Actor Max Greenfield Talks CrossFit With Jason Khalipa

“Every other person was like, hey man, nice job, and the first thing Khalipa said was, ‘Woah, man. We have some work to do,'” Max Greenfield jokes as he talks about Jason Khalipa’s first reaction to his legs after a workout.

Wait, who is Max Greenfield again?

He’s an actor, and best known for his time spent playing Schmidt in the 2011-2018 hit TV series, New Girl. If you don’t recognize his name there, then you may recognize Greenfield’s name from the 2017 CrossFit Open article we wrote that included Open scores from multiple celebrities, or even this article from last August that discussed his obsession for the CrossFit Games.

Earlier today, 2008 CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa shared a podcast/YouTube video that highlights Greenfield’s acting career, family life, and love for CrossFit. The interview was super interesting and hearing about Greenfield’s success story in acting was really cool (spoiler alert: he was far from an overnight success), but what really got our attention was his talk about CrossFit.

Khalipa opens this conversation by asking how Greenfield originally got into the sport, where he replies, “I had always been a runner, I was cycling for a long time and loved it, but I would always get bored. I would run it to the end and wonder, ‘What am I doing here?'”

He explains that he eventually called his friend who loved CrossFit to ask more about the box that recently opened up near him. He goes on to say, “So I ended up going there, to CrossFit Hollywood and I couldn’t do a freaking thing. I mean not…one…thing.”

He continues to discuss his first reaction to Fran and everything else CrossFit entailed at the time, along with how it has helped him throughout his life. I recommend watching the full interview, but if you only want the CrossFit discussion, then skip to 36:40.

This CrossFit conversation was great for multiple reasons, but possibly the best part was how CrossFit helped Greenfield in other areas of life that extend outside of fitness alone. If you have the time, then we highly recommend checking out the full video.

Feature image from @iammaxgreenfield Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.