Ep 65 – Rory McKernan: CrossFit Games Update Show Host

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When you and I were doing the Update Show for example [in 2011], was a year after I had testicular cancer, a major surgery, and a child. And that’s just my personal life. But the CrossFit growth was going so fast. At that point it was myself, Tony Budding and then we added maybe three more full-time people. Like Heber [Cannon] had moved here by then for video stuff, Leif Edmundson was running publishing, and Tyson Oldroyd was in the house, but that was still a small amount of people for the magnitude of what we were doing. So we were consistently seven days a week for 14 hour days. And it was all a labor of love.” – Rory McKernan on the evolution of CrossFit Media

Rory McKernan is a well-known face of the Reebok CrossFit Games as the host of the Update Show as well as one-half of the infamous Ro vs. Boz CrossFit Games Open rivalry. We sat down to discuss his background and how he discovered CrossFit, how he became involved with CrossFit Headquarters as a member of the seminar staff and media department, and how CrossFit Media has evolved from its early videos to producing live coverage and top-rated documentaries of the Games each year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Rory’s childhood, growing up in Texas surrounded by football and playing many sports
  • Rory’s college experience at University of Southern California studying political science
  • His post college life skiing and fishing working in Wyoming, Alaska, and Europe
  • How Rory found CrossFit through his passion for training and working at a gym
  • How Rory found himself working for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s passion for CrossFit training and his experience teaching on the Level 1 Seminar Staff
  • How his roles with CrossFit have evolved
  • The Ro versus Boz rivalry; what it represents and how it has grown
  • What it’s like to work at CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s battle with testicular cancer and a congenital lung condition
  • Rory’s perspective on life balance and how it has evolved throughout his career
  • His day-to-day routine and his family
  • Potential future directions for CrossFit Media
  • Rory’s advice for newcomers to CrossFit
  • His thoughts on the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Three things Rory does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Rory’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Rory on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the Early Days and Preserving the Culture of CrossFit

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

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Question: If you watched the 2017 CrossFit Games, what was your favorite moment? What would you love to see more coverage of in the future? Let me know in the comments below.