I met Rob MacDonald (Bobby Maximus) in 2011 as he programmed for our team the first year I went to the Crossfit Games. He also trained two individuals that year, Tommy Hackenbruck and Taylor Richards-Lindsey. We were a hard working group if nothing else. However, when Rob would show up to train us on occasion, I remember thinking that every workout was the hardest one I'd ever done. He communicates with athletes in a way that pushes them to their limits, and he is good at finding each person's buttons.
Before accepting a job at Gym Jones, he fought in the UFC in the Light Heavyweight Division. At Gym Jones he is the general manager, and it is there that he has worked with NFL players, professional climbers and skiers, and many more. Physically, this guy is an absolute freak. He can bench 315 for a set of 20, back squats close to 500, and his strength isn't even his strong suit.
His strong suit is his engine. He has done some ridiculous things on an airdyne. He has biked for 88 calories in 1 minute, and 900 in 30 minutes!!!!! If a guy can get 300 in 10 minutes, he is considered to be in great great shape. To do that 3x in a row is unbelievable.
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This week Drew Canavero and I interview Jim McDonald, the creator and producer of SuperTraining TV and Mark Bell’s PowerCast. Jim has been the man behind the scenes of one of the nations most famous gyms for a while now. We talk about the evolution of the fitness industry and specifically how his gym feels about Crossfit athletes.
He tells us a few stories from the past, and of course we discuss the prevalence of homosexuality in powerlifting.
This week’s interview is my most technical yet, but for good reason. Dave Bradley, owner of i99fit has worked with elite level gymnasts for years. He answers some of the most frequently asked questions amongst Crossfit athletes. “How do I get better at muscle ups?” “How do I learn to walk on my hands?” “I know lots of drills, but I don’t know what order to do them in…”
He goes over progressions for the two sexiest movements in Crossfit: The Muscle Up and the Handstand Pushup. He goes over detailed descriptions of form, drills, and progressions.
Dave is a true coach. He is passionate about teaching and is a phenomenal motivator. He shares with me what he thinks are the most important traits of a good coach and how to become better.
This week's interview is with Bruce Pitcher. Obviously watching any of the weight loss shows such as “Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Weight Loss” are impressive and inspiring. I had honestly never paid much attention to the people’s actual stories. I had a naïve, almost mean view of people that were extremely overweight. I thought they were just lazy, weak people that chose not to put the fork down. Then I watched Bruce Pitcher’s episode of Extreme Weight Loss, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Bruce’s story is one of pain and destruction, abandonment, shame, and anger. Eating was a coping mechanism. What Bruce overcame was way more than losing 200lbs in a year. He conquered his demons. I hope every one of you can gain some perspective and inspiration from this show. Enjoy.
Tommy Hackenbruck has been one of my best friends and mentors over the last several years and it is only fitting that our very first podcast be with the biggest BRUTE in the game. We have won the Crossfit Games together twice. We have done Sealfit together. We have gone through a lot.The most impressive thing about Tommy is his mental game. The best example I can give of how tough this dude is is my experience with him at Sealfit. There are future Navy Seals in every Kokoro camp class. There were nearly 10 Games athletes. He blew everyone out of the water. Was he in pain? Yes. Did he show it? Not in the least.I finally got to sit down on camera with him and ask him exactly what led to his mental toughness. We talked about steroid use in Crossfit and his experience at the Games as an individual vs. a team.- Mike Cazayoux