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California Road Trip: Part 1 by Sevan Matossian - CrossFit Journal

California Road Trip: Part 1

By Sevan Matossian

In Athletes, CrossFit, HD Videos

November 15, 2010

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Join an all-star cast on a classic CrossFit road trip as Dave Castro, Sevan Matossian and Rob Orlando embark on a tour of California. This trip, however, isn’t for traditional sightseeing. The sights along this journey are barbells and top competitors as the group makes its way north, one workout at a time.

In Part 1 the group meets Josh Everrett, Greg Amundson and Ryan Williams, the latter of whom is a former Navy SEAL and the co-owner of CrossFit Forged. Their destination is a beach O-course at a Navy SEAL training ground in Coronado. And how can they make the course more challenging? Try adding a buddy carry in the sand.

Then, it’s on to a Navy SEAL gym, where they try their luck with rope muscle-ups. According to Castro, it’s a “good party trick.” Find out if Rob Orlando can beat the current “world record” on his first attempt.

To end the day, Orlando goes head to head with Dave Lipson in a heavy workout. Have you ever seen overhead lunges at 185 lb.?

“My fitness is hurting right now,” Lipson says after the experience.

Today’s epic start also offers a bit of history and a look into the future from two early CrossFit stars. Learn the origin of the term “firebreather” from Amundson, the “Original Firebreather.” And does three-time competitor Everett plan on trying to get back to the CrossFit Games again?

29min 33sec

Additional reading: Teamwork Gets Athletes to the Games by Rob Orlando, with Jason Khalipa, Eric O’Connor and Patrick Burke, published Aug. 19, 2009.

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15 Comments on “California Road Trip: Part 1”


wrote …

sh*t YEAH. thx for the new videos


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Dudes, that was the shiz, Ryan Williams tore shit up on the obstacle course, he's a BEAST in hiding and keeps it modest!

Psyched 2 see what Rogue does with the SEAL Gym.

Watching the buddy carries, sprints, rope muscle ups, obstacle courses made me REALLY feel like it's time 2 take the training to a new level.

Rob and Dave are badass, no 2 ways about it.

Castro - ur a crazy man, I think you wanted to see MORE dog attacks! ha ha

BIG thnx, Guys!




wrote …

awesome video! can't wait for the rest of it.


wrote …

Bite sleeve!


wrote …

awesome video. Looks like it was a lot of fun to make. Can't wait for the rest of the series.


wrote …

awesome video. I can't wait to see when they hit the bay area. Hey, this is really really off subject, but i wanted to know the song used in the video of Graham H. again faster vs. rogue. That song kicked ass.




wrote …

That video was awesome. Everett looks bigger, I wonder if he's gained weight.

Dave Lipson is hilarious. He was insane on those snatches.


wrote …

Dave Lipson needs to be on this whole trip, best angsty married couple relationship ever with RobO. Hilarious.


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- i'm sorry i gotta correct ya; before the events in this vid there have been attempts at "Isabel" at bodyweight by many peoples....

personal experience compels me to point this out to you....

but i know u mean well :-)

~ Kris Clever


wrote …

Class entertainment! I can't wait to see the workouts these guys attack.

Really appreciated Greg A's 'firebreather' story. Brings the term back to life for me, gives it fuller meaning and broader appeal.


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Not to worry, Dave Lipson was present for the entire trip!
I wouldn't be surprised if Sevan had 10+ hours of back and forth with Dave and Rob.

Sevan, thanks for posting this series finally!



wrote …

damn i love this sh#t!
freakin better than any hoolywood or reality tv out there!

you all rock!


wrote …

Anyone know if that obstacle course in the video is available for use for the public?


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@ 13

Unfortunately I don't think the BUD/S O-Course is open to the public. Only those with special permission. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that's the case.

Great video!


Ian Carver wrote …

You know you've been a K9 handler for way too long when you watch the video and point out what a good looking Malinois that was....Sad....

In between the dog, I did dig the video!

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