Jason Phillips has a great story. I promise you will learn more from a good story than cold hard facts.  Stories stick with us for years and have a profound impact on how we think and feel about other situations. Jason was a skinny golfer in high school.  He was actually a very good skinny golfer, but he had no interest in training, nutrition or fitness.  It was not until he got injured that he found the gym.  Soon after that he was asked to be a model for Abercrombie and Fitch.  A dream for any teenager in the 90's. The one thing he needed to do was send in a picture of his abs.  Well, if you do not have abs you figure out how to get them, right? Jason found someone at the gym who set him up for success by guiding him to magazines like muscle and fitness and body building.  Jason ended up being sponsored and featured in some of those same magazines a few years later.  All due to his focus on training and nutrition. During that time he realized the important part of trying to look good, gain muscle and get a six pack is all about nutrition.  He studied nutrition at the University of Florida and has taken his expertise to CrossFit.  He works with games and regional athletes on their nutrition.  Specifically to increase their performance and get them on the podium at the CrossFit Games. Jason is full of energy and knowledge.  He is hustler, who is constantly trying to spread the word about his brand and good nutrition. Check him out at JasonPhilipsNutrition.com Thank you for listening.  If you enjoyed the show please head over to i-tunes and leave us a 5 star review. Check out this episode!
Michael Cazayoux stood on top of the podium at the CrossFit Games with the team "Hacks Pack".  Not once, but twice.  He battled drug addiction and has had a debilitating injury to deal with.  He talks about the early days and how he got into CrossFit and introduced to Tommy Hackenbruck. Mike went on to start Brute Strength an online training community that is dedicated to helping all types of athletes.  From competitive athletes to people who just want a good body. He coaches and works with Brooke Ence and talks about her plan for the up coming season. Overall we talk coaching, training, nutrition and mindset.  Mike is really putting it on himself to learn more about the mind and how to train athletes mentally as well as physically.  He is an excellent coach and we are excited to have him on the show.   If you enjoy the show please head over to i-tunes and leave us a 5 star review. Check out this episode!
Part 2 is more about Sam's experience at the CrossFit Games.  What it took for him to get there and how athletes are preparing.  He entered the games with issues, he knew something was wrong, but he was trying to block it out. Just like part 1, Sam goes deep in this episode.  He talks about his mental game and how difficult it was to actually complete the games this year.  He went in as a top ten athlete, but when you have a fractured fibula things change.  He said it was the hardest thing he ever had to fight through. Below is the summary of Part 1 if you have not listened to that on you have to check it out! I reached out to Sam via a cold email, hoping for the best.  I was surprised with his response, but after a few minutes on the phone it all made sense.  This guy is an all around good dude who loves to share  knowledge and help others. Sam responded to my email telling me that I need to block out a 90 minute window because if he is coming on the podcast he is going to get to know me and give my audience some value.  Needless to say it made for a great show. Sam is known as "The Strong Guy" in CrossFit.  But, he is pretty damn fast!  He competed as an individual in the 2016 games with a broken fibula.  Literally the hardest thing he has ever had to go through.  He runs camps with CrossFit Invictus and CJ Martin as well as his own Strength Camp. Sam is an affiliate owner, a husband and a huge supporter of his community in Quincy, Illinois.  We talk fitness, but we go pretty deep on life and the philosophy of training.  This is one of the most in depth conversations we have had to date.  It is more than back squats and deadlifts.  It is about the mindset of a champion, coming back from injury and not caring what others think. Check out this episode!
I reached out to Sam via a cold email, hoping for the best.  I was surprised with his response, but after a few minutes on the phone it all made sense.  This guy is an all around good dude who loves to share  knowledge and help others. image3Sam responded to my email telling me that I need to block out a 90 minute window because if he is coming on the podcast he is going to get to know me and give my audience some value.  Needless to say it made for a great show. Sam is known as "The Strong Guy" in CrossFit.  But, he is pretty damn fast!  He competed as an individual in the 2016 games with a broken fibula.  Literally the hardest thing he has ever had to go through.  He runs camps with CrossFit Invictus and CJ Martin as well as his own Strength Camp. Sam is an affiliate owner, a husband and a huge supporter of his community in Quincy, Illinois.  We talk fitness, but we go pretty deep on life and the philosophy of training.  This is one of the most in depth conversations we have had to date.  It is more than back squats and deadlifts.  It is about the mindset of a champion, coming back from injury and not caring what others think. Can't thanks Sam enough for being on the show and being so generous with his time. Enjoy Part 1 of this 2 part series. Check out this episode!
Annie Sakamoto is one of the original adopters and all time great CrossFit Athletes.  Great because of her performance and her athletic ability, but also because of her infections personality.  She has been doing CrossFit for over 10 years.  She is from the motherland, Santa Cruz, and had the pleasure of being coached by Greg Glassman. 4th pull(1) She put in a ton of time before she stepped on the competition floor, but now that is her happy place.  She talks about overcoming her fears and finding a good balance between family and CrossFit.  She makes it look easy, but her story is touching. Annie competed in the CrossFit Games in 2011, 2012 and 2016.  In 2011 she won the spirit of the games and in 2016 she was second the 40-44 division.   If you have not seen a video of her working out please go check it out.  She is 5'0 tall and 120lbs. The definition of an underdog. Enjoy this fun and inspiring interview with Annie Sakamoto. Click here to check out this episode!
Welcome to the 4th Pull Podcast.  A show dedicated to bringing on high level athletes and coaches for you to learn from. This week we have CrossFit Games athlete, Jeff Evans on the show.  Jeff is one of 17 brothers and sisters.  He did not have the easiest childhood, but he battled through adversity to become an amazing athlete.  He was a star football player and earned a spot on the team at Southern Illinois University.  Before football and before CrossFit Jeff had some dark times.  Times that lead him to think about suicide.  He opens up about these thoughts on the show. Jeff is known as the strong guy in CrossFit, but he wants to change that.  He has new coach, Dough Chapman.  Doug knows a thing or two about making well rounded athletes.  He has coached Julie Foucher throughout her career and is known as one of the best competitive CrossFit coaches in the game. Jeff missed The CrossFit Games this year by one spot.  You will be surprised at his reaction to what happened.  His mental game is stronger than his physical prowess and Jeff already sounds ready for next year. Click here to check out this episode!
Hannah Richards came to us as a referral.  A former member of CrossFit Federal Hill thought her seminar was so good that she told Hanna to reach out and get in touch with us about doing one in Baltimore. 5WOD-Freak Seminars are a combination of gymnastics and weightlifting.  They are designed to help every type of athlete and come from an experienced competitive exerciser. Hannah is a 2 time regional competitor that has built up her game from the ground up.  She dives into her story in the episode along with a few helpful tips on gymnastics and weightlifting.  Her insight, big heart and capacity to share tips and tricks are a great addition to the 4th pull library!   Click here to check out this episode!
Candice Wagner, a former Marine, affiliate owner and 3 time CrossFit Games Athlete was on a mission to make it back to Carson. She had a few set backs after missing the games in 2013, but was determined to get back.  Candice opens up about the mental struggle she had during the open.  The stress and pressure she was putting on her self affected her fitness and her performance.  One of the hardest things to adapt and overcome is the mental side of this sport.  Candice opens up and puts it all on the table for you to learn from. This year at Reginoals she secured a 5th place finish earning her a trip back to the games.  She is considered an older athlete at 30+, but that experience might give her an edge on the younger competitors at the games. Enjoy a candid, open and honest interview with Candice Wagner. -This Episode is Sponsored by Wags and Weights Click here to Check out this episode!
FB_IMG_1473252430158Episode 38 is a fun one! Filled with travel tips and a super cool mission that Phil has embarked on.  He does not get paid or endorsed for anything he puts out, but he tries to make the most of his travel experiences by sharing it through his social media accounts and website. Do not let Phil's modesty fool you.  He is a talented dude with a ton to offer.  His focus is on food and fitness for people on the go.  The common question of how to do you stay healthy on the road is what he has set out to answer. If you are looking for inspiration during a busy time in your life then this is your episode.  If you are looking for healthy ideas on the go then Phil is your man.  Check out this fun and informative episode! Click here to Check out this episode!