CrossFit Radio Episode 154

By Justin Judkins

In CrossFit, Radio, Special Populations

January 12, 2011

Audio Article

On Episode 154 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed United Kingdom CrossFitter Michael Bale, as well as Peter Ricciardi, who converted to CrossFit after years of fitness excuses. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

3:30 Michael Bale recently completed a 365-day burpee challenge where he completed over 66,000 burpees in the year. He talked about how and why he decided to complete this challenge, and how CrossFit’s popularity has increased over the last few years in England. Michael described what the CrossFit community is like in his part of the world.

21:50 Peter Ricciardi is 56 years old and has been CrossFitting since last April. He spent the last several decades fooling himself and buying into his excuses as to why he didn’t need to get in shape. He recently wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper explaining the invaluable gifts CrossFit has brought into his life.

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5 Comments on “CrossFit Radio Episode 154”


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Thanks for the great interview with Pete Ricciardi. At filfest last year, Skip Chase kept repeating the mantra that "CrossFit is for everyone" and I really took it to heart (big props to Skip). Pete is a great example of how rewarding it can be to follow those words. Sometimes the most unlikely client athlete brings the greatest amounts of good mojo into your community, business and life.

Like the updates on your firebreathing wrestling team. Please keep us up to date on how they are doing.

For Lifelong Fitness,

Robert VanNewkirk


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Thanks for the great look inside a success story. I'm 53 and also new to Crossfit last year--less impressive gains pound-for-pound than Pete but the same gratitude to have found a program that makes my unreasonable goals seem possible. We all at The Lab in Seattle have a similarly awesome trainer crew led by Lindsey Dion and as Pete said we all go at it side by side together. My 100% looks different than theirs but we're all giving that hundred and the community support keeps helping this older slower stiffer weaker guy find more inside than I was sure was there. Pete's right--a great gift. Thanks to both of you for spreading the news and for some more of that good ol' Crossfit Journal daily boost!


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Great to hear Michael being interviewed about his burpee challenge - an incredible achievement, I'm sure you'll agree.

Michael is a tremendous inspiration to us all down at CrossFit Clitheroe. The first time I met him, he'd turned up about 30 minutes early for a class just so that he could get through his burpee quota (about 260 reps) for that day. This was all immediately prior to blasting through the WOD which, of course, he completed faster than pretty much anyone else in the gym.

I was amazed and we all continue to be amazed and inspired by his drive, tenacity and dedication.

You may be interested to know that Michael's already planned his challenge for 2011. Later this year, he'll be cycling the length of the British mainland, from John O'Groats to Land's End (just under 1000 miles) to raise money for 'Help for Heroes', a charity established to help wounded servicemen and women.


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Sorry - that should read 'just under 1000km' for the bike ride.


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This was one of the most enjoyable shows. Good stuff JJ

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