On Episode 254 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Chicago owner and Level 1 Seminar Staff member Rudy Tapalla. Justin also interviewed 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games runner-up Josh Bridges. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.
The Words of Wisdom are from a CrossFit Verve article in which Luke Palmisano explains the differences between an “Oly deadlift” and a “CrossFit deadlift.”
7:30 Rudy Tapalla came on the show to describe how he found CrossFit and how he started his affiliate, CrossFit Chicago. He explained some of the different programs at his box, including a women’s-only class. Tapalla integrates social media into his system and says it benefits his athletes, and he talked about the software programs he uses to run his business and track athletes’ results. In terms of programming, Tapalla shared all his secrets and explained why he provides a program with more volume in addition to regular WODs.
32:43 Josh Bridges placed second at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games but had to sit out the 2012 Open due to service with the U.S. Navy. He was invited to the Games but had to withdraw due to a serious knee injury. He spoke about his injury, his recovery and the mental battle to overcome a setback. He described how he’s been training and listed some recent PRs. Moving beyond the physical, the SoCal athlete explained how he mentally prepares for a tough WOD and deals with the rough parts of a workout once it starts. Finally, he gave his personal outlook on this year’s competitive season.