CrossFit Radio Episode 315

By Justin Judkins

On Episode 315 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Daniel Cook of CrossFit Black. This episode was webcast on Jan. 29, 2014.

3:14 Daniel Cook owns CrossFit Black, located in Sydney, Australia. He explained how Australians are doing CrossFit in record numbers, with more and more of them looking to compete in the upcoming CrossFit Games season, which starts Feb. 27 with the Open. Cook described his facility and talked about his goal to create an upscale affiliate that rivals the best gyms in Sydney. He said he offers a women-only “pink program” at his affiliate because it allows females who are intimidated by group classes to gain confidence and work into training slowly. He also gave his reasons for offering open-gym time to his members. Moving on to the upcoming CrossFit competition season, Cook shared his opinions on perhaps having multiple Regional events in Australia in the future as participation numbers increase. Finally, he gave his predictions for the 2014 Australia Regional and mentioned a few dark horses who could make a statement on the leaderboard this year.


About the Games


The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes.

The goal is to find the fittest athletes, not produce an easily replicable workout program.

The Pool Event took place two days before the scheduled competition.

Jordan Troyan and Marcus Hendren on Legless.

Michelle Kinney flips the Pig.

Pulling the sled at the 2013 Games.

There is no other true test of fitness.

The Games were created to fill a void — no other true test of fitness existed. From Ironman triathlons to the NFL, all other athletic events neglected to accurately test fitness. Even decathlons, while testing a relatively wide range of abilities, missed vital components of physical fitness.

CrossFit Games events are made up a broad range of functional movements. Functional movements move large loads, long distances, quickly. These movements also form the basis of our exercise program. Make no mistake—the CrossFit Games are designed to test, not train fitness. The goal is to find the fittest athletes, not to produce an easily replicable workout program.

The Games are a three-stage journey.

The Games season is broken up into three stages. The first step is the Open, a worldwide, inclusive, five-week competition that kicks off early in the spring. Want to participate? More info is available here.

The top athletes from the Open in each of the 17 regions around the world will qualify for the second stage of the competition—Regionals, a three-day, live competition.

The season culminates in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games. At the Games, thousands of participants will be whittled down to around 100 of the fittest men and women in the world.

A key element to a fair test of fitness is the unknown and unknowable. Athletes cannot train for what they do not know. At each CrossFit Games, the athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the competition. The combination of highly-trained athletes and unknown workouts makes for an explosive mix. ESPN Magazine went so far as to call the Games the “best way to spend 50 bucks” in sports.

May only the best win.

The Games are a playing field where the fittest athletes are given a chance to distinguish themselves through consistently exceptional performances. In a single weekend, the CrossFit Games test athletes’ capabilities across broad time and modal domains. A wide variety of different events are intentionally included. In the past, these have ranged from dusty hill sprints to sandbag carries to ocean swims and endurance events. Future events will include even more surprises.

In order to be satisfied that the CrossFit Games winners are truly the Fittest on Earth™, we need to be confident the champions would also win other good tests of fitness.


The Games uses a relative scoring system. That is, athletes are rewarded according to their placing in each event relative to their peers—not according to their absolute performance on that event. To the degree which we’ve done our job, the Games athletes are the 50 fittest men and 50 fittest women on earth. All of them have qualified through multiple steps to get there. It’s up to the Games to determine who among them is the fittest.

A growing sport.

Interest in this sport continues to increase, along with the size of the CrossFit community. Last year at this time, there were just more than 5,000 affiliates. Today, we are about to surpass 10,000. 2014 promises to be a landmark year for the CrossFit Games.