Athlete Rankings: Back Squat

July 8, 2009 6:00 AM

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A 535 pound Back Squat is pretty impressive, right? How about when you only weigh 181? That's the almost 3x bodyweight PR touted by Kyle Kasperbauer of CrossFit Omaha, who takes this category.

When pressed for confirmation on this, Kyle's coach Ricky Frausto responded:

"Kyle was a college football player for 5 years and the basis of football strength and conditioning is back squat, bench press, and power clean. He has been doing that from the time he started football in high school until he finished his eligibility in college. Nine years of back squatting, both in the off-season and in-season, will get a person really strong, especially when you are as genetic a freak as Kyle is. I coached him for about 4 of his five years in college and I've seen him squat over 500 pounds for a rep or two and have seen him rep out at least 450. This is a regular site in college weight rooms all over the country. Wait until word reaches these guys that there will be money to be made in CrossFit. So, yes, the weight for his back squat is accurate. We never used to dead-lift at the college level before CrossFit so that is why his dead-lift isn't higher."

For females, there are four ladies who have a 260 back squat: Cyndi Frieling, Danielle Comolli, Michele Vieux, and Dawn Hutchinson.

Back Squat Rankings - [Male] [Female]

10 comments on this entry.

1. josh everett wrote...

July 8, 2009 6:27 AM

Ricky is absolutely correct. There are countless genetic freaks in college athletics that if/when they find and commit to crossfit they will take this sport to a whole other level. I have personally coached dozens if not hundreds of athletes that would crush me at the games based on thier physical abilitites. The mental game, commitment to training & nutrition, and pain tolerance are the only things holding them back... that won't last long as the N gets bigger. Crossfit community be prepared to see the performances in this sport jump off the charts in the next 5 years.

2. Brent Hilton wrote...

July 8, 2009 6:44 AM

Two points:

I love the fact CF is posting these rankings. Having this allows visibility to all athletes competing and not just the "favorites" (for a lack of better term). As soon as Khalipa won last year, I had to research videos and postings of him to find out who this "dark horse" was and what #'s he was putting up. Now we're able to relate to them all in some fashion and have a better understanding of where they come from. They are all elite for one reason or another.

Maybe some one could check my logic, but I was curious how different the 2008 Games results would be if the 2009 Games scoring method was in place. It'd look something like this:

1 - Everett (39)
2 - Khalipa (47)
3 - Barber (49)
4 - Speal (54)
5 - Omaha Ricky (55)
6 - Thiel (56)
7 - OPT (58)
8 - Tincher (64)
9 - Dutch (74)
T10 - Chan (84)
T10 - Brainerd (84)

Estimated Top 10 are not much different than the actual results from last year.

July 8, 2009 8:25 AM

Both my sons play College football and one squats 460(10 months after ACL surgery) and the other 540. Both also Snatch around 200, clean 300 and so forth. They lift heavy in functional movements and do lots of sprinting work. Sounds familiar?

Also their Strength and Conditioning coaches sometimes add in a crossfit similiar or Wod at the end of their workouts instead of gassers. My one son noticed it and has had discussions with his S&C coaches about crossfit and they are aware of it and some are occasionaly doing the wods.

But when you think about sports teams train in a similiar fashion to crossfit because they need results.

July 8, 2009 8:29 AM

From all the tinkering with the scoring I have seen, it seems like the top athletes are the top athletes, but how they are arranged at the top is at least partially determined by scoring methods.

I love seeing the data on all the competitors. We'll collect enough of this data across enough different people at enough different games and we should have a GREAT evaluation of what strengths best translate to increased work capacity across broad times and modal domains. Quite frankly, I was a little surprised at how the squat did not seem to match up to where people have finished in CF Competitions. It does not appear to be a great predictor despite my belief that it is the best tool for increasing absolute strength. Once the results are in this year we can compare which WOD/Lift best correlated to how it turned out. Should be fun.

5. sevan wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:20 AM


What would the women look like with that scoring ?

And yes, Kyle Kasperbauer is a BEAST!

6. Kieran wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:25 AM

These numbers are "entertaining".

Care to bet that most of the guys don't train backsquats regularly? There's something wrong when my number (me = fat, old) would make the top half of the games field.

The scoring change is necessary to allow long-duration exercises. I'd expect the last workout of Saturday to take a while. Of course, Dave Castro knows people are thinking that, so it won't be like that.

BTW, is there a reason that I can't seem to select the data from these PDFs to copy into Excel?

And what's the over/under on the number of visits of Pukie over the games?

7. Brent Hilton wrote...

July 8, 2009 11:51 AM

Aaron - I completely agree ... the top athletes are the top athletes!

Sevan - scoring last years event the same as this years shows the Top 10 ladies as:

1 - T Wagner (14)
2 - C Matter (18)
3 - G Mounsey (31)
4 - J Gentry (37)
5 - L Dibiase (38)
6 - R Voigt (43)
7 - T Holmes (45)
8 - J Orr (50)
9 - C Chan (57)
10 - C Hamilton (62)

Similar to the mens heat ... interesting that in both the men and women competition - the second place finisher would have taken first. Note: With the 2009 scoring, Cherie Chan would have placed 9th (actual 15th in 2008) and Robin Lyons would have placed 13th (actual 8th in 2008).

BTW ... awesome film man ... loved it!

8. GW wrote...

July 8, 2009 1:07 PM

Man, one of the last things Ricky said made me cringe and feel physically ill.
"Wait until word reaches these guys that there will be money to be made in CrossFit."
Talk about all the wrong reasons to get into Crossfit. I hope this issue with the money doesn't take over and ruin the community.

9. pat wrote...

July 9, 2009 12:28 PM

I agree with Josh except it will be less than 5 years until these performances jump off the chart. Also dare I say that the top 10 in less than 5 years will not include any names we are currently familiar with.

10. pat wrote...

July 9, 2009 2:51 PM

I agree with Josh except it will be less than 5 years until these performances jump off the chart. Also dare I say that the top 10 in less than 5 years will not include any names we are currently familiar with.