitness With Friends #10 - Tia-Clair Toomey

2-time Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey joins Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez on this edition of Fitness with Friends.  Tia talks about how she found CrossFit and her journey to becoming a competitor, how she dealt with finishing 2nd overall at the Games in back-to-bak years and what it's like having Mat Fraser as a training partner.  Tia also dispels the notion that everything in Australia will kill you and tells us why Tim Tams are so tasty.

Jun 10, 2019
#23 - Drug Sanctions and Lowlands Throwdown and Granite Games Recaps

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez summarize the latest headlines from the CrossFit Games season and discuss the latest surrounding the drug sanctions handed down to Chantelle Loehner and Lauren Herrera.  They then recap the Lowlands Throwdown before being joined by the Buttery Bros. for a look back at the Granite Games.

Jun 06, 2019
Fitness with Friends #9 - Amanda Barnhart

Amanda Barnhart joins Sean Woodland, Tommy Marquez and Rory McKernan on this edition of Fitness with Friends.  Barnhardt finished 9th overall in the Open this year to earn her second-straight trip to the CrossFit Games. She talks about what she learned from her rookie appearance at the Games in 2018, her plan to improve on her 15th place finish and how getting in trouble in the second grade still traumatizes her today.

Jun 01, 2019
#22 - Granite Games, Lowlands Throwdown and Wild Card Roundtable

Rory McKernan joins Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez on today's star-studded extravaganza.  Up first, a preview of both the Granite Games and Lowlands Throwdown Sanctioned event.  Then it's on to  to Hunter McIntyre.  Chase Ingraham joins the discussion on the Wild Card rule and whether or not it's a good idea.

May 30, 2019
#21 - Social Media Purge, Sanctionals Recap and How We'd Fix the System

On this mega-episode of Talking Elite Fitness, Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez react to CrossFit's social media purge and Greg Glassman's subsequent explanation.  They also recap the Brazil CrossFit Championship, the Rogue Invitational and the Down Under CrossFit Championship.  Finally, they explain how they would fix the season all the way from the Open to the CrossFit Games.

May 23, 2019
#20 - Rogue Invitational, Brazil CrossFit Championship and Down Under CrossFit Championship Preview

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez recap some of the headlines in the CrossFit Games world and preview a busy weekend of Sanctioned events.  They take a closer look and tell you who to keep an eye on in the men's, women's and teams divisions for the Rogue Invitational, the Brazil CrossFit Championship and the Down Under CrossFit Championship. 

May 14, 2019
Fitness with Friends #8 - Becca Voigt

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez talk with soon-to-be 12-time CrossFit Games competitor Becca Voigt about finding CrossFit, being part of the early days of the Games, helping put the sport on the map and her unrivaled longevity.  Becca finished 3rd at the CrossFit Games as an individual in 2011, won the Spirit of the Games award in 2014 and is currently a coach and owner of CrossFit Training Yard.  She is also preparing to compete at the Rogue Invitational in the Legends division.

May 14, 2019
Ep. 19 - Reykjavik Recap, Lessons from the Sanctionals and CrossFit Games Coverage Update

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez talk about the latest news from the CrossFit Games season, recap the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship, discuss things they've learned from the Sanctionals so far and give an update on the current state of what's going on surrounding the streaming and broadcast of the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.

May 08, 2019
Ep. 18 - Asia CrossFit Championship, Italian Throwdown and Reykjavik CrossFit Championship

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez recap the Asia CrossFit Championship and the Italian Throwdown as four more individuals and one more team are heading to the CrossFit Games.  Then it's a preview of the next Sanctional, the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship.

May 02, 2019
Fitness With Friends #7 - Grant Wistrom

Sean Woodland talks with former Nebraska Cornhusker, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Grant Wistrom about his college football career, winning three national championships, playing in the NFL, finding CrossFit and his personal fitness journey.  Grant is also married to CrossFit Games Masters competitor Melissa Wistrom and is currently a co-owner of CrossFit Springfield in Missouri.

May 01, 2019
Ep. 17 - Open Penalties, Asia & Italy Preview
  • Open Penalties for top athletes
  • Future adjustments to the system
  • Preview for CrossFit Italian Showdown
  • Preview for Asia CrossFit Championship
  • Community Support
Apr 24, 2019
Fitness with Friends #6 - Brent Fikowski
  • Brent's performance in the Open
  • The 2019 season so far
  • Competing at the Asia CrossFit Championship
  • Growing as an athlete and person
  • His vision for the future of the sport
  • Favorite Music, Movies, and Hobbies
Apr 23, 2019
Ep. 16 - MACC Recap & Media Landscape Update
  • Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Review
  • Competition Recap and Analysis
  • Media Landscape Update
  • Top News Stories
  • Community Support 
Apr 18, 2019
Fitness with Friends #5 - Mike "Rothy" Roth
  • CrossFit Games Media & Live Broadcast
  • History of production at the CrossFit Games
  • The future of Media for the CrossFit Games
  • What it takes to produce the CrossFit Games
  • The best/worst live moments of the CrossFit Games
Apr 15, 2019
Ep. 15 - MACC Preview & WrestleMania Fan Poll
  • MACC Broadcast Team Announcement
  • Men's, Women's, and Team Division preview
  • Individual and Team workout review
  • CrossFit WrestleMania Fan Poll results
  • Community Support
Apr 10, 2019
Ep. 14 - CrossFit WrestleMania
  • Top line news about Team ROMWOD/WIT and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
  • CrossFit WrestleMania concept
  • Match breakdowns and description
  • Fun explanations of finishing moves, storylines, and results
Apr 04, 2019
Ep. 13 - The 2019 Open Recap
  • 2019 CrossFit Games Open Recap
  • Media coverage recap
  • Programming and the Open test grade
  • Community discussion
  • Chyna Cho and CrossFit Mayhem
  • Rob Forte's team for the Down Under CF Championship
  • Community Support 
Apr 02, 2019
Ep. 12 - The final week of the Open
  • 19.5 announcement and performance recap
  • Bubble watch update
  • Workout recap and breakdown
  • Sanctioned event backfill scenarios
  • Drug Testing and video verification
  • Community Support
Mar 27, 2019
Fitness with Friends #4 - Mat Fraser
  • Mat Fraser Interview
  • 3-time CrossFit Games Champion & Fittest Man on Earth
  • 19.5 Open Workout Announcement recap
  • 2019 Season discussion and recap
  • Training with Tia-Clair Toomey
  • Hobbies, future plans, and life after CrossFit
Mar 23, 2019
Ep. 11 - Open Week 4, National Champs, & Races to Watch
  • Open week 4 recap & top 19.4 performances
  • 19.5 Announcement Preview
  • Trash Talk Thursday update
  • National champion races to watch
  • Sanctioned event invite developments
Mar 20, 2019
Fitness with Friends #3 - TeamRICHEY
  • Craig Richey & Jasmine Cabourn
  • Becoming YouTube Vloggers
  • Their passion for Health and Fitness
  • Founding HSTL.MADE clothing
  • The journey from unknowns to hanging with the biggest names in the CrossFit space
  • Futures plans
Mar 14, 2019
Ep. 10 - Programming & Open Week 3
  • Trash Talk Thursday update
  • Hot topics in the community
  • Open Week 3 Recap
  • Overall standings recap
  • 19.4 and Announcement Preview
  • Community Support Stories 
Mar 14, 2019
Fitness with Friends #2 - Matt O'keefe
  • How he got his start in the CrossFit space
  • Founding Redline Gear
  • Managing the top CrossFit Athletes
  • Joining Loud and Live Sports
  • Running Wodapalooza and the WCC
  • His thoughts on the new system and the future of the CrossFit Games
Mar 13, 2019
Ep. 9 - The Open Week 2 & The Arnold
  • 19.2 workout and announcement recap
  • Overall standings in the Open
  • Hot topics for the week
  • Open week 3 and announcement preview
  • The Arnold Strongman Classic recap
  • Broadcast tips 
Mar 06, 2019
Fitness With Friends #1 - Annie Sakamoto
  • Special Guest Annie Sakamoto
  • Running the Open and an Affiliate
  • Early days of CrossFit and Annie's experience
  • Competing at the CrossFit Games
  • Eva Twardokens fundraiser
Feb 28, 2019
Ep. 8 - Open Week 1, London Recap, & The Buttery Bros
  • Guest visit from the Buttery Bros
  • Open Announcement Week 1 Recap
  • Open Workout 19.1 Recap
  • Strength in Depth Recap
  • Communities Stories About 2 Brave Women
Feb 27, 2019
Ep. 7 - 19.1 Announcement & Strength in Depth Preview
  • Open Announcement 19.1 Preview
  • Strength in Depth Preview
  • CrossFit Games Affiliate Email discussion
  • CrossFit CEO Op-Ed discussion
  • Margaux Alvarez news
  • Community Support Stories
Feb 19, 2019
Ep. 6 - HQ Layoffs & BIG NEWS!!
  • More Layoffs by CrossFit HQ
  • Our New Media Venture
  • ChallengeMe App Kickstarter
  • Community Support Stories
  • Fan Q&A
  • Use TALK15 for 15% off at
Feb 13, 2019
Ep. 5 - Open Announcements, Cape Town Recap, & More
  • Live Open Announcement Details
  • Fittest in Cape Town Competition Recap
  • US Army Fitness Team Details
  • Charity opportunity for a fellow CrossFitter
  • Fan Q&A
Feb 07, 2019
Ep.4 - Australia Recap, Cape Town Preview, & Fan Q&A
  • Full recap of individual and team competition from the Australia CrossFit Championship
  • Preview of the upcoming CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town including favorites, and dark horses
  • Fan Q&A answering questions posed by the community via Social Media 
Jan 29, 2019
Ep. 3 - Wodapalooza Recap & Buttery Bros Update
  • Recap of the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival
  • Individual and Team competition analysis
  • Update on the Buttery Bros Vlog & projects
Jan 24, 2019
Ep. 2 - Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival Preview
  • Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival Preview
  • Overall event thoughts
  • Men's division favorites
  • Women's division favorites
  • Team Division Favorites
  • Dark Horse picks and other races to watch
  • How to follow the event
Jan 17, 2019
Ep. 1 - The State of The CrossFit Games
  • The changes to the CrossFit Games Season
  • How the changes at CrossFit Inc. and CrossFit HQ affected us
  • The future of the sport
  • What we've been up to
Jan 16, 2019