Ep 119 – Josh Bridges on Recovering from Knee Surgery and Paying the Man

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“I remember asking my Chief, I was like, ‘Hey, I think I want to try to go do this CrossFit Games thing, and I’m not going to have to miss a lot of training, are you good with it?’  And he looked at me, and he’s like- and he didn’t really know a lot about CrossFit- but he goes- he knew a little bit- and he goes, ‘Well, what’s your Fran time?’  And I was like, ‘It’s 2:02.’  And he goes, ‘Okay, you can give it a shot.’  And so, I only had to miss a little bit of work for that.  But looking back on 2011, that was the craziest year because we were in the middle of a workup, and a workup is not easy.  We’re out in the desert doing up-down drills at 130 degrees for 12 hours a day, just non-stop.  And so, you’d get these little breaks in between your sessions of workouts with the military and everyone goes and takes a nap or eats food and I literally would go in the gym and workout.  I look back, and I’m like, ‘How the hell did I do that?’” – Josh Bridges

Josh Bridges is a 6-time CrossFit Games competitor who has been doing CrossFit since 2005.  In addition to three first place finishes at the highly competitive California Regional, his top finishes at the CrossFit Games include second in 2011 and fourth in 2014.

A former collegiate wrestler and U.S. Navy Seal, Josh has used the lessons he’s learned along the way to cultivate his impressive work ethic and mental toughness.  He is known and loved for his fiery presence on the competition floor, and for his mantra, “Pay the Man.”

I had the opportunity to sit down with Josh in front of a live audience at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.  We chatted about the tools he’s using to speed his recovery from a recent knee surgery, his background as a Navy SEAL, what it means to ‘Pay the Man,’ and his plans for returning to competition.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The lessons Josh has learned from having to step back from intense training during his 2019 season in order to heal his knee injury
  • The recovery methods he’s using to speed and assist his return to training
  • The origin and meaning of “Pay the Man”
  • How Josh’s time as a high school and collegiate wrestler shaped who he is today
  • The process behind becoming a SEAL, and the qualities that allowed him to be successful
  • The mindset Josh uses to get through tough moments
  • What led to Josh’s decision to train for the CrossFit Games
  • The factors that influenced his decision to retire from the military
  • Josh’s thoughts on the format of the new CrossFit Games season, and how that has shaped his approach to 2020
  • His current goals and priorities, and whether we will see him as a Master’s competitor in the future
  • Three things Josh 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 his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Josh

Josh also answered some great questions from the audience, including:

  • Lessons he is trying to teach his sons
  • His favorite recovery tools
  • His take on Murph and the significance behind it
  • Josh’s competition goals
  • How he got into the coffee business
  • How Josh maintains his joy for fitness
  • His recommendations for athletes who are looking to take their training to the next level
  • Josh’s favorite music for working out
  • Exercise for older athletes: his thoughts on whether there a time when CrossFit no longer appropriate
  • Where he sees the sport of CrossFit progressing in the future
  • How to buy Josh’s coffee

You can follow Josh on his website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


Ep 118 – The State of CrossFit with Coach Greg Glassman

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“There was an orchestrated mass media campaign by our critics to portray us as dangerous- by the opposition. And that’s all waning now, because of the changes in the website. So, we were actually able to alter the world’s view of things. And you know the living room set? There are people that thought that I was trying to reach out to people in their living rooms, which is really funny. I’m not. I’m not at all. No one that looks like Bob on that couch is going to stumble on crossfit.com and start doing this stuff. It’s not like that. But we all know someone that looks like that, you know? That looks like my grandma’s living room, or my aunt’s living room. And we know people that are sedentary, and we know people that are eating too much carbohydrate and we know that they’re sitting there watching TV and we know that they’re older. And yet, the CrossFit stimulus has more to offer them than it does you in terms of the change in lifestyle. And so, I said to Sevan, I said, “Let’s bring those people into the gym. Let’s reach out into the community at large and let’s bring the, what I’m calling the underserved.” These are the people that no gym wants them walking in. I promise you at 24 Hour-Nautilus or LA Fitness, when you come in with a walker, no one’s getting all excited, “Look, this is gonna be great.” But I did. I would. We can. Our affiliates will.” – Coach Greg Glassman

As the founder of a program that has revolutionized fitness, Greg Glassman is no stranger to controversy. Known to many as simply “Coach,” he grew up in southern California participating in gymnastics and complemented his training with modalities including weightlifting and cycling.

When he later became a trainer, he was kicked out of several globo gyms for employing his unique style of constantly varied, high intensity functional movement before he finally opened the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA in 1995. Shortly thereafter, CrossFit.com was created and Greg would post Workouts of the Day, or “WODs” for athletes from all over the world to complete.

Beginning in 2003, CrossFit affiliates began to open and CrossFit experienced exponential growth — today there are over 15,000 affiliates worldwide. During this period, we witnessed the rise of the CrossFit Games, the ultimate proving grounds for fitness which crowns the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth each year.  Most recently, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in the qualification process for the Games and major changes at CrossFit HQ.

We’ve also witnessed incredible stories of transformation in the affiliates, with participants losing weight, gaining confidence, and ridding themselves of chronic disease. With the inception of CrossFit Health, CrossFit has turned it’s focus towards fighting ever-increasing disease rates and medical costs while also networking CrossFit physicians and educating affiliate owners, coaches, and the general public in an effort to combat corrupted medical science and a tsunami of chronic disease.

For his third visit to the podcast, Greg and I sat down just before the 2019 CrossFit Health conference and CrossFit Games in Madison, WI.  We discussed the evolution of CrossFit and CrossFit Health, the implications of scientific misconduct in the medical field, and what he sees for the future of CrossFit.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The evolution of CrossFit Health since the first MDL1 in February 2018
  • The changes that have taken place in CrossFit as a whole over the past year
  • The corruption in the health science research
  • How Greg has developed relationships with key physicians and scientists around the world
  • The key people with whom Greg is working with at CFHQ, and how his team makes decisions
  • Whether he foresees any changes for the next CrossFit Games
  • The direction CrossFit is headed and how CrossFit is uniquely qualified to fight chronic disease
  • Greg’s decision to remove CrossFit from social media
  • His message to affiliate owners who felt caught off guard by changes within the organization
  • His goal for the upcoming 10-year affiliate gathering
  • Greg’s advice to an affiliate owner who is looking to grow their business and serve CrossFit’s mission as a whole
  • The story behind the infamous couch set
  • What CrossFit HQ is learning from working with senior and overweight populations, and how Greg plans to share that knowledge with affiliates
  • What he’s most excited to work on these days
  • The new seminar he’s developing on modern science and the scientific method

To learn more about the CrossFit Health movement, follow along with the daily articles posted at crossfit.com. If you are a CrossFit Physician (MD or DO), email info@crossfithealth.com to find out more about future MDL1 seminars and other events.

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Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and quality of life and longevity
Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”
Ep 69- From “Obese to Beast” with John Glaude
Ep 71 – The Sugar Free Revolution with Karen Thomson
Ep 80 – Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease
Ep 93 – Debunking Nutrition Myths with Gary Taubes
Ep 114 – Practicing CrossFit for Health with Dr. Maude Dull

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.