On Episode 260 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Rob Davis, owner of CrossFit 817, as well as affiliate owner and CrossFit Games competitor Aja Barto. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
This week’s Words of Wisdom are from Pat Barber of Norcal CrossFit: Coach Pat on Overtraining. Barber, who has competed in several editions of the CrossFit Games, talked about how to recognize the signs of overtraining and what to do if they appear.
4:02 Rob Davis told the story of losing a high-paying white-collar job but finding CrossFit. With his family in dire financial straits, he used what limited resources he had to register for a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar, and when he was given an anonymous gift of $8,000, he used it to start CrossFit 817. He now has a 15,000-square-foot facility and over 300 members. Davis talked about what the CrossFit community means to him, how he started his affiliate in his garage, and what he did in those early days to attract members. He says his passion helped him to be a successful affiliate owner. For more of Davis’ story, read the article The Tribes in Texas and watch the video The Rob Davis Story.
31:26 Aja Barto and his brother Aryan started Behemoth CrossFit last June, and Aja talked about how he selected the name of his affiliate and got people into the box. Behemoth CrossFit is actually located in a basketball court inside a fitness facility, and Aja has to be creative in his programming. He described how he plans the workouts and why he’s so detailed when writing the WOD on his website. Finally, Aja commented on his own training in preparation for the Open, as well as how rewarding it is to see his athletes progress.