Road to the Games: Josh Everett

July 2, 2009 3:00 PM

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Third place in 2007. Second place in 2008. Josh Everett is definitely a fan favorite this year. The UCR Strength and Conditioning Coach has ratcheted up his training this year, and taken on many of the workouts he did last year. He has noticed that he has significantly improved his times.

In this video, Josh discusses a little more of his training and if he is better this year.

Josh Everett - Better this Year? ... [wmv] [mov]

22 comments on this entry.

1. Aimee wrote...

July 2, 2009 5:07 PM

2. gus_smith wrote...

July 2, 2009 5:08 PM

Josh Everett is the definition of an absolute beast!!!

3. George wrote...

July 2, 2009 5:37 PM

Did last years winner piss someone off or something? There has been a "Road to the Games" profile on just about everyone except him? As the current "fittest person on the planet", I would expect to see a little more about him.

4. gaucoin wrote...

July 2, 2009 5:40 PM

I heard that every WOD at this years Games starts with a 10K run so, sorry Josh, yer screwed!

Just kidding, of course!!!

5. Kim Malz wrote...

July 2, 2009 7:32 PM

Josh Everett= calm, driven, dedicated, non pretentious. I love that in videos of him that his wife is so supportive!

6. silverback wrote...

July 2, 2009 7:55 PM

I too am curious as to why some other top athletes are not getting any coverage. While Josh Everett, Chris Spealler, and Ricki Frausto are all awesome athletes with great attitudes and it's interesting to get insight to their thoughts and training, it is peculiar. I'm sure there are reasons but hey...inquiring minds want to know! Best of luck Josh.

7. Mary wrote...

July 2, 2009 8:13 PM

Posting videos of Josh doesn't bother ME! I can't seem to get enough of Josh Everett, but I guess that's why I married him. ;)

Kim, thanks for the nice compliment.

8. Kris Kepler wrote...

July 2, 2009 8:25 PM

By all means Josh Everett is a Beast, and possibly my favorite crossfit competitor other then my wife and bro-n-law..... but it does make you wonder why their isn't more coverage on some of the other TOP competitors.

9. Shane M. wrote...

July 2, 2009 9:12 PM

Having placed 3rd and 2nd in the past 2 games... he rightfully deserves a lot of attention.

I think most people would agree that consistently placing top 5 is much more impressive than getting 1st one year and 17th the next.

I just hope they make it less strength biased compared to last year to test the athletes in more ways.

10. brian wrote...

July 2, 2009 10:46 PM

i kinda hope someone totally off the wall takes it. Somebody noone's heard of. Just shock the world. best of luck to josh though. so cal represent!

11. grambo wrote...

July 2, 2009 11:16 PM

What I find interesting is that he doesn't really train CF, he mostly does weightlifting and sprinting workouts. I think as long as he doesn't come up against a weakness like distance running or a skill based movement he doesn't practice he will dominate again. Dude rules.

12. silverback replied to comment from Shane M....

July 3, 2009 4:25 AM

"I think most people would agree that consistently placing top 5 is much more impressive than getting 1st one year and 17th the next."
-Shane, there's only been 2 seasons. Hard to make this kind of analysis? Strength biased? 275 DL....moderate weight for a games competitor and mixed with burpees? 155 CJ for 30 reps? I think they were tested in many other ways besides strength. My thoughts anyway. Thanks

July 3, 2009 7:58 AM

George and silverback,
No story, no drama on the uneven coverage. Just the limited resources of a growing organization. Khalipa and Jolie got good coverage last fall. Except for getting to be on the cover of Every Second Counts, Barber is probably the most neglected of the top 5 athletes of both genders. No reason.

I don't wish for any particular result, but I can say that every year, the format of the competition is very different. We aren't going to have someone win that no one has heard of because everyone who is competing has been profiled on the site. The favorites are the favorites for a reason, but the qualifiers proved that past performance is not always predictive of future performance.

14. Shane M. replied to comment from silverback...

July 3, 2009 9:33 AM

I'm not saying those are really heavy weights but they are fairly heavy and the stronger athletes have a huge advantage. For example. If someone is really fast, they only made up maybe 20s or something on the run, but if someone is really strong like Jason, you can make up minutes on the 30C&J. yes?

15. jake replied to comment from Shane M....

July 3, 2009 12:27 PM

shane, i think HQ did a great job with last years wods. there was a girl wod, fran, in which all competitors are mostly good. there was a hill run which favored the smaller, speedier guys. the deadlife/burpee was great b/c it mixed the strength for the stronger guys with the agility and speed of the burpees to favor the smaller guys. i think everyone had a fair shot at the title and i dont think that the weights they chose were too heavy.

keep in mind, like tony budding said, that this is a growing organization. eventually CF will have to go to weight classes because the number of competitors will be too great. then that will end all of the discussion about who is getting "favored".

16. fade to black wrote...

July 4, 2009 10:03 AM

Weight classes? Life does not have weight classes nor does it take into consideration. Why not water it down even more with age groups? I thought crossfit was about you either can or cannot. Do we really want to hear, "Yeah he's the "fittest" person in the world in the 185lb male 30-35 age range." Hopefully they forget weight classes.

17. grambo wrote...

July 4, 2009 1:05 PM

He said his workout schedule is something like 3 days of weightlifting and 2-3 days of sprinting workouts. How is that CrossFit? His weightlifting programming is typical O-lifting stuff, and his sprinting is reps with full recovery. It's completely different.

18. Shane S replied to comment from grambo...

July 4, 2009 8:03 PM

Just because Josh doesn't do mainpage every day doesn't mean it's not CF. Look at "world class fitness in 100 words." That's what Josh does.

19. grambo replied to comment from Shane S ...

July 4, 2009 11:36 PM

Sorry but I respectfully still disagree. Doing traditional olympic style weightlifting workout programming and traditional sprinting programming does not mean CrossFit (in my humble opinion). CF to me has to incorporate the typical movements and skills you see in CF on a regular basis. Otherwise you could call any track training, intervals, supersets etc. CF which I think is misleading. CF is more specific than that.

20. Kieran wrote...

July 5, 2009 4:42 AM

I think that it would be interesting to see if there would be traction for a "masters Crossfit" championship (say 40+) somewhere like Australia, South Africa or Europe.

Of the qualifiers for the "real games", only Jeff Tincher, Danie Du Preez and Andy Petranek qualify for both. If people entered/travelled/competed/spectated, that would prove there was a future to age classes.

July 5, 2009 9:41 AM

fade to black,

I agree with you that life (or a specific task within it) doesn't care if you are 25 or 55 years old, weigh 150 or 250 lbs.

I'd also point out, though, that life also could care less whether you are male or female.

If you have a couch to move, the couch does not magically scale itself to being 70% of its original weight to accommodate the mover being female. Yet we (CrossFit) and most other sports have decided that gender does matter and arrange our competitions accordingly. Yes, we all know (or should) that there is as much within-group as between-group variability: there are strong, fit, capable women who are stronger than many men in our affiliates and in the world.

How do you (and others) feel about this? How is having men/women's only heats different than having age or weight classes?

P.S.: To anyone wondering, I am a female athlete.

22. Kieran wrote...

July 5, 2009 12:46 PM

Anonymous (female athlete),

It's a good point. However, I don't think that any of the women would even qualify for the men's games.

In reality, it comes down to box-office. There is a genuine interest in who is the fittest female crossfitter. There might be such an interest in the fittest over-45 crossfitters or fittest 250lb + crossfitters. We'll find out when someone steps up to the plate and organises it.

I look at the Games in Aromas, and the list of kit and think "What is it costing to put that on?"

Has anyone published budgets from the regional games?