If you can get pass the less than optimal audio then listen in for some real inspiration from True Grit.
Semifinals, Underdogs, and Dave Castro’s tricky tricks-Episode 227
Ben and Blair cover the semifinals of the NOBULL CrossFit Games.
Semifinals Part 1 of 3
Semifinals part 1 of 3.
Catching Up after the Open and Quarterfinals-225
Fraser Exits! NOBULL Enters!
Ben and Blair discuss the retirement of the most dominant figure in our sport and the new sponsorship between CrossFit and NOBULL.
Episode 223 Beyond the Barbell is Back/2021 CrossFit Open
Ben and Blair are back with a new episode and talking about the new ever-changing system that is being rolled out this year for the CrossFit Open.
Look for new content weekly in 2021!
Physical and Spiritual Health with Banning Liebsher; founder of Jesus Culture-Ep 222
Ben and Blair have a conversation with author and leader Banning Liebscher. Banning is the founder of all things Jesus Culture. Together they uncover leadership principles and discus spiritual and physical health.
Why you need to double down on your fitness-Episode 221
Ben and Blair are back in studio talking about an upcoming project; the Nor Cal Classic. They open with some fresh thoughts on COVID and how you should handle it.
Athlete’s Advantage in Business with Best Selling Author Rene Jacques
Ben and Blair are back to their regularly scheduled podcasts with an exciting new guest; Rene Jacques the Author of The Athlete’s Advantage in Business.
Government Shutdowns and the effect on gyms and small business
Ep. 216-The 100 Mile Assault Bike
100 Miles on an Assault Bike? Why would anybody???
Episode 215-The Aromas Games
Ben and Blair pick up right where they left off before the pandemic, talking fitness and the outlook of the sport CrossFit. In just a few days the Games kicks off in Aromas in a format never before used. Although its a fresh look, fans are expecting more of the same fireworks that have become synonymous with the CrossFit Games.
With limited information Ben and Blair try to see who might disrupt what some might see as a predictable 1 and 2 spot on the podiums.
Listeners you have three accounts to follow:
@blairmorrison, @btbpodcast and @ironmile_ben
Staying in Your Lane-Episode 214
Here Ben and Blair talk about the importance of staying in your lane ie Doing what your supposed to.
The Duplicity of Former CEO and Founder of CrossFit Greg Glassman
The man who gave us the most inclusive training methodology and inclusive fitness program has not been able to mirror that spirit at his, now former, company CrossFit Inc. Ben and Blair have their thoughts. Listen in and tell us what you think.
Dave Is the New Greg-Episode 213
Ben and Blair discuss the first major move in repairing CrossFit Inc. public image. It’s not a surprise but it looks like Greg is out and Dave Castro is in. Listen in and give us your thoughts.
Direct questions to our personal IG accounts:
Greg Glassman vs the CrossFit Community-Episode 212
Is it time for a change of leadership or something stronger at CrossFit Inc.? It is clear to both Ben and Blair that major changes need to happen or the bad may burn the good to ash with along it…
PPE’s, SIP’s, COVID-19’s and the MOVE FORWARD!
Ben and Blair sit down and talk about the current economic and cultural climate from their perspective. Both men are entrepreneurs, fathers, and athletes who are offering insight on how they are dealing with COVID-19 in their own lives and maybe a way to help you deal with it in your own life.
The first episode is from this week. After the credits roll, an unreleased podcast from when all this craziness first started. The juxtaposition is insightful and helpful as we get to see the arc on which thought unfolds with new evidence and experience.
Understanding CBD and why everyone is talking about it-Episode 210
Farris Galyon, Founder of NeuAxiom, made it in for a live podacst with Ben and Blair where he answered all their questions about CBD. Listen in to this one to learn why you should be considering CBD in your daily life.
The one with Logan Vanderpool, the MC. Episode 209
Ben and Blair take a day trip to Santa Cruz California. There, they run into Logan Vanderpool and chat with her about the life of an MC. Logan has MC’d events like the CrossFit Games, sanctional events and even the Northern California Classic.
Why we fail and how we can succeed-Episode 208
Ben and Blair wrap the year by talking about the year to come.
Organic Food, Better Produce and How Local Grocer 515 is Doing It All Different
Great episode with local produce manager for 515 Market in Sacramento. Ben and Blair sit with Andy and talk the ins and outs of food, how its sourced and ends up on your shelf.
To the Games and Back Again… The Tale of Khan and Harriet-Episode 206
Khan Porter has become a household name among CrossFit fans. He has been to the Games 4 times as an individual and once on a team. Joining him on this podcast is one of his teammates from last year, relative newcomer; Harriet Roberts. Harriet is now joining Porter as an individual Games Athlete as both of them won their spot while competing in China this past weekend.
50% off and by 1 get 1 today only… Episode 205
Ben and Blair sit down just before Thanksgiving and Black Friday
Fitness Without Limits, 20.5, RIP Kettlebell Kitchen- Episode 204
Ben and Blair recap CrossFit as a methodology, discuss 20.5 including Blair’s strategy guide, and of course, they have to talk about the elephant in the room; Kettlebell Kitchen has closed.
Ask Blair-Should Athletes Be Willing To Risk It All?
Blair talks James Newbury injury and how athletes COULD think about risk.
20.3-Its like HUMPDAY but for the OPEN Episode 202
Ben and Blair feel the need to talk about the Open; its issues, benefits, and what to expect moving forward.
The New CrossFit Open and what it means to you… Episode 201
Ben and Blair have something on their mind. They need to let you know how they feel about the October move for the Open and what they think it means for you.
Episode 200 Special Ops Survivors and thoughts on the Spartan World Championship
Ben and Blair were up in Squaw Valley California for the Spartan World Championships. Colonel Tim and Special Ops Survivor spokesman Neal Keohane are our guest on this amazing episode.
How to Re-invent Yourself with Keith Jardine; Actor and Martial Artist
Ben and Blair sit down with the Dean of Mean himself, Keith Jardine for a conversation that packs a big punch.
The New Normal and How to THINK about Fitness as you Age-Episode 198
Ben and Blair use their experience to help you think about fitness, especially in regards to the idea of getting back what you had when you were younger.
Our thoughts on Alec Smith and Jeff Cain-Episode 197
Ben and Blair jump into deep water and hope they can swim as they share their thoughts on the departure of CrossFit CEO Jeff Cain and the Alec Smith Coming Out Video.
Luke Parker; Bachelorette Season 15 and Aspiring CrossFit Competitor
Blair and Ben had a great time catching up with Luke Parker at the CrossFit Games. You may know him from season 15 of the Bachelorette. He also is a regular at Training Think Tank where he trains with some of the sports best athletes. Luke has thrown down with Noah Ohlsen, Travis Mayer, and Will Moorad to name a few.
The CrossFit Games-Thumbs Up or Down- Episode 195
Ben and Blair have been onsite at the CrossFit Games for nearly a decade. Hear their take on whether or not the new format worked or was a bust.
Brought to you by Kettlebell Kitchen and The Northern California Classic.
The Games Day 1 Recap-Episode 194
Ben and Blair are in Madison for the CrossFit Games. They saw all the madness unfold firsthand. Listen to this to hear from their perspective what happened and who came out on top.
CrossFit Games Wildcard-Episode 193
Ben and Blair discuss the “Wildcard” spots for the CrossFit Games
Tasia Percevecz (Spelled how it sounds) Episode 192
In an impromtu podcast, while Ben was in Nashville for a Faith RXD seminar, Tasia Percevecz talks about the move to CrossFit Mayhem, training with Rich Froning, and Chyna Cho as the new girl to the team.
Why Matt Vincent hates himself and so much more… Episode 191
Matt Vincent, two-time Highland Games Champion and UMSO Podcast host, was in Sacramento and stopped by Beyond the Barbell Studios to chat with Ben. If you ever wondered what happens when two podcast hosts collide, now you have the answer; MAGIC.
Founder of Opex and 2007 CrossFit Games Champion James Fitzgerald
On this episode of BTB, Ben caught up with James Fitzgerald. James is the founder of OPEX and the inaugural CrossFit Games Champion.
This episode is brought to you by FitAID Zero.
Collen Fotsch is going to the CrossFit Games-Episode 189
Hardly a rookie to the sport, Colleen Fotsch has just punched her ticket to the Games as an individual for the first time. A chance meeting while host Ben Alderman was on family vacation led to this impromptu, yet insightful look, into this CrossFit Games Athlete.
Listen as Ben and Colleen talk, and laugh, their way to explanations on how she got her coach Sam Smith, going to school, and her approach to life and fitness.
Also, at the start of this episode hear what Ben thinks of FitAid Zero, the new drink from LifeAid.
Use Promo Code: “BEYOND” for $20 off 48 cans at www.lifeaidbevco.com
Michelle Letendre-Deka Comp Head Coach and Games Athlete Episode 188
Michelle was in Miami at WZA on assignment; coaching her athletes. She is a games vet with a ton to say. Listen as Ben and Blair talk with her about programming, coaching, and life.
Business Man and CrossFit Games Athlete Adrian Conway-Ep 187
One of Ben and Blairs final releases from Wodapolooza in Miami is a great one! Adrian Conway talks about everything that you’d want to know about when it comes to FNX, competing and shares a personal mantra.
Northern California Classic Bonus Episode!
All the info you want on the Northern California Classic and the online qualifiers.
Plus+ all the major sponsors of the event and details you won’t want to miss.
Catching up with Kari Pearce in Miami-Ep 186
Kari Pearce has been a consistent face at the CrossFit Games in recent years. In the midst of three days of competition she sat down with us at the Kettlebell Kitchen booth at Wodapalooza and talked to us about her competition life.
Dr. Thomas Cowan MD… You might not be ready for Episode 185
Dr. Thomas Cowan is not what most would call a conventional Doctor. He has derived different views from mainstream medicine on the topic of disease, autoimmunity and childhood illnesses. Some may dismiss his ideas but after listening to him you will be compelled to think twice about what you’ve heard from most doctors.
CrossFit Games Athlete Christian Lucero-Episode 184
Last year Ben and Blair had the pleasure of having Jessica Lucero on the podcast in Miami. This year they got to catch up with Jessica’s husband, Christian. Christian is an absolutely dominant force in the CrossFit space. He has the athleticism, strength, conditioning and mindset to compete at the highest level in the sport. Hear directly from him about his future in the sport and what he is up to now…
TIA WRIGHT-Episode 182
Tia Wright is a CrossFit Athlete and Coach. She has been to Regionals(RIP) 7x and has just relocated to the Land Down Under. She opens up about training, her personal beliefs, and her new focus.
Recorded live at Wodapolooza in MIAMI FLORIDA
What Comes Next? Episode 181
First up Blair and Ben talk about their food choices and Blair is not human. Having Pizza once every 3 weeks is far to rare.
Next 19.1 and lowered participation
Lastly, they have big news for the Nor Cal CrossFit community.
Fitness Broadcasters Bill Grundler and Chase Ingraham
Two voices have become synonymous with the CrossFit live stream and those voices belong to Bill Grundler and Chase Ingraham. Bill and Chase made time to catch up with Blair and Ben at Wodapalooza in Miami. They talked about the future of the Games and their outlook on whats next. The audio gets a little segmented due to audio issues that you run into when you record live.
Jen Widerstrom Tell Us What You Really Think… Ep 180
Ben and Blair sit down with Jen Widerstrom while in Miami. For those of you who still don’t know, Jen is the founder of widerstrong.com, was a coach on the Biggest Loser, trains CrossFit, is the Fitness Director of Shape Magazine.
Believe it or not, those are not the most interesting aspects of Jen Widerstrom. Listen to this amazing conversation in bite sized pieces or all at once. You’re going to love it.
In Miami with Adee Cazayoux: Founder of Working Against Gravity Ep. 178
Wodapalooza 2019 brought a number of great interviews. Founder of WAG; Adee took time away from her clients and athletes to find a quiet-ish spot and chat with us about how and why this near-kindergarten-teacher started one of the biggest online nutrition businesses in the sport.
Dissecting Dubai-Episode 177
Ben and Blair talk about what’s what in Dubai. They go over the multiple swimming events, unique venue, lack of crowd and once again; the dominance of Mat Fraser.
Ep 176-Ben and Blair talking about fitness
175-UFC Veteran Danny “Last Call” Castillo
Blair and Ben sit down with UFC Veteran Danny Castillo at his home gym in Sacramento California. He tells us how to win a bar fight and how he found success in the fight world.
174-How Competition Affects Everything
Ben and Blair talk about how competition brings out the best AND the worst in us.
#173-Shrugged Collective’s Anders Varner: When Podcasts collide
Anders Varner, of the Shrugged Collective, and our very own Blair Morrison get caught up in a candid conversation that you don’t want to miss. Recorded Live at the 2018 CrossFit Games!
The Refocusing of CrossFit and What It Looks Like Now-Episode 177
We know that CrossFit has been busy. The new Games format sent many into a tailspin a few months ago. Aside from that we are hearing that it will be a more affiliate focused CFHQ. What have we seen so far, what questions have yet to be answered, and where does it look like we are heading.
Episode 166-Mother and Son at the CrossFit Games: Jessica and Cole Martinez
Blair sits down with Jessica and Cole Martinez at the CrossFit Games. This Mother and son duo were each competing in their respective divisions; Jessica in Masters and Cole in the teen. Genetics maybe?
Lifestyle. Food. Performance. Kettlebell Kitchen…
While Ben was off competing on the floor at the CrossFit Games, Blair had some time to sit down with the head of Kettlebell Kitchen. Kettlebell Kitchen refers to themselves as a lifestyle food performance company.
We are hungry already.
Church or Gym…
Great conversation between our two host today. It can and should make your wheels turn.
The New CrossFit Games-Episode 168
Ben and Blair have been involved in the sport since the before the very first CrossFit Games Open. They’ve been through most of the up’s, down’s, and changes that CrossFit HQ has ever sent down the pipeline. They offer fresh insight and perspective into the biggest shake up in Games history.
CrossFit Games Veteran and Perennial Captain of the Demo Team Paul Trembley
Unofficially episode 200. Why? Just listen as this father of two and CrossFit athlete talks about everything and nothing. To hear more from Paul go listen to the NCR Podcast.
Up Close with Sam Briggs; 2013 CrossFit Games Champion and 2018 Master’s Athlete
Because of her birthday and a broken elbow, Sam Briggs found herself in the Master’s Division at the CrossFit Games. She says its different but its still competition. Listen up as the hard-to-kill never-say-die Former Fittest Woman on Earth talks about her year and her goals moving forward.
2018 CrossFit Games Athlete Ben Alderman-Episode 164
Blair takes the host roll and Ben plays the guest as they talk about the 2018 CrossFit Games and Ben’s experience in Madison.
PED’s, Steroids, and the 2018 CrossFit Games
Ben and Blair break down the failed drug tests from Regional Weekend and the potential effect on the Games and the Community.
*Bonus Episode* Saddleback Leather and CrossFit
Ben is hosting solo. Dave Munson is the founder of Saddleback Leather a company that creates the most intriguing leather goods we’ve ever seen. On top of that, Saddleback and CrossFit, have a connection at the highest level…
RP Strength+Trifecta Nutrition Episode 161
Check out this episode of Beyond the Barbell! Founders of two amazing companies, Trifecta and RP Strength; sit down with Ben and Blair in studio. We talk nutrition, growth, and where they plan on going next.
Recapping Regional Competition
Ben and Blair each had a team at the West Regional. They breakdown their teams performance and give you insight into what they saw.
American Weightlifter CJ Cummings
Blair flew solo on this episode as he interviewed the one and only CJ Cummings. American Record Holder and one of the brightest stars in the sport.
Regional Preview-Episode 158
Ben and Blair breakdown individual events 1-5 of the 2018 CrossFit Games Regional.
USA Weightlifting Podcast with Chad Vaughn and Cheryl Haworth-Episode 157
USA Weightlifting is booming as an organization and to support that accelerated growth; USA Weightlifting is launching its official podcast. Chad Vaughn and Cheryl Haworth, two of our countries best lifters ever, are hosting this new venture. On todays episode we get the full rundown on where they’ve been, where they are going, and the big picture of USA Weightlifting.
Spartan Founder Joe De Sena-Episode 157
Miami was full of opportunities to meet up with some of the coolest guest around. The opportunity to sit with the Founder of Spartan Joe De Sena beach side was no exception. Enjoy as he lets us into the mind and that created the Spartan Race as we know it.
In Miami with Jessica Lucero-American Weightlifter and National Champion
Ben and Blair catch up with one of the few American ladies to ever clean and jerk double bodyweight, Jessica Lucero. Jessica talks a lot about the sport of weightlifting and how she got started. Super candid and real from one of the brightest stars in the sport.
The Garage Gym Athlete
Ben and Blair catch up with Jerred Moon creator of the Garage Gym Athlete.
2018 CrossFit Games Recap Show
Blair and Ben use their combined experience as coaches, athletes and business owners to grade the 2018 CrossFit Games Open.
ROMWOD and Chill
Blair and Ben sit down with creators of ROMWOD while hanging out in Miami. They talk about the great benefits of doing the program on a regular basis.
Invictus Head Coach CJ Martin-CrossFit Games
CJ Martin is the head coach and owner of Invictus. Invictus is arguably the most successful CrossFit Gym and Program in the history of the sport. This conversation is from last year but we warehoused it to be able to release it with one week of programming from Invictus on programhopper.fit
CrossFit Games Open 18.4-A New Era
Dave Castro posted a picture of an egg. With that he hinted at the birth of something new. Turns out it opened the world of Functional Fitness to the handstand walk being a norm, not a skill for the few and far between.
Ben and Blair give their thoughts on the Open thus far and what they think you can expect on 18.5.
CrossFit Games Open Workout 18.3-A Cardio Demand and Technical Monster
Blair and Ben breakdown 18.3
A Better Addiction-Temperance Training
In Miami some of our conversations were eye-opening. This interview with the three guys from CrossFit Hype and the developers of Temperance Training was no exception. Check out what they had to say on this interview of Beyond the Barbell.
18.2/2A Initial Thoughts
Ben and Blair breakdown 18.2 and 18.2A.
Its going to hurt. Then, its going to be fun!
Margaux Alvarez talks programming
Margaux and Alex talk Prepare and Execute and hint at the switch to Vineyard CrossFit. We document this story to give you context to the upcoming episode covering where they are at now.
CrossFit Games 18.1 Preview
Brute Strength Founder Michael Cazayoux-Episode 144
The Brute Strength program founder Michael Cazayoux chats with Blair and I about the vastness of their system. Brute coaches Jacob Heppner, Brooke Ence, Kara Webb and many other notable athletes. The Brute Games team also took down the reigning champs(Mayhem and Rich Froning) in 2017 to become the Fittest Team on the Planet.
Matt Chan talks online programming and TrainFTW-Episode 143
We recorded this very informative episode and then had to put it in the vault for the right time. Matt Chan is a multiple time CrossFit Games Athlete and one of the most respected figureheads in the CrossFit community. He is respected across the board by high-level coaches and prominent athletes. If you guys want to try a week of his programming without the heavy price tag go to programhopper.fit and sign up today. Seriously, its only $10.
Go HAM with Austin Malleolo and Spencer Hendel
Blair and Rich(not Ben) catch up with Spencer and Austin while down in the Bahamas!
Go to Programhopper.fit for samples of the best programming available anywhere!
Christmas Abbott “Perfection is poison”-Episode 142
I feel like we’ve been wanting this to happen for a while but we finally got synched up with Christmas Abbott; entrepreneur, influencer, model, and so much more. Enjoy another episode brought to you from Miami.
Former CrossFit Games Champion Jason Khalipa talks the NC Collective
Jason Khalipa talks about his newest venture the NC Collective. One week featured on programhopper.fit
Ashley Horner-Entrepreneur, Fitness Model, Influencer, Competitor, and Mother
Miami provides and epic backdrop for this conversation with Ashley Horner. Ashley is a Reebok influencer, mother, fitness model, humanitarian, and so much more. Enjoy this episode and look for some of Ashley’s world famous training programs coming soon to programhopper.fit!
Ben Smith 2015 CrossFit Games Champion talks workouts, training partners and more! Episode 138
Ben and Blair introduce programhopper.fit to the world. A sampler website that gives you access to the world’s best online programs. Along with this they Skype in Ben Smith to talk to him about his online program and more.
Happy Holidays, Crossfit stuff, and business expansion-Episode 137
Some year end wrap up… and big news about Blair’s third location.
NBA Legend Vince Carter talks Fitness and Life-Episode 135
Ben and Blair have a rare opportunity to gain access to Vince Carter, long time NBA veteran and All-Star. A great conversation while sitting on the sidelines of the Sacramento Kings practice facility.
Episode 135-Take your gym(and yourself) to the Next Level with MAPS Prime
Ben and Blair breakdown why they think that MAPS Prime is a valuable tool for almost any coach and athlete looking to take their training to the next level.
134-Regional Changes Announced… And what it means to you
Ben and Blair recap Dave Castro’s big announcement from the CrossFit Games Invitational; switching from 6 to 4 person teams and Super Duper Regionals.
133-Mikaela Mayer-The Next Big Thing
Ben and Blair caught up with Mikaela Mayer a professional boxer and Olympian who is changing the game of women’s boxing. Currently she sits at 2-0 with both of her wins coming by KO. Her talent wrapped with personality creates a persona that is hard to ignore. Sit back and enjoy this episode as we talk training, transitions, and whats next for this rising athlete.
132-Lance “The Party” Palmer
Ben and Blair sit down with one of the top fighters in the world. He talks about team dynamics, training, and his future plans to win a UFC title. Lance Palmer is our guest.
131-The Morning Chalk Up
Beyond the Barbell was on site at this years CrossFit Games in Madison WI. Justin Lo, founder of the Morning Chalk Up, joins the show and talks about his famous newsletter and quite a few other things. More than worth the listen.
130-Elite Spartan Racer Marc Montano
Ben and Blair are in Squaw Valley for the Spartan Race World Championships. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the incredible mountainous backdrop they catch up with @ironman619 Marc Montano and elite Spartan Racer. Marc’s positive attitude and love for FitAID come through during this whole episode.
129 MIND PUMP
Ben and Blair catch up with all three hosts of the Mind Pump Podcast while hanging out in Squaw Valley CA. These three guys know a ton about the fitness industry and give us insight and background into their show and how they made it big!
episode brought to you by our usual and www.dadbodathletics.com
128 Spartan Race World Championships
Ben and Blair packed their bags and made the trip out to the Spartan Race World Championships in Squaw Valley, CA. This incredible race coupled with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a back drop make it a must for any fitness enthusiast. Obstacle Course Racing is growing in popularity and the boys make a good case of why that is happening!
Kickasso-Shoe Artist to the Rich and Famous-Episode 127
You may not know who he is but, some of the top athletes and celebs in the world do. Odell Beckham Jr, 3 Days Grace, and Klay Thompson have all purchased his one-of-a-kind artwork. What is his art medium of choice? The shoe.