Athlete Rankings: Cindy

June 30, 2009 6:00 AM

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As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 air squats is another benchmark of CrossFit. A solid average for most is about twenty rounds complete. The athletes of this years CrossFit Games are anything but average.

Chris Spealler dominates this category with a whopping 38 rounds. For you math wizards, that means that Speal is completing 1140 repetitions of work within 1200 seconds, which means only 60 seconds total rest throughout.

On the female side, Gillian Mounsey and Charity Vale are both tied with 28 rounds.

Cindy Rankings - [Male] [Female]

29 comments on this entry.

1. Alfie wrote...

June 30, 2009 6:22 AM

One must note though that Speal easily cranks out more than one rep per second on pullups and pushups and therefore spends more than 60 seconds total rest throughout.

2. JakeB wrote...

June 30, 2009 7:18 AM

No excuses needed for Speal, he simply moves his body faster than anybody on the planet. He makes it look easy because he works his tail off and is perfectly precise, no leakage on any movements.

3. Scott wrote...

June 30, 2009 7:58 AM

I want to see what a 38 round cindy looks like.

4. Paul Szoldra replied to comment from Scott...

June 30, 2009 8:34 AM

Have you ever seen Spaceballs?

Speal probably goes straight to plaid.

5. dan wrote...

June 30, 2009 8:49 AM

can't wait for the 100 pullups video

i bet speal could do angie in 7-8 minutes

6. Russell Pettypiece wrote...

June 30, 2009 9:12 AM

Spealler is a freak...i'm 6'2" 200lbs and can rip off 28 rounds but I'm sore for a week after...38 rounds is ludacris speed(spaceballs)

7. pelon wrote...

June 30, 2009 10:11 AM

Im just curious if any of these are chest to bar times? As far as I can tell, the chest to bar standard is not one that people adhere to.

8. Eric replied to comment from pelon...

June 30, 2009 11:13 AM

Doubt it, because Cindy doesn't specify chest to bar. Speal might lose a round or two if he had to go chest to bar, judging by the fact that going chest to bar added about a minute to most of the elite guys' Fran times last year. Pullups only make up 5 of the 30 total reps for each Cindy round, so chest to bar would only add a few seconds to each set of 5.

9. Russell Pettypiece wrote...

June 30, 2009 12:18 PM

chest to bar is just the standard for the games...not for everyday workouts

10. Dan Rowling wrote...

June 30, 2009 12:42 PM

How about some photos of the other 150 other athletes.

June 30, 2009 12:48 PM


If the other 150 athletes are the top person for that category, we will certainly have their picture.

June 30, 2009 3:07 PM

I can understand that it was only specified a standard at the games, but why would you train anything less? As if the standard for the games are going to magically be reduced and they will allow chin over the bar pullups in the future. Isn't this about being as fit as possible? Train to be stronger, faster, harder? Why practice a movement that wouldn't suffice the standards of a competion you aim to compete in? It would be like practicing for a slam dunk competition on a shorter rim.

And I tend to think that doing chest to bar pullups would shave more then just a round or two off of someones total. Try do a max set of chin over bar pullups and then do a set of chest to bar pullups, I would find it hard to believe you only lose a couple of reps. I guess the only way we would find out whats true would be to have c2b cindy at the games.

13. George wrote...

June 30, 2009 3:20 PM

Could we get ink on Jason Khalipa? Seems like there has been profiles/vids on everyone but last years champ? (besides the initial athlete profile)

June 30, 2009 3:34 PM

is this gender specific too?

June 30, 2009 3:55 PM


We're rotating pictures, male to female. So today for example, for Cindy, we have Speal because he is the #1 male.

Tomorrow on the next athlete ranking, there will be a picture of a female.

Also, if they are a relative newcomer and weren't at last years Games, we don't have very many pictures of them. We will however, have plenty of pictures up on this site during and after this years Games of all of the competitors.

16. Eric replied to comment from pelon...

June 30, 2009 4:06 PM

Yes, going chest to bar would cut your numbers way down for a single max set, but if you're only going in sets of 5 it wouldn't be as big of a difference. Trust me, I know how rough they are...I've seen my Fran and Helen times get about 2 mins slower when I go chest high rather than chin high. But the Speals and OPTs are in a whole other league. On Cindy the elite guys are limited by metcon failure, not muscular failure, and if you can get your chest to the bar with a butterfly kip you're not going to be slowed down too much.

17. Chris wrote...

June 30, 2009 4:10 PM

Once upon a time, the default CrossFit pull-up was chest-to-bar. "The requirements for the CrossFit pull-up are simple yet tough to execute. The pull-up begins from a hang at full arm and shoulder extension and ends, regardless of grip, with the chest pressed tightly to the bar" ("Pull-ups," CFJ April 2003). It seems that the CF community shifted the standard in the quest for faster and faster WOD times.

18. Seth wrote...

June 30, 2009 8:23 PM

When I look at a list of rankings for a BODYWEIGHT exercise (like Cindy) and see such a dramatic difference between the men and women, I have to wonder if there shouldn't also be age categories. While the top women are a whole better than I am, we have to be honest; the top female competitors don't stand a chance against any of the top men. The women have a separate category so that they can show what they can do. Why not older dudes?

19. nick in sydney wrote...

June 30, 2009 9:45 PM

I'm sorry...38 sets of Cindy is ridiculous. Surely, that's about as fast as it's possible to go

July 1, 2009 12:18 AM

thank you for clarification.

21. ken c wrote...

July 1, 2009 4:36 AM


the idea is being kicked around and may happen soon. not sure why anyone would want to watch though.

22. Frank U wrote...

July 1, 2009 10:29 AM

good point Seth...for a main event like the games, why have an older category? Its the fittest man on the planet....Do we have the over 40 NFL, MLB, NBA, when the guys can't compete at the highest level anymore they can't compete. It is what it is.

23. mike wrote...

July 1, 2009 5:16 PM

I've completed 42 + sets on multiple ocassions with people there to verify. I've done 11 pull ups/16 push ups/21 squats every minute on the minute for 30 minutes too. That was a b!tch of a workout.

24. bingo replied to comment from ken c...

July 1, 2009 7:35 PM

From one old guy to another, funny, but so true, eh?

25. kam wrote...

July 1, 2009 8:08 PM

Incredible athletes and scores for this wod... my one question would be legitimacy of the pushup... I'd like to see what 30 +rounds of chest to ground, full arm extension pushups look like.

Everyone always focusses on the pullups and squats

26. Eric replied to comment from mike...

July 1, 2009 8:21 PM

42+?? If that's true you should 1) video and post it, sounds amazing; and 2) be competing in this year's Games. Did you go up for your regional qualifiers?

27. mike replied to comment from Eric...

July 1, 2009 10:27 PM

kam- I have short arms, so all I have to do is move an inch and I've already completed a legit push up.
Eric- I'm not really one for posting videos (I don't even like having pictures taken of my ugly mug). One of my friends always pesters me about recording workouts, so maybe I'll break down and get him to record me the next time I do this workout. I'm not going to compete in the crossfit games; I've got big things coming up here for me this summer. I'm not really a guy who's dedicated to crossfit either. I like to use other programs that are geared more for what I do on a regular basis. If you're going to be in the crossfit games, good luck. I've watched some videos and it looks like people have a lot of fun there.

28. mike wrote...

July 1, 2009 10:29 PM

woops, sorry for the double post.

29. Seth replied to comment from Frank U...

July 2, 2009 7:37 AM

Frank U -

I mean no disrespect, but Crossfit is an open source fitness revolution. The NFL and assorted leagues are about entertainment and making money . . . and there are most certainly no women playing in the NFL. :) If it's JUST about the very, very top performances, then we should cut the women out completely. After all, they scale many of the WODs. Right?

Why not include a more diverse group of people at the games? It's awesome to see strong women and it would also be awesome to see fit older dudes competing.