This week, CrossFit start Jessica Griffith will compete on the semifinals of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s “The Titan Games“.
In the episode, slated to air Thursday the 28th of February, gives individuals an opportunity to face off in events designed to test the body, heart, and mind. Griffith, a 27-year-old former trauma ER nurse and nutrition specialist, now lives in Ozark and has a history of thriving in competitive sport environments – primarily the CrossFit Games.
Griffith sat down with a local news team a week before the episode was scheduled to air. Below is the conversation they had.
Why did you want to compete in “The Titan Games?”
I wanted to compete on the Titan Games because it created a platform to reach more people. I left my nursing career and started pursuing CrossFit and nutrition coaching because I wanted to educate people on how to make better lifestyle choices to prevent chronic diseases. Fortunately, I’ve found a platform in CrossFit — but the Titan Games gives me another outlet to reach people even more people.
Is this your first time doing a competition like this?
This is the first time I’ve ever done a TV show but not a big competition. I’ve competed in the CrossFit games on a team and individually. The CrossFit games compares because only 40 people in the world qualify and you don’t know the events. The Titan Games was comparable because there were thousands of people who applied and only 64 competitors who made it. We had no idea what the events were until we got on set. So although the two competitions were very different they were also very similar in the dynamic
What’s the hardest part of being on the show? Best part?
The hardest part about being on the show was the schedule. I’m used to having very regimented days. I’m very much a routine person. While we were filming, there were days that we’d be on set all day. Because there were so many of us, we’d often be sitting around for hours at a time. There was not much of a schedule. This was difficult because I wanted to be on my routine of training, eating, and recovering — but obviously I realized this was a once in a lifetime opportunity so it was okay.
What surprised you the most?
Although competing and meeting The Rock was amazing, it was really cool to work with the same directors, producers, and film crew as The Rock. I got to work with the same staff that works with one of the arguably most successful actors in the world. That was pretty awesome.
Do you have a fun story or two to share about your time on the show?
Something that was really is interesting is we filmed the competition overnight. The arena was outside and because they had pyro, they wanted it dark for better “effect.” So we would get on set at 4 at sometimes I wouldn’t get home until 5 am
After you get done competing, what’s your wind-down routine look like?
After I get done competing, I usually take a couple minutes to be alone, let my heart rate settle and body chill out. Then I usually eat a meal. Because we filmed overnight, it was usually 4 a.m. by the time we wrapped on set. So I went back to the hotel and slept until about noon. Luckily we didn’t film many days in a row.
Once the show wraps up, what comes next for you?
After the show wraps, it’s just back to routine. I train about 30 hours a week in a CrossFit gym. This week kicks off our competition season — so I’m in full swing training mode. The plan is to hopefully qualify for the CrossFit games again this year and that will take place the first week of August.