Brian Friend

Brian Friend

Brian Friend is an American CrossFit coach who also works as an analyst, writer, broadcast coordinator and consultant for the sport.

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Opinion | Mat Fraser vs Tia-Clair Toomey: who is the greatest CrossFit athlete of all-time?

Dave Castro divided opinion when he said Australian Tia-Clair Toomey was the most dominant of all-time. But what do the statistics say when lined up against Mat Fraser?

Dave Castro divided opinion when he said Australian Tia-Clair Toomey was the most dominant of all-time. But what do the statistics say when lined up against Mat Fraser?

7 Sep 2021 - 8:00PM
Opinion | 2021 CrossFit Games: Tia-Clair Toomey poised for fifth title but who will join her on podium?

Tia-Clair Toomey is heavily favoured to win her fifth consecutive title, with a number of other competitors, young and old, looking to challenge the Australian.

Tia-Clair Toomey is heavily favoured to win her fifth consecutive title, with a number of other competitors, young and old, looking to challenge the Australian.

19 Jul 2021 - 9:36PM
Opinion | 2021 CrossFit Games: four men who could succeed Mat Fraser atop the men’s division

Canadian veterans Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski are joined by young Americans Justin Medeiros and Jayson Hopper as title contenders.

Canadian veterans Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski are joined by young Americans Justin Medeiros and Jayson Hopper as title contenders.

16 Jul 2021 - 8:00PM
Opinion | Granite Games: is this Chandler Smith’s moment to send message heading into 2021 CrossFit Games?

Chandler Smith leads the 2021 CrossFit Games potentials at the Granite Games this weekend in Eagan, Minnesota.

Chandler Smith leads the 2021 CrossFit Games potentials at the Granite Games this weekend in Eagan, Minnesota.

3 Jun 2021 - 8:03PM
Opinion | Semi-finals set the stage for 2021 CrossFit Games as half of the 10 events are pushed online

Ten events kick off across multiple continents as spots in 2021 CrossFit Games now up for grabs.

Ten events kick off across multiple continents as spots in 2021 CrossFit Games now up for grabs.

26 May 2021 - 10:01AM
Opinion | CrossFit: 20-year-old Haley Adams ready to leave mark on 2021 CrossFit Games under the guidance of Rich Froning

CrossFit’s Haley Adams, under the guidance of four-time champion Rich Froning, appears to be at the start of a long and prosperous career in the sport.

CrossFit’s Haley Adams, under the guidance of four-time champion Rich Froning, appears to be at the start of a long and prosperous career in the sport.

29 Apr 2021 - 10:00PM
Opinion | CrossFit: is Jeffrey Adler podium bound at 2021 Games after impressive Open performance?

Canadian CrossFit star Jeffrey Adler takes the 2021 Open and now looks to be one of the favourites for the 2021 Games.

Canadian CrossFit star Jeffrey Adler takes the 2021 Open and now looks to be one of the favourites for the 2021 Games.

11 Apr 2021 - 8:00AM
Opinion | CrossFit Open: compete against yourself and don’t worry about the leader board

The 2021 CrossFit Open is about to begin, and the three-week online competition is a great way to test yourself.

The 2021 CrossFit Open is about to begin, and the three-week online competition is a great way to test yourself.

11 Mar 2021 - 8:00PM
Opinion | CrossFit: Tia-Clair Toomey and the 10 women who could challenge her at 2021 Games

Four-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey will be favourite to win it all again this year, but who will be nipping at her heels at the 2021 CrossFit Games?

Four-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey will be favourite to win it all again this year, but who will be nipping at her heels at the 2021 CrossFit Games?

25 Feb 2021 - 7:00PM
Opinion | CrossFit: the seven men who could win the 2021 Games, statistically speaking

Who will take Mat Fraser’s place atop the CrossFit world? A statistical analysis of the guys fighting for the throne in 2021.

Who will take Mat Fraser’s place atop the CrossFit world? A statistical analysis of the guys fighting for the throne in 2021.

16 Feb 2021 - 10:20AM
Opinion | CrossFit: retiring Mat Fraser showed us how to be Games champion with attacking mindset and dedication

Five-time winner retires, leaving lasting legacy the sport may never duplicate.

Five-time winner retires, leaving lasting legacy the sport may never duplicate.

3 Feb 2021 - 4:31PM
Opinion | CrossFit: what can we expect from the era of Eric Roza as latest rule book shakes up continents, the Open, adaptive divisions and more?

CrossFit’s Eric Roza signals new direction with latest rule book for 2021 season.

CrossFit’s Eric Roza signals new direction with latest rule book for 2021 season.

8 Jan 2021 - 1:22PM
Opinion | CrossFit 2021: what we know and what we don’t

Once again, CrossFit’s new season will be drastically different than the previous one, but this is not a bad thing.

Once again, CrossFit’s new season will be drastically different than the previous one, but this is not a bad thing.

23 Dec 2020 - 1:42PM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: Did the five-athlete, three-day format produce an entertaining competition for ‘Fittest on Earth’?

Covid-19 forces CrossFit organisers to amend format to allow the Games to go ahead and ultimately it creates a gripping contest, even if the winners ran away with titles.

Covid-19 forces CrossFit organisers to amend format to allow the Games to go ahead and ultimately it creates a gripping contest, even if the winners ran away with titles.

2 Nov 2020 - 4:05PM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: Mat Fraser raises the bar to level others can only dream of

With the win, Fraser passes Rich Froning and has shown the world of CrossFit an unprecedented level of athleticism and grit as he turns weaknesses into strengths.

With the win, Fraser passes Rich Froning and has shown the world of CrossFit an unprecedented level of athleticism and grit as he turns weaknesses into strengths.

26 Oct 2020 - 9:06AM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: Jeffrey Adler an emerging star as methodical approach starts to pay off

The quiet Canadian’s methodical approach to the sport is paying off at 2020 CrossFit Games.

The quiet Canadian’s methodical approach to the sport is paying off at 2020 CrossFit Games.

25 Oct 2020 - 11:16AM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey dominate as order restored in the strangest season ever

Reigning champions Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser at their dominating best in an unprecedented format that may never happen again in CrossFit.

Reigning champions Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser at their dominating best in an unprecedented format that may never happen again in CrossFit.

24 Oct 2020 - 10:19AM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: who has the best podium chance – Samuel Kwant, Justin Medeiros or Jeffrey Adler?

Samuel Kwant, Justin Medeiros and Jeffrey Adler will likely fight it out for the final podium spot at the CrossFit Games in California from October 19-25.

Samuel Kwant, Justin Medeiros and Jeffrey Adler will likely fight it out for the final podium spot at the CrossFit Games in California from October 19-25.

9 Oct 2020 - 12:26PM
Opinion | 2020 CrossFit Games: how many American women can get on the podium in California?

Brooke Wells, Haley Adams and Kari Pearce all have a shot to win, and challenge Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir in final in California.

Brooke Wells, Haley Adams and Kari Pearce all have a shot to win, and challenge Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir in final in California.

2 Oct 2020 - 10:12AM
Opinion | CrossFit: does new online Games format and in-person finals give some athletes an advantage over others?

Analysis points to CrossFit Open results and online Rogue Invitational as bellwethers, with usual suspects for both men and women expected to make it through to the final five in California.

Analysis points to CrossFit Open results and online Rogue Invitational as bellwethers, with usual suspects for both men and women expected to make it through to the final five in California.

19 Aug 2020 - 10:45PM
Opinion | CrossFit: Rogue Invitational kicks off this weekend with star power amid uncertain future for sport

Controversies aside, the Rogue Invitational, an online competition streamed on YouTube, features a who’s who of CrossFit stars and will be the first competition in the Dave Castro era.

Controversies aside, the Rogue Invitational, an online competition streamed on YouTube, features a who’s who of CrossFit stars and will be the first competition in the Dave Castro era.

12 Jun 2020 - 9:50AM
Opinion | Is Rich Froning a better team athlete than individual? Sporting icon readies competition in lieu of CrossFit Games

Froning, crowned CrossFit’s ‘Fittest man on the planet’, as the sport calls each Games winner, has now etched out a substantial team career.

Froning, crowned CrossFit’s ‘Fittest man on the planet’, as the sport calls each Games winner, has now etched out a substantial team career.

29 May 2020 - 3:49PM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: field cut drastically to 30, no team division and national champions left home

CrossFit’s explosive statement has sent shock waves throughout the sport, as we will see a drastically reduced field this August in California.

CrossFit’s explosive statement has sent shock waves throughout the sport, as we will see a drastically reduced field this August in California.

11 May 2020 - 1:56PM
Opinion | CrossFit Games 2020: without live competitions during Covid-19, what is next for the sport?

Rogue Invitational has been a bellwether for how 2020 CrossFit Games season has unfolded during coronavirus pandemic – so what’s next for the sport?

Rogue Invitational has been a bellwether for how 2020 CrossFit Games season has unfolded during coronavirus pandemic – so what’s next for the sport?

17 Apr 2020 - 9:48AM
Opinion | CrossFit Games: Rich Froning’s Mayhem Freedom look to continue dynasty reign into new decade

The CrossFit icon has switched seamlessly from the individual competitions to teams, showcasing his talent as both an athlete and manager

The CrossFit icon has switched seamlessly from the individual competitions to teams, showcasing his talent as both an athlete and manager

12 Mar 2020 - 8:22AM
Tia-Clair Toomey vs Sara Sigmundsdottir has fans salivating for Wodapalooza this weekend

The Australian and Icelandic dynamos are surely going to give fans a glimpse of what to expect at the 2020 CrossFit Games

The Australian and Icelandic dynamos are surely going to give fans a glimpse of what to expect at the 2020 CrossFit Games

18 Feb 2020 - 10:17PM
Opinion | 2020 CrossFit Games: four athletes who finally qualified for the first time

Close calls and near misses have kept these four out, but now they are finally ready to hit the big stage

Close calls and near misses have kept these four out, but now they are finally ready to hit the big stage

16 Jan 2020 - 4:29PM
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Can Sigmundsdottir and Briggs hold off Davidsdottir, or will Greene and Frey upset the order?

The four top women from last year’s competition are back to fight for first place, but the two-time Fittest on Earth is added to the hotly contested Sanctional

The four top women from last year’s competition are back to fight for first place, but the two-time Fittest on Earth is added to the hotly contested Sanctional

11 Dec 2019 - 2:47PM
Opinion | Who is going to win the Dubai CrossFit Championship?

A deep, talented field will take to the United Arab Emirates next week in one of the sport’s marquee Sanctionals

A deep, talented field will take to the United Arab Emirates next week in one of the sport’s marquee Sanctionals

4 Dec 2019 - 9:00AM
Opinion | Can CrossFit sustain such a heavy Sanctionals calendar this season?

The Filthy 150 kicks off this weekend in Ireland as competitors look to book tickets to the 2020 CrossFit Games

The Filthy 150 kicks off this weekend in Ireland as competitors look to book tickets to the 2020 CrossFit Games

19 Nov 2019 - 3:36PM