The CrossFit Podcast
Summary: The official podcast of CrossFit INC. Exploring all things fitness from training and nutrition, to affiliates and communities and the battle against chronic disease.
Ever wonder how Rory McKernan started CrossFit? Learn more about how he went from brawling in Mexico, fishing for trout in Alaska and training athletes in San Diego to finally becoming a broadcaster for CrossFit HQ moving into a trailer.
CrossFit Inc. Founder Greg Glassman sits down and discusses the problem of chronic disease and how CrossFit can combat it. Show Notes And Additional Reading Articles • "The Atlantic: How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts" Videos • "Greg Glassman: The World’s Most Vexing Problem" • "This Is Your Lifeboat" • "Dr. Gary Fettke: The Role of Nutrition in Everything" • "Dr. Lustig: Type 2 Diabetes Is 'Processed Food Disease'" • "I Am Ivan" Books • "Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports" by Dr. Timothy Noakes • "Enter the Zone" by Dr. Barry Sears • "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution" by Robert C. Atkins • "Wheat Belly" by William Davis • "Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" by Thomas Seyfried • "Protein Power" by Michael and Mary Eades • "The Schwarzbein Principle" by Diana Schwarzbein and Nancy Deville • "The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program" by Dr. Rachael F. Heller and Richard F. Heller • "The Fat Switch" by Richard J. Johnson • "Sugar Blues" by William Dufty • "Tripping Over the Truth" by Travis Christofferson Additional reading: • "CFJ: Issue 21" by Greg Glassman • "Fitness, Luck and Health" by Greg Glassman
Shortly after the CrossFit Games crowned the Fittest on Earth in Madison, Wisconsin, CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman says CrossFit’s true purpose is curing chronic disease. Speaking with Executive Director of Media Sevan Matossian, Glassman explains that his original prescription was designed to challenge the best athletes on the planet, and then he backfilled the program for grandmas, so to speak. While the spotlight is often on the elite, Glassman knows his program can also help millions of people who are sick and overweight. “The best work of the affiliates is the reversal and prevention of chronic disease, not sending athletes to the Games,” Glassman explains. Glassman says that the CrossFit community has already attracted all the fit people and athletes, and the new market is the unfit, the broken and the sick—people who are literally dying for help. “If you only work with healthy people, that’s only 30 percent of the population. … Seventy percent are going to die from chronic disease. I’d like to have that market,” he says. To that end, Glassman is reorienting his staff to understand that CrossFit Inc. is in the business of curing chronic disease. “We need to make it clear—starting with us, then going to the affiliates, and then going to the 175,000 trainers, and then to all of their clients, everyone that CrossFits in the land, and then finally to the general public that isn’t CrossFitting—that we sit in unique possession of a solution so elegant to chronic disease that it may be optimal. The only thing missing is our awareness.” Chronic diseases are ravaging the world, and yet the conditions are curable. These self-inflicted diseases are caused by excessive consumption of carbohydrates and sedentarism. Luckily, they can be cured with two complementary steps: “The solution is get off the couch, get off the carbs.” CrossFit affiliates are uniquely positioned to lead a health revolution through diet and exercise, and Glassman says it’s as simple as approaching people and telling them the truth: “You’re fat. You’re going to die. I can help you.” Overall, Glassman has recognized that while his program produces people like Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, its most important application is with people who are sick and dying. “We’re part of the disease economy, but we’re just the guys who make people well.”
CrossFit Radio gets a reboot in its inaugural episode in which you’ll hear the story of Milton Anthony–a blind, nearly-deaf, triple amputee who does CrossFit in Huntsville, Alabama. Anthony talks about the challenges and benefits of training in a CrossFit gym—and he isn’t afraid to open up about his past. His story is raw and gritty, and involves enough violent crime to qualify for a Quentin Tarantino film. Written and Directed by Russell Berger.
On Episode 384 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed regional champions Emily Abbott and Brooke Wells. This episode was webcast on June 4, 2015. 1:24 Last year, Abbott finished first at the Canada West Regional but said she wasn’t prepared for the CrossFit Games. In 2015, she’s confident she can better her 35th-place finish in Carson, California. The athlete from Alberta talked about the last year of training, touching on volume, intensity and how she makes sure her training doesn’t detract from the regular classes at CrossFit Currie Barracks. 11:05 At 19 years of age, Wells is the Central Regional champion—though she said she didn’t realize winning was actually a possibility until the second day of competition. Wells talked about her fitness background and how she was able to find such impressive success at such a young age, and she explained how she was inspired to see training partner Julie Foucher courageously continuing to compete after an injury. With the CrossFit Games about six weeks away, Wells explained how she’ll prepare so she can live up to her potential.