CrossFit Games Podcast

CrossFit Games

Each year since 2007, CrossFit has determined the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth through a series of events called the CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games are a multi-day event where the top athletes in the world are tested with a variety of challenges including Olympic lifting, gymnastics, swimming, running, and more. At the end of a grueling competition, one man and one woman will have clearly distinguished themselves as the Fittest on Earth. Join Host Chase Ingraham and various guests as they break down the ins and outs of the CrossFit Games season each week on the CrossFit Games Podcast.

Ep. 064: The Future of NOBULL in CrossFit
Jul 26 2022
Ep. 064: The Future of NOBULL in CrossFit
“This is the most important relationship that we have. We’re CrossFitters, we are fans of the sport, we are members of affiliates, we’ve been through the last five, eight years just like everyone else has, and we’re more excited for the future than we have been.” — Todd Meleney, Chief Marketing Officer of NOBULLChief Marketing Officer of NOBULL Todd Meleney joins host Chase Ingraham on the podcast to discuss NOBULL’s partnership with CrossFit and the future of the company in the sport.Meleney opens up about NOBULL’s beginnings in the CrossFit space, becoming the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games, and working closely with CrossFit to ensure a positive experience and thriving future for both parties, including the CrossFit community and athletes.Recently, NOBULL announced replica jerseys for purchase that will don the names of Games athletes. Meleney explains the creation and production of the new athlete jerseys and how they are supporting the athletes, the influence from fans in making the jerseys, and the goal for the product in the future.Looking ahead to the CrossFit Games next week, there are plenty of NOBULL-sponsored activities to get involved with in Madison, according to Meleney.NOBULL will host community workouts at Olin Park, affiliate-only events to connect with affiliate owners, and a BBQ for members of NOBULL’s loyalty program The Chipper. NOBULL and CrossFit athletes Sydney Wells and Alec Smith will also host community workouts, as well as former NFL athlete Curt Maggitt. Fans can also expect to see new products on the field.In London, CrossFit enthusiasts can head to Rosslyn Park for the CrossFit Games London Fanzone Experience.Throughout the podcast, Meleney opens up about how NOBULL and its products have grown over the years, the importance of CrossFit in its continued evolution, and NOBULL’s vision to continue working with CrossFit to support the professionalization of the sport.Presented by NOBULL.
Ep. 063: Programming the CrossFit Games
Jul 22 2022
Ep. 063: Programming the CrossFit Games
"These are not meant to be workouts. … The goal here is not to leave that competition floor pushing the needle forward with your fitness. ... What is supposed to happen is that you're supposed to take what you've been training all year and see what you can do with what's put in front of you." —Adrian BozmanCrossFit Director of Competition Adrian Bozman joins the podcast to discuss the theory behind programming for the CrossFit Games — the ultimate test of fitness.After 15 years of programming by Dave Castro, the Games will now be designed with Bozman at the helm.Bozman shares his approach to programming and outlines what goes into creating a well-balanced test of fitness when the goal is to find the Fittest on Earth. He also opens up about his objectives for the competition, not only for the athletes but for the fans and spectators as well.Bozman also shares the cut schedule for the individuals and teams at this year’s Games — age-group and adaptive athletes will not be cut.The cut process started in 2009 and has been carried out intermittently since. Bozman explains the rationale behind the process.For anyone expecting something new and unique at this year’s Games, Bozman says, “There are a few things that are unique as far as equipment (and) format, which I'm really excited about.”During the podcast, Chase Ingraham and Bozman also discuss the impact of an athlete’s size on programming, how the athletes and sport have evolved since the inception of the Games, and how the tests at the competition differ from regular training workouts.Learn more about Bozman’s approach to programming, how cuts will affect individuals and teams, and what unique elements athletes and fans can expect to see this year.
Ep. 062: Defeating CrossFit Mayhem
Jul 20 2022
Ep. 062: Defeating CrossFit Mayhem
“I think with the team side, there are some unique things to consider. … A combination of men and women, how they work together, how they communicate, the way they’re training leading up to competition, how they were able to build their individual fitness all year long. … There are so many more variables with teams than there are with individuals.” — Adrian ConwayMulti-year Affiliate Cup champion Adrian Conway joins host Chase Ingraham on the podcast to talk about team competition and what it’s going to take to beat Affiliate Cup reigning champion CrossFit Mayhem at the CrossFit Games.Having captained a CrossFit Games affiliate to victory against Mayhem and also having experience as an individual competitor, Conway shares his knowledge and experiences competing in both divisions. He weighs in on the varying degrees of pressure, discusses the differences between four- and six-person teams, and reflects on what he’s learned over the years to maximize his team’s and his own potential.Conway and Ingraham discuss balancing strategy, teamwork, and fitness in team programming, and how and what athletes should be tested on to determine the fittest affiliate on Earth. They also note challenges athletes can face working as a unit, and identify mental and physical characteristics that make a formidable team member.The duo close out the podcast by sharing their best strategies for defeating CrossFit Mayhem. Conway and Ingraham highlight events and movements that tend to favor the dominant affiliate, note the advantages of confidence and momentum on the competition floor, and acknowledge the impact of a flawless performance.Will anyone beat CrossFit Mayhem? Tune in to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, Aug. 3-7, to find out.
Ep. 061: Drug Testing in CrossFit
Jul 15 2022
Ep. 061: Drug Testing in CrossFit
“We’re not trying to protect the athletes, we’re trying to protect the claim. And the best thing we can do to protect the claim is to test the athletes.” — Justin BerghGeneral Manager of Sport Justin Bergh and Athlete Relationship Manager Kurtis Bowler join host Chase Ingraham and Adrian Conway on the podcast for an extensive discussion about CrossFit’s drug-testing protocol, recent positive test results among top-performing athletes, and best practices to prevent positive results in the future.During the 2022 CrossFit season, a number of athletes have tested positive for banned substances, including CrossFit Games qualifiers. To protect the integrity of the competition and its athletes, CrossFit strongly enforces an anti-doping policy.In the podcast, Bergh and Bowler thoroughly explain the drug-testing process that athletes undergo. They also explain how athletes can appeal their drug violation and how Games spots are backfilled should a Games qualifier test positive for a banned substance.Bergh also explains CrossFit’s mission to ensure that all athletes are able to compete on an even playing field, protecting its integrity as a sport and the claim of finding the Fittest on Earth.As a former collegiate athlete and a Games competitor who’s been drug tested, Conway shares his experiences with the process and gives his opinion on being a responsible athlete in a professional sport.In an attempt to help the CrossFit community, Bowler offers guidance on how athletes can better familiarize themselves with CrossFit’s Drug Testing Policy and as well as advice on how to better educate themselves about the supplements they’re taking.Bowler encourages athletes to reach out to CrossFit’s team with any and all questions, advises athletes to read supplement labels, and urges athletes subscribe to “The Hopper,” which contains informative literature about the competition and drug-testing policy for the community and competitive athletes.Bergh and Bowler also list the most common banned substances found in positive results, weigh in on the severity of the penalty imposed on the athlete, and address the misconception that CrossFit protects athletes by not disclosing positive tests.For more information on CrossFit’s Drug Policy, visit games.crossfit.com/drug-testing and/or reach out to drugtesting@crossfitgames.com.
Ep. 057: Last-Chance Workout Preview With Adrian Bozman
Jun 27 2022
Ep. 057: Last-Chance Workout Preview With Adrian Bozman
“I’m a staunch believer that there are certain tests that don’t have to have a lot of fanfare around them and they’re always gonna be spectacular because the athletes’ performances in them are gonna be so compelling.” — Adrian BozmanCrossFit Competition Director Adrian Bozman joins host Chase Ingraham on the podcast to preview the Last-Chance Qualifier workouts.Over the course of two days, 60 Semifinal athletes who just missed out on a qualifying spot for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games will compete in the virtual Last-Chance Qualifier for one of two tickets (per individual division) to Madison.Bozman talks about programming for the online event and discusses the intent behind the four workouts the athletes will take on. He also breaks down the workouts in depth and offers his opinions on load, rep scheme, and time domain for each.For anyone looking to try one of the LCQ workouts, Bozman recommends Workout 4 — a triplet of burpee box jump-overs, double-unders, and wall-ball shots.Bozman, who recently visited Madison for Games prep, also looks ahead to the finals and shares some of his favorite things about hosting the competition in Wisconsin’s capital city.“Just the fact that the (Madison) community is so embracing of the event is awesome, and the natural geography of the area is so cool. ... There’s just so much that it offers as a city and a geographical landing place for the Games. I love it,” Bozman says.
CrossFit Semifinals Press Conference 2022
Jun 17 2022
CrossFit Semifinals Press Conference 2022
CrossFit held a post-Semifinals press conference following four consecutive weeks of in-person competition to determine CrossFit Games qualifiers for the 2022 season. General Manager of Sport Justin Bergh, CrossFit Competition Director Adrian Bozman, CrossFit Lowlands champion Lazar Dukic, CrossFit Atlas Games winner Brent Fikowski, and Fittest Woman in Ireland Emma McQuaid were in attendance to answer questions from the press. Hear from Bergh and Bozman on CrossFit’s efforts to improve the overall Games season for athletes and spectators, and hear from the athletes on their Semifinals experience. Chapters0:00-1:20 - Introduction1:20-4:25 - Justin Bergh’s Welcome and Goals for the Season4:25-5:45 - Adrian Bozman’s Summary of Age-Group and Adaptive Semifinals, and Looking Ahead5:45-12:00 - Accountability for Safety, Equipment, and Movement Standards for Athletes in Competition12:00-16:10 - Takeaways To Improve the Sustainability of Semifinal Events 16:10-18:30 - Athlete Drug Test Results18:30-20:40 - Online and In-Person Judging20:40-23:59 - Producing Livestreams & Increasing the Sustainability of Events23:59-24:54 - Athlete Welcome & Introductions — Brent Fikowski, Emma McQuaid, Lazar Dukic24:54-27:15 - Lazar Dukic’s Semifinals Win and Training With His Brother Luka27:15-32:08 - Working Together To Provide a Great Athlete Semifinal Experience 32:08-33:45 - Emma McQuaid — Growing Over the Years in CrossFit33:45-35:31 - Lazar Dukic Reflects On His CrossFit Career35:31-40:32 - Advice for First-Time Games Qualifiers From the Athletes40:32-46:00 - Athletes’ Opinions on In-Person vs. Online Competitions46:00-48:05 - Brent Fikowski Weighs in on Training Alone48:05-48:52 - Last-Chance Qualifier Details48:52-51:35 - Emma McQuaid’s Points Battle With Jacqueline Dahlstrom at Strength in Depth51:35-51:47 - Outro and Final Thoughts
Ep. 052: Team Eligibility Requirements with Adrian Bozman & Kurtis Bowler
Jun 2 2022
Ep. 052: Team Eligibility Requirements with Adrian Bozman & Kurtis Bowler
“It’s never our preference to tell an individual or a team, ‘You are not able to compete.’ That is not something that we are interested in doing unless it is deemed necessary due to a violation of the rules or the inability to prove that they have met the eligibility requirements. … It is our responsibility to do that to preserve the fairness across the competitive field.” — Adrian BozmanCrossFit Competition Director Adrian Bozman and Athlete Relationship Manager Kurtis Bowler join Chase Ingraham on the podcast to address team eligibility requirements for the 2022 CrossFit Games season. Bozman and Bowler explain the elaborate process of investigating team eligibility accusations, from when an anonymous claim is made to the final decision after a thorough investigation. The trio reviews the requirements athletes need to meet, as outlined in the rulebook, to be eligible to compete on an affiliate team. They also list various forms of acceptable evidence to prove eligibility during an investigation. Bozman and Bowler clarify the decision to disqualify CrossFit Nordic member Viktor Langsved from competition and explain how athletes and teams can best avoid a potential future disqualification from the Games season.Chapters0:00-1:40 - Intro1:40-3:35 - What prompts an investigation?3:35-4:19 - How athletes are contacted.4:19-9:14 - Review of Section 1.14 of the Rulebook – Affiliate Cup Team Eligibility Requirements9:14-16:45 - The investigation process & the “big picture”16:45-26:46 - CrossFit Nordic’s case & how to meet the criteria26:46-27:49 - Clarification of the Rulebook27:49-30:31 - What documentation should teams be prepared to show?30:31-31:35 - Final thoughts from Adrian Bozman31:35-32:09 - Outro“We investigate allegations when we receive them. … We have a responsibility to make sure the competition is fair across the board to the field. So, we take those allegations seriously. … We do investigate them to the best of our abilities.” — Adrian Bozman“We also consider the team circumstance. Sometimes teams have other requirements or commitments via sponsorship, they have to travel away from the team, sometimes team members get sick. There are things that go on within the lifespan of every member of that team that we do try to take into consideration as well so it’s not just a static number, and again, all this is done in an effort to give the benefit of the doubt to the team and that establishes a very low threshold in many cases for teams to meet.” — Adrian Bozman