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
TEF #107 - Good Things are Afoot and a Chat with Pat

The 2021 Season continues to come into focus but not as quickly as many people would like.  We have a start date for the Open and a rulebook but we still don't know much about the semifinals or any sponsors who may get involved this season.  Sean and Tommy try and offer some reassuring words to the community based on conversations they've had with people working to get the season together.  Plus, five-time individual Games competitor Pat Vellner stops by to give his thoughts on the new season structure, how he's feeling coming back from a groin injury and his relationship with his coach Michele Letendre.

Jan 21, 2021
Podium Picks with Jacob Heppner - Fight Scenes

A new year brings a new format for Podium Picks!  Five-time CrossFit Games athlete Jacob Heppner joins Sean and Tommy as they pick their favorite fight scenes from movies and television in a five round snake draft.  Superhero slugfests, Sci-fi sword fights and a Bob Barker beatdown all come off the board.  It's up to you to decide whose draft comes out on top!

Jan 16, 2021
#106 - What's Bergeron Building and Way Too Early Predictions for the 2021 Season

Ben Bergeron has been busy.  Sean and Tommy discuss the CompTrain Academy, what it could become in the years to come and why they love the approach he plans on taking with teenage athletes.  The start of the 2021 Season is still two months away, but that doesn't mean we can't start speculating about what might happen.  Sean and Tommy offer some way too early predictions for the season.  Plus, why Nickelodeon may be on to something when it comes to sports broadcasting and Tommy's big gambling weekend.

Jan 14, 2021
Friyay Q&A - Special Rulebook Edition

The rulebook for the 2021 CrossFit Games season has been released.  Sean and Tommy held a live Q&A with their patrons and discussed changes to the team competition, the addition of new individual divisions and the debut of adaptive athletes in the Open. 

Jan 09, 2021
#105 - Mat vs. Rich (sort of), Familiar Faces in New Places and Know Your Continents

Mat Fraser and Rich Froning finally go head-to-head, but not in the way that everyone wanted.  Sean and Tommy briefly discuss what happened and why it's getting blown out of proportion.  Some big name athletes moving to be closer to their coaches.  Regionals won't be coming back, but something similar is taking their place.  Sean and Tommy talk about the new competition boundaries and what events might be in line to be part of the new structure. 

Jan 07, 2021
#104 - Rogue October and Reebok Rumors

The calendar for the 2021 Games season is starting to fill in.  Rogue announces the Invitational will be held in Austin, Texas in October.  Sean and Tommy discuss that decision and what it could mean for other events.  There are more reports about a potential sale of Reebok.  A rap mogul and former NBA star could soon be the new owners.  What does that mean for Reebok and what could it mean for CrossFit?  Plus, A New York court rules in favor of a former CrossFit affiliate and some positive press for CrossFit.

Dec 30, 2020
Podium Picks #35 - Christmas Memories

Christmas is the time of year when plenty of great memories are made.  Some are good, some are funny and others are downright crazy.  Sean and Tommy share their favorite Christmas memories in this edition of Podium Picks.  Assault with a saw, a game of HORSE gone wrong, one of the best gifts ever and the near destruction of the family tree all make the list in this episode full of tales from Christmases past.

Dec 25, 2020
#103 - 2021 Season Holiday Hoopla and CrossFit Christmas

CrossFit gave us an early Christmas present last week when they released the framework for the 2021 Games season.  Sean and Tommy discuss what they like, what they don't and the things on which they need more information.  CrossFit Christmas is back for the second year.  It's time to hand out some thoughtful and useful gifts to Games athletes!  Find out what Mat Fraser and Tia Toomey have waiting under their trees after you unwrap this Christmas-themed episode.

Dec 23, 2020
Special Edition - Dave Castro Talks the 2021 Season

The framework for the 2021 season has been announced.  CrossFit's Director of Sport Dave Castro joins Sean and Tommy to talk about the changes that were made, how they affect the different divisions and the details that still need to be determined.  

Dec 18, 2020
Podium Picks #34 - Christmas Songs

Christmas music is everywhere this time of year.  While there are a lot of good songs, there are only a few that can be considered great.  Sean and Tommy list their favorite songs of the season in this edition of Podium Picks.  Classic crooners, an instrumental favorite, one of the best rap groups in history and a SoCal punk band all make the list, but who makes the top of the podium? Pour yourself a glass of egg nog, put on a yule log, sit back and enjoy an episode full of holiday cheer. 

Dec 17, 2020
#102 - Tia Goes Sledding and What's Up with Reebok?

Tia Toomey has already competed in the Summer Olympics.  Now she may be on her way to competing in the Winter Olympics.  Sean and Tommy discuss her recent move to South Korea to train with the Australian Bobsled Team.  Reebok has signed another CrossFit athlete while some interesting things are taking place regarding the future of the Adidas-owned company.  Plus, Alec Smith makes an acrobatic return to Crazy Things We Saw This Week.

Dec 17, 2020
Podium Picks #33 - Invitational Moments

The CrossFit Invitational was an annual team event that ran from 2012 through 2017.  It featured some of the best individual athletes in the world competing together for national glory.  The Invitational was a great opportunity for fans around the world to see their favorites compete in a unique format in person and it provided us with quite a few memorable moments.  Sean and Tommy list their favorites including an epic head-to-head battle of strength, frenzied fans mobbing the athletes and an event comeback that laid the groundwork for a future super team.

Dec 10, 2020
#101 - Responding to Jillian and Combating Covid Closures

Jillian Michaels is saying dumb things about CrossFit again.  Sean and Tommy discuss why what she said is so off base and what can and needs to be done about misinformation like this now and in the future.  A Northern California box owner is keeping his gym open despite local restrictions and fines, another elite CrossFit athlete is interested in getting into a bobsled and people are doing more ridiculous things in the latest edition of Crazy Things We Saw This Week. 

Dec 10, 2020
Fitness with Friends #51 - Sara Sigmundsdottir and Snorri Baron

Sara Sigmundsdottir recently made news by leaving Nike and joining WIT.  Sean and Tommy talk to her an her manager Snorri Baron about that decision and why it was best for her as well as the business side of being an athlete and what that entails in today’s world of social media.  Sara also reflects on what was a disappointing season for her, what she learned from it and how she plans on getting back to where everyone thinks she should be in 2021.

Dec 08, 2020
Podium Picks #32 - Travel Pet Peeves

'Tis the season for travel (usually) and that means it's also the season for dealing with all the stuff you hate about traveling.  Whether it's the really talkative person sitting next to you, people who try to fit a piano in the overhead compartment, the guy who eats a super smelly salad or the person who doesn't understand the concept of personal space, we all have those things we dread when heading to a new locale.  Find out which ones make the top of the podium on this week's episode.

Dec 05, 2020
#100 - A Day with The Buttery Bros.

What better way to celebrate our 100th weekly episode than to welcome our good friends The Buttery Bros to the show!?  Marston Sawyers and Heber Cannon join Sean and Tommy in the studio to talk about the upcoming CrossFit Games documentary, how they built their business into the content juggernaut that it is today and how they managed to navigate their way through the last year.  It's time to light the fuse and get that pump!  Roll the podcast!

Dec 03, 2020
Podium Picks #31 - Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and traditions.  On this episode Sean and Tommy rank the things they look forward to the most on this annual holiday.  Turkey dinner, delicious sides, catching up with former classmates at the bar and awkward moments with the family are all here.  Pull up a chair to the dining room table and get yourself an extra helping of your favorite side dish. The holidays are officially underway!

Nov 27, 2020
#99 - Adapting the Open and The Fittest Thanksgiving on Earth

Adaptive divisions are coming to the Open.  Jed Snelson from Wheel WOD joins the show to talk about that and the upcoming Wheel WOD Open.  Guess who's coming to dinner?  Sean and Tommy put together their guest list for their First Annual Talking Elite Fitness Thanksgiving Feast.  Find out who they'll be having over, who will be cooking the turkey, who's in charge of entertainment and who is there to make sure things don't get too out of hand.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and CrossFit HQ's new home.

Nov 26, 2020
Fitness with Friends #50 - Logan Aldridge

Logan Aldridge is the Director of Training for the Adaptive Training Academy.  In 2004 his left arm was amputated after a freak accident that occurred while he was helping his dad on the family boat.  Aldridge turned to CrossFit and can deadlift 500 pounds and clean 245.  Sean and Tommy talk to him about the plans to include adaptive athletes in the Open in 2021, what that means for the potential growth of the sport among adaptive athletes and the things he's doing to make sure the first Games season that group is as successful as it can be.

Nov 24, 2020
Podium Picks #30 - Games Finales

The final event at the CrossFit Games is always special.  In this edition of Podium Picks Sean and Tommy list the finales that they think stand above the rest.  A championship charge from out of nowhere, an event that was the embodiment of "unknown and unknowable," a combination of classic benchmarks and the most exciting finish in Games history all make the list.  But which ones make the top of the podium?  Get ready to relive some of the fantastic finishes from over the years at the CrossFit Games.

Nov 19, 2020
#98 - Revisiting Roza and Performance Versus Programming

Sean and Tommy are back from their trip to Colorado to speak with CrossFit CEO Eric Roza.  They talk about their main takeaways from the conversation and why they're even more excited about the future of the sport than they were before the interview.  Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins us to shed some light on why some notable athletes do well in some events but not the Games.  Is it programming or performance?  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week returns with crazy displays of balance and another Smith brother.

Nov 19, 2020
Podium Picks #29 - Halloween Candy

Everyone loves getting candy for Halloween, but there are some treats that just hit differently.  On this edition of Podium Picks, Sean and Tommy rank their top Halloween candy.  Chocolate classics, gummy delights and one of the most divisive seasonal sweets all make the list.  Empty out that Halloween bucket, unwrap some deliciousness and feast upon the sweetest Podium Picks yet!

Nov 12, 2020
#97 - A Conversation with Eric Roza

On this special edition of Talking Elite Fitness Sean and Tommy sit down with Eric Roza in his home in Boulder, CO.  CrossFit's CEO talks about the future of the sport of fitness and the media coverage surrounding it, how to grow registration for the Open, what he's learned about the company in the short time he has been running it, personal events in his life that helped shape him and what he's doing to get gyms that ended their affiliation after Greg Glassman's "Floyd 19" tweet back into the fold.

Nov 11, 2020
#96 - A Memorable Season in a Forgettable Year

The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season was unlike any we have ever seen.  Sean and Tommy take a look back at the highlights from the Open, the Sanctioned Events that took place, the events that ultimately led to the cancellation and postponement of the majority of the season and finally the two-stage CrossFit Games.  There were plenty of lessons learned and best practices that emerged, but what will those mean moving forward?  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw this Week returns with some familiar faces.

Nov 05, 2020
Podium Picks #28 - 2020 Games Moments

The 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games were unlike any other, but they still provided us with some pretty spectacular and memorable moments.  Sean and Tommy rank their favorites in this edition of Podium Picks.  A diabolical twist, a once-in-a-lifetime finish and an incredible podium-clinching effort all make the list, but which one was the best?  The Games are history, but that doesn't mean we can't keep talking about an incredible weekend in Aromas.

Nov 02, 2020
#95 - Looking Back on the 2020 Games

One of the most unique CrossFit Games in history is...history.  And speaking of history, both Mat Fraser and Tia Toomey made a lot of it this past weekend.  Sean and Tommy look back on their dominant performances and talk about if what Mat and Tia are doing is good for the sport.  Katrin Davidsdottir solidifies her legacy as one of the best ever, Sam Kwant is a ninja, Haley Adams is really tough and Justin Medeiros lived up to the hype.  Plus, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the sport.

Oct 28, 2020
Special Edition - 2020 Games Day 2 Recap

Mat at Tia are at it again.  Sean and Tommy discuss their dominant performances so far and where they stack up to some of the other great individual efforts we've seen in sports.  There's a great race going on in both divisions for spots 2-5.  They discuss what happened with those athletes on day two and who has the best chances of winding up on the podium at the end of the competition.

Oct 25, 2020
Special Edition - 2020 Games Day 1 Recap

The first five events of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games are in the books and Sean and Tommy are here to recap the first day of action.  They talk about what stood out, who surprised them and what are they looking forward to on Saturday.  

Oct 24, 2020
Final Five - Mat Fraser

Mat Fraser is trying to make history for the second year in a row.  After becoming the second man to win four-straight CrossFit Games Championships in 2019, he is looking to become the first to win five in 2020.  Fraser earned his way into Stage Two of the CrossFit Games by winning Stage One in convincing fashion.  He talks about his takeaways from the first part of the competition, how he's been preparing for this weekend in Aromas and what he's looking forward to the most when he gets to the Ranch.

Oct 22, 2020
#94 - Let the Games Begin!

Stage Two of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games is finally here!  Sean and Tommy break down the events we know and offer some speculation on the ones we don't.  Have their picks for the podium changed or are they sticking to their guns?  Plus, Tommy has a bone to pick with Dave Castro and lays down a challenge to CrossFit's Director of Sport.  This episode has everything you need to get ready for a great weekend of competition.  Let the Games begin!

Oct 22, 2020
Final Five - Brooke Wells

Brooke Wells is making her 6th consecutive appearance at the CrossFit Games and is hoping to end America's podium drought in the women's division.  Last year she suffered a disappointing mishap in the Sprint that caused her to miss the cut and finish 15th overall.  She talks about what she learned from that experience, her consistent performance in Stage One that helped her finish 2nd overall and how she has been preparing for what she will face at the Ranch in Aromas.

Oct 21, 2020
Final Five - Noah Ohlsen

Noah Ohlsen is making his 7th-straight appearance at the CrossFit Games.  He had a career-best 2nd place overall finish in 2019.  Ohlsen enters Stage Two of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games as a favorite to wind up on the podium once again.  He talks about his experience in Stage One, how he's matured as an athlete and why learning to have fun during competition helped him improve his performance.

Oct 20, 2020
Podium Picks #27 - Tearjerker Movies

Movies can make us laugh and cheer, but a lot of times they also make us cry.  We all have those flicks that makes us tear up every time we watch them.  Sean and Tommy reveal the movies that make them turn on the waterworks on this edition of Podium Picks.  Tales of triumph, coming-of-age classics, Civil War epics and super hero masterpieces all make the list.  Grab a tissue and get set for the feels!

Oct 20, 2020
Final Five - Haley Adams

Haley Adams is making her 2nd-straight individual appearance at the CrossFit Games. She finished 6th overall in 2019.  She has also competed at the Games as a teenager three times winning her division in 2018.  Adams finished 3rd in Stage One of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games to earn a trip to Aromas for Stage Two.  She talks about her performance in Stage One, the sacrifices she's made to reach this level in the sport and how she has prepared for what she will face at the Ranch.

Oct 20, 2020
Final Five - Justin Medeiros

Justin Medeiros is making his first career appearance at the CrossFit Games after earning his invite in November of 2019 at the Filthy 150.  Sean and Tommy talk to him about his performance in Stage One, where he gets his work ethic, how he's preparing for Stage Two at the Ranch and why he decided to rock the mullet.

Oct 17, 2020
#93 - Deciphering Day One and Podium Prognosticating

Dave Castro's clues continue.  This time he drops a big one regarding the opening day of phase 2 of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Sean and Tommy try and figure out what could be in store for the athletes who will be competing at the Ranch next week.  There's no arguing over who will be finishing on top of the podium for the men and women, but what about the rest of the spots?  Find out who else Sean and Tommy think will be earning a medal.  Plus, another edition of Crazy Things We Saw and Tommy's tumultuous sports weekend.

Oct 15, 2020
Podium Picks #26 - Ranch Moments

The CrossFit Games are coming home!  In honor of the return to Aromas, Sean and Tommy give their podium picks for the top moments at the Ranch.  Struggles from a future star, an improbable comeback, an infamous workout and dominance on display all make appearances but which ones will make the podium?  It's time to take a trip back to that dusty ranch in Aromas to celebrate the humble beginnings of a world wide sport.

Oct 15, 2020
Final Five - Katrin Davidsdottir

Katrin Davidsdottir is making her 8th career appearance at the CrossFit Games. She finished fourth in stage one of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. Davidsdottir is a former 2-time champion and has finished on the podium three times in her career. She talks about her performance in stage 1, dealing with the back injury that slowed her down for most of this year and why she excels when her back is against the wall.

Oct 12, 2020
#92 - Dave Drops Hints, Men's Fitness and Splitting it 50/50

Dave Castro is putting the finishing touches on the events for Phase 2 of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Sean and Tommy discuss some of the tidbits that he posted on social media and what we might see unfold in person in a few weeks.  Brian Friend returns to break down the men coming to Aromas not named Mat Fraser or Noah Ohlsen.  Dave Colina, CEO of O2, joins the show to talk about the the Fall 50/50 Fitness Pledge and how you and your gym can get involved.

Oct 08, 2020
Podium Picks #25 - Back to School

We would all dread going back to school, but there were some things that helped make the experience a lot more enjoyable.  Sean and Tommy rank the best parts of heading back into the classroom in this edition of Podium Picks.  Grab your new backpack, a sweet new set of pens, your flashy Trapper Keeper, the clothes you scored during the Back to School Sale and get ready to have more fun than you ever had at lunchtime recess. 

Oct 07, 2020
Final Five - Sam Kwant

Sam Kwant is making his 4th career appearance at the CrossFit Games and took 4th place in Stage One this year.  Kwant is coming off his best finish at the Games in 2019 when he finished 13th overall.  Sean and Tommy talk to him about his experience competing in the virtual format, his expectations for Aromas, growing up with six siblings and the lessons he's learned from competing at the Games in the past and how he plans on applying those at the Ranch.

Oct 06, 2020
Final Five - Jeff Adler

Canada's Jeff Adler is competing in the the CrossFit Games for the second time in his career.  After a strong start in the opening event in 2019, he went on to finish 33rd overall.  This year he finished 5th in Stage One of the Games to earn the right to go to The Ranch in Aromas, CA to compete for the title of Fittest on Earth.  Adler talks to Sean and Tommy about his experience in Stage One, his athletic background, how he found CrossFit and what he hopes to accomplish during the in-person portion of the Games.

Oct 02, 2020
#91 - Ending America's Podium Drought and Hitting a Mega Milestone

For the first time since 2014 an American woman is going to stand on the podium at the CrossFit Games.  But who will it be?  Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend stops by to tell us why Brooke Wells, Haley Adams and Kari Pearce all have a chance.  Plus, Talking Elite Fitness hits another milestone, our friend Chase Ingraham is heading back to the competition floor and rollerblading shows up in Crazy Things We Saw This Week.

Oct 01, 2020
Podium Picks #24 - Dream Cars

We all have those cars we wish we could own one day.  On this episode of Podium Picks Sean and Tommy embrace their inner gear heads and reveal the cars they wish they could have. Tricked out recreational vehicles, post-apocalyptic muscle machines, old school classics and slick time machines help this episode go from zero to sixty in 3 seconds flat.  Buckle up, hang on and enjoy the ride!

Sep 30, 2020
Final Five - Kari Pearce

Kari Pearce is making her 6th career appearance at the CrossFit Games and is one of the five women who will be competing at the Ranch in Aromas, California in October. She joins Sean and Tommy to talk about her performance throughout Stage 1, what is was like competing in a virtual format, the lessons she's learned from her prior appearances at the Games and how her abs helped her start her own business.

Sep 27, 2020
Fitness with Friends #49 - Dave Castro

It's the Dave Castro hat trick.  CrossFit's Director of Sport sits down with Sean and Tommy to talk about Stage 1 of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games, what we can expect for Stage 2, the support he's getting from new CEO Eric Roza and the latest on a season structure for 2021 for all the divisions involved.  Find out what surprised him the most about the first 7 events that were held last weekend, what he would change, his process of programming for an event and if the theme we saw for Stage 1 may carry over into Stage 2.  

Sep 23, 2020
Podium Picks #23 - Stage 1 Moments

It's so nice to be talking about competition again!  Stage 1 of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games is in the books and there were plenty of great moments throughout the weekend.  Sean and Tommy give their picks for the best ones on this edition of Podium Picks.  Monster lifts, clutch coaching, epic comebacks, stellar consistency and lightning fast times are all somewhere on the list, but which one is the best?  The competition is over, but the debate is just beginning!

Sep 22, 2020
#90 - Stage 1 Games Recap with Friends

We are down to the final 5!  We know the men and women who will be coming to Aromas to compete in person.  Sean and Tommy take a look back on the weekend that was and welcome a special guest to help them break down the programming.  Then it's on to the competition!  What were the biggest surprises and most impressive performances?  Who impressed and who disappointed?  Who will wind up on the podium when it's all said and done?  Regardless, it's great to be talking about the Games once again!

Sep 21, 2020
#89 - Let the Games Begin and Talking Elite Women

It's CrossFit Games week!  Official Friend of the Show Brian Friend joins Sean and Tommy to break down the events that have been announced and to analyze the 30 female athletes who are vying for a trip to Aromas.  They also revisit the men's side of things now that most of the events are known.  Have their predictions changed?  Which events could be the difference makers, what athletes will surprise and which ones could disappoint?  Plus, we learn patience pays off and excuses don't matter in this week's edition of Crazy Things We Saw.  

Sep 16, 2020
Podium Picks #22 - Childhood Cartoons

What was better than watching cartoons after school or on a Saturday morning as a kid?  Not much.  Sean and Tommy run down their top childhood cartoons on this edition of podium picks.  Real American heroes, giant robots, an irreverent chihuahua and his sidekick cat, anime odysseys and a story about an aspiring chef are sure to have you saying, "I loved that show!"  Grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and settle in as they look back on some animated classics from the 80s and 90s.  

Sep 14, 2020
#88 - Teen Beat and Men's Fitness Online

Hey, everyone!  Look!  We actually have competition to discuss!  Joel Godett stops by to help Sean and Tommy recap the teens competition that took place last weekend at the Pit Fitness Ranch in Michigan while the "Official Friend of the Show" Brian Friend helps preview next week's online portion of the CrossFit Games for the men.  Plus, Alec Smith and some familiar Russians highlight Crazy Things We Saw This Week and Tommy embraces his inner degenerate and hands out gambling advice for week 1 of the NFL season.

Sep 10, 2020
Podium Picks #21 - 20th Century Video Games

The 80s and 90s were the golden age of video games.  On this edition of Podium Picks, Sean and Tommy rank their top games from the 20th century.   it's time to take a trip back to your childhood with coin-op classics, console gems and games that touched off brand new genres. These throwbacks had us staying up all night with our friends or spending way too much money at the local arcade. Grab your controller and a roll of quarters, settle into your favorite gaming chair and enjoy!

Sep 08, 2020
#87 - Games Latest, Teens Take to The Pit and Answering Your Questions About our Season Structure

The CrossFit Games are creeping closer.  We give you the latest news on the virtual phase of competition and what you can expect from a media standpoint.  Some of the top teens in CrossFit are heading to The Pit Fitness Ranch this weekend to close out their seasons.  Find out how to stay up to date with all the action going on in Michigan.  There was a lot of feedback on our idea for a new season.  Some of it was good and some we just don't understand.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and why Tommy has a good chance of winning his fantasy football league's championship.

Sep 03, 2020
Podium Picks #20 - Games Equipment

The athletes are always the main attraction at the CrossFit Games, but the equipment they use can often steal the spotlight.  From the small but important to the giant and formidable, Sean and Tommy go through their top pieces of Games equipment on this edition of Podium Picks.  Some are eye-catching, others are game-changing but all have helped provide some great tests and memorable moments at the CrossFit Games. 

Sep 01, 2020
Fitness with Friends #48 - Lt. Ronald Perez, NYPD CrossFit

Lt. Ronald Perez has been with the NYPD for 18 years.  He is one of the people who helped open NYPD CrossFit a little more than a year ago to help his fellow officers deal with the stress that comes along with police work.  Recently, NYPD CrossFit has been partnering with Afrobrutality to spread the message of fitness to underserved communities.  We talk about with Lt. Perez about why he got into law enforcement, starting NYPD CrossFit, dealing with the stress of police work and the things he's learned through the community workouts he and his fellow officers are helping to organize.

Aug 31, 2020
Special Edition: Games Season Solved!

What should the new CrossFit Games season look like?  How do you blend the Sanctioned Events with the old Regional structure and create a season that is easy to understand and extremely exciting?  We're pretty confident we've finally figured it out.  Sean Woodland and Chase Ingraham pitch their idea for a new Games season to Tommy Marquez and Bill Grundler.  Take a listen and see if you're on board.  We think you're gonna like it!

Aug 27, 2020
#86 - Masters of their Domain, Advisory Council Announced and Eric Roza's Media Tour

An actual in-person event took place last weekend and Tommy was there to witness it firsthand.  He and Sean discuss the Masters Fitness Collective that was held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Could this be the future of age group events?  The first four members of the Athlete Advisory Council have been named and Eric Roza is starting to show up on national media and fitness podcasts.  What more have we learned about him?  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw and Tommy gets his hands on a flamethrower.

Aug 27, 2020
Podium Picks #19 - Guilty Pleasure Music

You know those songs you shouldn't like but you do?  This episode is all about those.  Sean and Tommy give you the songs, genres, artists and albums they're ashamed to admit they actually enjoy. You may not want it that way, but trust us, this episode is everything you want and everything you need.  It's going to be tough to shake it off when it comes to some of these songs, but Sean and Tommy live by the Creed of "always have fun" and that's what makes this a Pitch Perfect edition of Podium Picks.

Aug 25, 2020
Fitness with Friends #47 - Will Bald

How do you hold an event during a pandemic?  Will Bald may have the answer.  He put on the Bacon Beatdown in Florida in July, an event that hosted nearly 1,000 athletes and fans.  Sean and Tommy talk to him about why he decided to go ahead with his event in the midst of COVID-19, the safety protocols he put in place and the things he learned that other events should do if they're thinking of doing something similar.

Aug 21, 2020
#85 - Talk of the Town Hall

The Eric Roza era has begun.  CrossFit's new owner and CEO held his first virtual town hall on Wednesday.  He answered questions on everything from diversity, helping affiliates outside the United States and the CrossFit Games season.  Sean and Tommy give their reactions to what they heard and what they didn't.  Plus, the Masters Fitness Collective is getting kicked off in Indiana and Crazy Things We Saw This Week.

Aug 20, 2020
Podium Picks #18 - Fantastic Finishes

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.  In this episode of Podium Picks Sean and Tommy rank their top fantastic finishes over the years from the CrossFit Games season.  Wins that launched legendary careers, costly no-reps that dashed an athlete's hopes, clutch comebacks and photo finishes are all part of an exciting trip down memory lane that will have you reliving some of the most memorable moments from the sport of fitness.  

Aug 18, 2020
Fitness with Friends #46 - Mat Fraser

The champ is here!  Four-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser joins Sean and Tommy to talk about the recent change to the CrossFit Games format, his impressions of Eric Roza, having Tia Toomey as a training partner and why he sometimes uses cold, hard cash as motivation.  Mat also answers questions from our Patrons and tells us if going team could ever be in his future.

Aug 14, 2020
#84 - The New (Virtual) Reality of the CrossFit Games and CrossFit Titans, Go!

The CrossFit Games are going virtual.  Sean and Tommy discuss the decision to hold the first part of the Games online with the top five men and women advancing to Aromas for an in-person competition.  They talk about what we know, what needs to be figured out and possible reasons behind some of the decisions.  The Titan Games is the Rock's show, but a handful of CrossFit athletes stole the spotlight.  Plus, Crazy Thing We Saw This Week and Sean rescues a parakeet.

Aug 12, 2020
Podium Picks #17 - Sports Movies

They love sports and they love movies. So why not do a Podium Picks that combine both? Sean and Tommy count down their favorite sports movies of all time.  Get some popcorn, find a seat and see if any or your favorites make the cut.  It may be a Rocky road to the top of the podium, but you're sure to leave Happy. Some picks may have you yelling, "You're killing me, Smalls!" and others may make you say, "It's in the hole!"  Drop the puck, ring the bell, put on the foil and enjoy!  

Aug 11, 2020
#83 - No Trouble in Bubbles and Let's Learn About Private Equity!

No news is good news as the CrossFit Games are still a "go" for September.  Sean and Tommy discuss what we've learned so far from the returns of the NBA, NHL and MLB and what best practices from those leagues CrossFit might employ.  We found out about Berkshire Partners and their involvement with the purchase of CrossFit last week.  This week Sean and Tommy talk with investment professional Brendan Corcoran to learn all about the world of private equity and what could be ahead for CrossFit under Eric Roza.

Aug 06, 2020
Podium Picks #16 - Competition Lifts

There have been plenty of big lifts during big moments throughout the years, but which ones are the biggest of them all? Tia's 270? Fraser's clean in 2019? Cody Anderson's 310 in 2014? Sean and Tommy run down their top competition lifts in this edition of Podium Picks.

Aug 03, 2020
#82 - Sold! (Officially), Klink has Company and Testing Talk with Sean Sweeney

CrossFit officially has a new owner.  Sean and Tommy discuss some of the initial details of the finalized sale to Eric Roza.  We have another member of the 500 pound back squat and sub-5:00 mile club.  What's it like to be Dave Castro's guinea pig?  Three-time CrossFit Games athlete Sean Sweeney stops by to talk about testing the Games events at the Ranch.  Plus, Mayhem Madness cancels, some important community support and plenty of Crazy Things We Saw This Week.

Jul 30, 2020
Podium Picks #15 - Marvel Movies

It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Grab your Infinity Gauntlet, a Vibranium Shield, Mjolnir and get settled in your Helicarrier as Sean and Tommy run down their top Marvel movies on this edition of Podium Picks (because that's what heroes do.)  Tommy also drops some serious comic book knowledge and offers some informative insight on the stories and character arcs.  You're bound to learn something in this super hero-sized episode (other than Sean and Tommy are huge geeks).

Jul 27, 2020
#81 - Testing Time, To Games or not to Games and Kittelberger's Colorado Coverage

California is shutting back down, but plans for the CrossFit Games continue to ramp up.  Dave Castro and some athletes are busy testing events at The Ranch, but are they being overly optimistic?  Sean and Tommy discuss the latest on the conditions in California and if it's even worth holding the CrossFit Games at this point.  Plus, President of the IF3 and four-time CrossFit Games athlete Gretchen Kittelberger stops by to recap her experience at the Future of CrossFit Summit in Colorado last week.

Jul 23, 2020
Podium Picks #14 - Karaoke Songs

It's a sing along time as Sean and Tommy tune up their top karaoke songs!  From crooner classics to recent hits, they are definitely in tune as they figure out which song tops the charts.  What songs will survive?  What songs will wind up in low places?  What songs are livin' on a prayer and what songs never felt so good?  Sean and Tommy may not be musically inclined, but they definitely hit all the right notes in this edition of Podium Picks.

Jul 18, 2020
#80 - The Amazing Adam, A Big Step in the Big Peach and Summiting with Steph

Score one for the big guys!  Sean and Tommy discuss Adam Klink's 5:00 mile and 500 pound back squat and try and figure out what the next challenge should be.  The CrossFit Scholarship held its first L1 in Atlanta.  Incoming CrossFit CEO Eric Roza is holding a Future of CrossFit Summit in Colorado.  Games athlete Steph Chung stops by to talk about what happened on day one, what she hopes to hear on day two and the newly formed Professional Fitness Athletes Association. 

Jul 16, 2020
Fitness with Friends #45 - Athena Perez

Athena Perez is a Transformation Life Coach and CrossFit L1 trainer who's new book is entitled Lifting the Wait.  It chronicles her abusive and traumatic childhood, the unhealthy relationship with food that resulted from it, and how she came to weigh 500 pounds.  Athena found CrossFit in 2017 and immediately started turning her life around.  Since then she has lost 225 pounds, earned her L1 Certificate and is planning on opening her own affiliate.

Jul 14, 2020
Podium Picks #13 - Rookie Moments

You have to start somewhere.  Before some of the biggest names in CrossFit became the dominant athletes we know today, they turned heads as rookies at the Games.  Who takes the gold when it comes to making a first impression?  In this episode of Podium Picks, Sean and Tommy give us their top rookie moments from single event domination to record setting wins. 

Jul 11, 2020
Fitness with Friends #44 - Arielle Sanders

Arielle Sanders is an up and coming black CrossFit athlete who trains at Terminus Strength and Conditioning in Atlanta, GA. She has been a vocal advocate for improving diversity in the CrossFit space. We talk to her about what she thinks needs to be done in order to improve diversity, what it was like to take over Lindy Barber's Instagram account and why a conversation with incoming CrossFit CEO Eric Roza gives her hope for the future

Jul 11, 2020
#79 - Athletes, Assemble! Mayhem Moved and The (CrossFit) Titan Games

Games Athletes are taking fitness with friends to a whole new level!  Sean and Tommy talk about the newly formed Professional Fitness Athletes' Association, what its goals are and how we might see it interact with competition organizers.  Another competition has been postponed as Mayhem Madness pushes back to late August.  Plus, CrossFit athletes continue to shine on Mt. Olympus and familiar faces return in Crazy Things We Saw.

Jul 09, 2020
Podium Picks #12 - Fourth of July

It's a star spangled edition of Podium Picks!  This episode promises plenty of fireworks as Tommy and Sean unveil their favorite things about celebrating America's birthday.  Put on your red, white and blue, grab an extra helping of that fruit salad and light up a sparkler or two because you're in for some freedom-soaked fun!

Jul 04, 2020
#78 - Dave Debrief, Welcome Back, Carroll and Scholarship Sentiments

Sean and Tommy have a lot to talk about following their interview with Dave Castro.  They discuss where they agree with him, where they don't and what they could have done better while talking with him.  There's a lot of good news to talk about this week.  Nicole Carroll is back and CrossFit announced its new scholarship program.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and a teenage Games athlete needs your help.

Jul 02, 2020
Fitness With Friends #43 - Dave Castro

Dave Castro returns to talk about everything going on with CrossFit and the CrossFit Games in the midst of the sale of the company to Eric Roza.  We talk about the perceived problems with the culture at HQ, addressing diversity in CrossFit and the immediate and long-term future of the CrossFit Games.

Jun 27, 2020
Podium Picks #11 - Dad Moves

It's the father of all Podium Picks episodes! Put on your Air Monarchs, sit back in your favorite recliner, make sure nobody is messing with the thermostat and grab a cold one as Sean and Tommy rank their top dad moves. Do you think you're Mr. Fix-It? Do you overestimate your sports skills? Are you obsessed with changing the oil? If so, you may find yourself on this week's podium.

Jun 27, 2020
#77 - Under New Ownership

Greg Glassman is out.  Eric Roza is in.  The former tech executive and founder of CrossFit Sanitas in Colorado is your new Owner and CEO of CrossFit.  Sean and Tommy talk about their first impressions of Eric, the things he's said so far that they like and what things they think still need to be done.  Plus, CrossFitters continue to dominate the Titan Games and a fun-filled dose of Crazy Things We Saw.

Jun 24, 2020
Podium Picks #10 - Rogue Invitational Moments

It's a return to competition on this week's episode.  From monster lifts to incredible feats of endurance, Sean and Tommy take a look back at the top moments from the Rogue Invitational.  Will Tia's 270 take gold, or will she be upstaged by the Engine from England?  Will Chandler Smith, Hayley Adams or even Coach B pull off an upset?  We know what athletes stood on the podium, now it's time to find out what performances, events and even commentators earned a medal. 

Jun 20, 2020
#76 - Delay of Games, Dave's Districts and Rogue Invitational Recap

The CrossFit Games have been pushed back. Tommy and Sean discuss the reasons for the delay and what good may come of it.  Will you volunteer as tribute for your District?  Dave Castro unveils a new plan to give affiliates a greater voice.  The Rogue Invitational took place this past weekend.  Tommy and Sean break down the results, tell you who turned in the most impressive performances and what surprised them about our first competition in months.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw and a ton of good things going on in the community.

Jun 18, 2020
Fitness with Friends #42 - Honorable Judge Gerald Parker

Honorable Judge Gerald Parker was elected to the Common Pleas Court Bench, General Division, in November of 2018, taking office in early January of 2019. He is the first African-American male judge to hold that position. He serves on the Offender Supervision and Security Committee as well.  Judge Parker is also a CrossFitter and has helped put together a program along with Centerville CrossFit that introduces kids on probation to fitness.

Jun 16, 2020
Podium Picks #9 - Childhood Toys

There's no playing around on this episode as Sean and Tommy unveil their podium picks for their favorite childhood toys.  Sean brings out some radical 80's classics while Tommy yells, "Cowabunga!" and slams his way through the 90's.  There's no nerfing this episode as you'll get super soaked with nostalgia.  Prepare to have your day transformed with a walk down memory lane!

Jun 16, 2020
Friyay Q&A (On a Monday) - June 15, 2020

It's a special Monday edition of our weekly Q&A session and we wanted to make it available to everyone given all the craziness that has been going on.  We respond to questions regarding the revelations from Andy Stumpf, affiliation, L1 Seminars and the steps CrossFit needs to make in order to prove they're moving in the right direction.

Jun 16, 2020
#75 - You Can't Spell "Dave Castro" without CEO, Matt Chan the Titan Man and Rogue Invitational Preview

The tumultuous week continues.  Greg Glassman is out as CrossFit's CEO and Dave Castro is in.  But does it matter?  Sean and Tommy talk about the move and what else they think needs to be done. Matt Chan gets revenge at the Titan Games while Dani Speegle continues to dominate.  We finally have a competition to talk about!  The Rogue Invitational takes place this weekend.  Sean and Tommy give their thoughts on who to watch and what events the can't wait to see.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw and Community Support.

Jun 11, 2020
Special Edition - Where we Stand

The CrossFit landscape changed drastically over the weekend.  In the interest of trying to facilitate a conversation as well as share our thoughts on everything going on, we decided to do a live podcast on Sunday, June 7th on YouTube.  We talk about Greg Glassman's comments on Twitter, the reaction to those comments, the use of a racial slur in a group text involving some Games athletes and the future of the sport we all love.  We also get reaction from Matt Chan who decided to resign from the L1 seminar staff.

Jun 08, 2020
Podium Picks #8 - "Seriously!?" Moments from the Games

There have been a ton of great moments at the CrossFit Games moments.  There have also been some not-so-great ones as well.  In fact, some of those may have left you scratching your head and saying, "Seriously!?"  Sean and Tommy rank their top moments from the Games that left their jaws on the floor for the wrong reasons.  

Jun 06, 2020
#74 - Sprint Couplet Sequel, CrossFit Health gets Healthier and Dani Dominates

The Sprint Couplet stirred up a lot of controversy at the 2019 Games.  Could Dave Castro be bringing it back this year?  Sean and Tommy break down some social media posts that suggest he may do just that.  CrossFit Health is launching a new course and Dani Speegle is now officially a Titan.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and a review of our talk with EZ Muhammad.

Jun 03, 2020
Fitness with Friends #41 - EZ Muhammad

On this edition we speak with 2-time CrossFit Games athlete and owner of CrossFit Unorthodox in Des Moines, Iowa EZ Muhammad.  EZ has been vocal on social media recently about the current state of affairs in the United States and we wanted to have him on to provide his unique insight and hopefully provide a jumping off point for more conversations.

Jun 02, 2020
Podium Picks #7 - Board Games

So many classics, but only three spots on the podium.  You won't be Sorry that you listened to this episode as Sean and Tommy Clue you in on their favorite board games of all time.  Will a timeless classic have a Monopoly on the top spot or something more obscure be numero Uno?  Get a Ticket to Ride for this one!  It's definitely worth the Risk. 

May 30, 2020
Fitness with Friends #40 - PGA Tour Golfer Scott Stallings

Scott Stallings started on the PGA Tour in 2010 and has three career tournament victories. After winning at Torrey Pines in 2014 he hit a rough patch in his career that forced him to re-evaluate his fitness and eventually led him to CrossFit.  We talk to Scott about how he actually found CrossFit, how it’s helped him get his golf career back on track and an awkward first time meeting with Josh Bridges.

May 28, 2020
#73 - Castro's Clues, Titan Talk and Tommy's Post Murph Munchies

Is Dave Castro dropping clues about the Games on social media?  Sean and Tommy discuss a mysterious Instagram story that suggests he is.  Matt Chan takes on a Titan from Tennessee on national television.  Tommy gained a Murph PR on Monday followed by some epic gains on the scale.  Plus, more details on the age group competitions that are taking the Games' place and another edition of Crazy Things We Saw.

May 28, 2020
Podium Picks #6 - Mind Blowing Moments

The CrossFit Games have provided us with some incredible moments over the years, but which ones are the best?  From sleds and slugs to cameramen and cleans, Sean and Tommy offer their Podium Picks for the top mind blowing moments from 13 years of the Games.

May 23, 2020
Fitness with Friends #39 - Battle Cancer Founder Scott Britton

After a number of small-scale fundraising events in 2015-2016, Battle Cancer was born in 2017 with its first competition held in Manchester, UK.  Last year saw the Battle Cancer movement grow into six events across Europe plus a Battle Tour of LA. To date, they've raised over £500,000 for almost 40 cancer charities worldwide helped by nearly 5,000 athletes.  Scott Britton talks about why he started Battle Cancer, some of the new initiatives they are getting behind and how we are doing in the fight against Cancer.

May 21, 2020
#72 - Froning Speaks, Good News for the Games and You Can't Say That on Social Media

The champ is here!  Rich Froning stops by to talk about Mayhem Madness.  The team event in Cookeville promises to be one of the most unique and entertaining competitions we've seen.  Sean and Tommy discuss what it could mean for the future of the sport of fitness.  There's good news coming out of California, but what does it mean for the CrossFit Games?  People are still doing dumb things on social media.  Sean and Tommy talk about the fallout from an ill-advised post.  Plus, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and getting ready for Murph.

May 21, 2020
Podium Picks #5 - Cereals

When you're an adult, cereal is no longer a "sometimes" food.  Sean and Tommy are here with their top three cereals of all time. Will a sweet treat take the top of the podium or will something wholesome and healthy stand above all others?  Plus, what cereal will take the Spirit of the Games award and which is a dark horse to tickle you taste buds?  Let the debate begin!

May 16, 2020
#71 - Thirty is the Magic Number, Done in Dubai and Cancelled in Canada

Thirty men and thirty women will be heading to Aromas for the CrossFit Games, but who exactly will they be?  Sean and Tommy discuss the latest announcement from the CrossFit Games and why there are still a lot more questions than answers.  We have our first Sanctioned Event cancelled for next year and another one calls it quits for 2020.  Plus, Tommy gets Sean ready for dad life, Crazy Things We Saw This Week and and tale of a harrowing animal rescue.

May 14, 2020
Bonus Episode: Programming the 2020 Games with Chase Ingraham and Bill Grundler

Avengers, assemble!  Chase Ingraham and Bill Grundler from "Get with the Programming" join Sean and Tommy for this special crossover episode.  The Games are coming back to The Ranch in Aromas.  What will that look like?  Sean, Tommy, Chase and Bill try and answer that question. Using events done at Aromas in the past, they put together a three day competition that will not only crown the Fittest on Earth, but also pay homage to CrossFit's history.

May 07, 2020
#70 - Age Groups Axed, CrossFitters go Prime Time and Recalling Regionals

The season is over for the Masters and Teenagers.  Sean and Tommy discuss the recent move to not include them in the Games this year.  You'll soon be seeing some familiar faces on national television in the United States.  Podium Picks focus on the best moments from Regionals.  And monkeys are stealing our children in Crazy Things We Saw This Week!

May 07, 2020
#69 - Cancellations Continue, Is Castro Teasing and Stay for May

Another Sanctioned event pulls the plug on 2020.  Sean and Tommy have the latest on the season schedule and what is left of it.  Dave Castro has been active on social media.  Is he possibly dropping hints?  David Colina, founder and CEO of O2, stops by to talk about he's helping out gyms with Stay for May.  Plus, it's a sugary sweet version of Podium Picks and another edition of Crazy Things We Saw.

Apr 30, 2020