Today we’re talking to CrossFit athlete, James Newbury, who finished 5th in the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. Due to a shortened qualifying season, James isn’t competing in the 2020 Games this year, along with many other top athletes in the sport. But that hasn’t stopped James from honing his craft as an elite athlete, training more for power and strength, while also exploring other sports like surfing and weightlifting.
As one of the world’s fittest men, James offers his thoughts on competing virtually vs in-person, the mind games that happen behind the scenes at these events, and of course, a few of his top picks to win the Games this year.
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On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Tao talks to James Newbury about:
- His experience competing in his first olympic weightlifting meet (2:35)
- How he’s training differently since we his not competing in the 2020 CrossFit Games (7:55)
- James’ plant-based diet and some of his favorite recipes (16:40)
- Who he thinks looks really good going into Stage 1 of the Games (18:00)
- Which athletes might struggle with the online format (20:00)
- The mind games that athletes play during the events (22:45)
- What the max attempt event might be be this year (30:23)
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