A Candid Chat With Chris Spealler

June 13, 2009 3:00 PM

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Sevan Matossian recently visited Park City Utah the home of CrossFit badass Chris Spealler. Sevan talked to Chris about posting his times on the main site. Sevan also asked about his thoughts on weight classes and overall CrossFit fairness.

A Chat With Spealler Video ... [wmv] [mov]

27 comments on this entry.

1. Charity wrote...

June 13, 2009 3:42 PM

Just watched the Every Second Counts video the other day and found myself STILL cheering for you to win even though I obviously knew the outcome!
Great interview. I like your perspective on things. Keep up the good example for us all.
Can't wait to meet you and your wife in person!

2. gaucoin wrote...

June 13, 2009 7:06 PM

I think the bigger guys would have wanted a weight class on the first day of the Games last year after Speal wiped the floor with their butts!

3. ec wrote...

June 13, 2009 9:31 PM


4. jon wrote...

June 13, 2009 9:48 PM

crossfit seems pretty fair to everyone at one point or another, and also unfair to everyone in the same regard. Crossfit is all about the unexpected.

5. Ryan Brown wrote...

June 13, 2009 10:10 PM

Look at how upright that torso is in that Front Squat. That's beautiful.

I thought it was very cool of you to be so honest about why you quit posting on the comments of the MP.

6. Miranda 801 wrote...

June 13, 2009 11:01 PM


NICE!! It may be safe to say that I have been inspired more by your attitude and approach than I have you actual times etc. Thanks!

7. CS Fan wrote...

June 14, 2009 6:30 AM

Spealler is incredible. He and Josh E. are my faves. Good luck at the Games Chris!

8. Tracy wrote...

June 14, 2009 6:53 AM

I met Chris at my Level 1 Cert - he was so down to earth and approachable - not cocky at all. It would be easy for him to be cocky with his amazing work output. I think he is a winner no matter the outcome in July - but I'll be secretly praying for pull-ups for him! Good luck Chris!!

9. Joel S. wrote...

June 14, 2009 8:30 AM

Like I've told you before Chris, Its nice to see such a quality athlete that is so humble. I think you are working hard for "the right" reasons. You are inspiring us all to remember the bigger picture. You will do great things at Aromas, no matter what happens.

10. Speal wrote...

June 14, 2009 8:41 AM

I can't tell you all how much I appreciate the support that all of you give no matter what the outcome is. It's a huge reason why I love this community so much. You guys are great!

EC: Love it! Beware indeed!

11. Ricky Frausto wrote...

June 14, 2009 9:25 AM

I am with you on this Chris. I stopped posting because It was definitely for the wrong reasons, most of the time. As for weight classes, I hope they never have them. I would hate for people to have to cut weight like we did in high school and college just to try and get an upper edge. I think the way the format is now, you and I have to keep getting stronger and stronger and those big guys will have to keep trying to push their gymnastics to another level.

I also like the programming that came out last year. Yeah, i fell from 2nd to 6th, but that falls on me. I am stronger today because of last year's Sunday WOD.

I like it the way it is now. I don't want to ever be champion of my weight class, I want to be champion of the whole d**n thing.

Good Luck to you Chris. I'll be there sweating right along with you.

12. Art wrote...

June 14, 2009 9:57 AM

what I'll say has all been said before... but great perspective on weight-classes. If we think why CF was designed, the necessities for FD/PD/Military know no weight-class; you have obstacles to overcome and thats it. Just prepare for everything, and give it your all when it happens. At our gym, we always give "Hardcore Points" for the little guy going RX, or the big guy doing all his pull-ups.

awesome perspective on being humble and fighting for the RIGHT reasons, Speal. you're an great example to all of us as an athlete and a coach. God bless and Keep on 'Keepin on'!

13. bingo wrote...

June 14, 2009 10:31 AM

Very nice, Chris!

As a (still) understrong 150#'s and 49 yo I'll leave the weight class and "Master's Division" issues as they lie.

I agree with Gaucoin, your candor about the MP posting is refreshing, all the more because of your reasons. However, as a daily visitor to the MP I miss you and Ricky posting, and for that matter I miss Gaucoin, too. Being conscious of the seduction of others' praise is to be inoculated against the dangers of that praise.

The MP is important as a "front door" to Crossfit. It's an affirmation of the potential effects of Crossfit; that's partly why it's so important to Coach. It's as necessary to post the off-the-chart WOW results as it is to post my very average results and those of the newcomer. Your posts form a benchmark against which we all measure ourselves, older or younger, bigger or smaller.

It would be great to see you, Ricky, Gaucoin, and many others share your results again.

See you in July in Aromas!


14. Kevin wrote...

June 14, 2009 1:07 PM

Great interview. Chris appreciate your reasons for not posting as much. But seeing your posts are inspiring and also very humbling.

Good luck at the games.

15. MB wrote...

June 14, 2009 5:03 PM


I appreciate hearing your reasons for not posting as much. But I would like to say that I have been disappointed to see your posts disappear. Regardless of your reasons, I always love to see what's possible on the workouts even though I'm a long ways away....and your posts were usually pretty close to representing what's possible. I don't view it as bragging when you post your results. I applaud your humility, but I still wish there was a way to follow your numbers.


16. Pat Sherwood wrote...

June 15, 2009 5:43 AM

Chris is one of the most humble, friendly, capable people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Thanks for all you bring to the community.

17. BK wrote...

June 15, 2009 11:16 AM

Freak of an athlete,1 in a million...and one very solid human being to boot!
Tear it up in Cali!

18. Roland wrote...

June 15, 2009 3:14 PM

Nice to see someone working on their personality as opposed to only focusing on their body or times! Makes a great athlete an awesome person! All the best for the games.

As to weight classes -> NO! If we start to balance in regards to body mass, then we shall have to balance all the other aspects: level length, age, job, number of months doing CrossFit, hair growth, religious affiliation, nutrition, etc. Keep it simple!

19. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

June 15, 2009 4:58 PM

Looking forward to meeting you, Chris and seeing you in action in Aromas.

Your interview represents a class act!

20. Ryan DeBell wrote...

June 16, 2009 12:35 AM


You're the man for so many reasons. I could see how posting ridiculous times and all the praise people give you could become like a bad addiction and an unhealthy priority in your life. You are strong in so many ways. By the way, I love the picture Alanna gave me... :D

What is the honey badger?


21. Anthony Bainbridge wrote...

June 16, 2009 6:38 AM

Chris, I miss seeing your posts on the main site - they were a great benchmark to chase! Good luck in Aromas!

22. Sam wrote...

June 16, 2009 10:31 AM


If I had designed the scoring for the games last year, you would have been the outright winner. I think the games last year were slightly unbalanced in favor of heavier guys.

Either way, you are an awesome athlete and it's clear you've reached this point through massive amounts of hard work, which makes you an inspiration to so many Crossfitters.

Keep it going bro, i'll be rooting for you in the games.

23. nick wrote...

June 18, 2009 4:02 AM

congratulations on all your success as a crossfit athlete and icon Chris.

only one person can win the Games each year and it won't define you as a person or an athlete if you do or don't and I doubt it'll change many people's perceptions of you either.

what defines a man is the nature and depth of the impact he makes on his environment and (having never met you apart from on videos) your humility, inclusiveness, commitment to excellence as well as your efforts as a trainer, will have a major impact on the lives of many of us who look to people like you as fitness role models to follow.

having said all that, I agree with your point in one of the interviews. I hope the programming is fair. I hope there are as many long metcons/hoppers as there are pure strength WODs. Many of the qualifiers have biased too much towards pure strength - I hope gymnastics and aerobic conditioning have their chances to test too

if it is a fair programme, it'll take something exceptional to beat you. good luck

24. Speal replied to comment from nick...

June 18, 2009 6:18 AM

Nick, can't tell you how much I appreciate those comments! It's always a huge encouragement to me and great reminder that there is more to life than CrossFit. Thanks for the kind words and if you can make it to the games I hope to meet you then!

25. Apolloswabbie wrote...

June 18, 2009 2:24 PM

"only one person can win the Games each year and it won't define you as a person or an athlete if you do or don't and I doubt it'll change many people's perceptions of you either."

Nick - well said, thank you. Even 'the best' are only the best for a flash of time. Paul

26. Apolloswabbie wrote...

June 18, 2009 2:28 PM

Chris - I'm proud to know you and grateful for all the qualities you bring to CrossFit. It's inspiration to watch you work. I wish you every success in the Games. Paul

27. nick wrote...

June 18, 2009 9:27 PM

my pleasure Chris, thanks Paul

sadly no trip to the Games this year - it's a long way from Sydney and with two young kids, my wife closed the door on the suggestion fairly quickly!

I'll keep my fingers crossed for a box jump, HSPU, burpee WOD for you!

good luck