Road to the Games: Jeffrey Leonard

July 7, 2009 7:00 PM

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Thirty-three year old Jeffrey Leonard qualified first place at the NorCal Regional Qualifier. Amid amazing competitors and tremendous performances at the same site of the Games, Leonard emerged victorious. He is definitely a serious contender for this year.

He's been training hard. Josh Everett's record breaking Isabel, with a time of 1:11 is tough to beat. Jeffrey recently took the challenge.

Isabel - Josh Everett... [wmv] [mov]
Isabel - Jeffrey Leonard... [wmv] [mov]

17 comments on this entry.

1. Tyler Smith wrote...

July 7, 2009 7:54 PM

That. Was. Sick.

Good work

2. Kade wrote...

July 7, 2009 8:10 PM

I'm not taking anything away from Jeffrey cause that is incredible power. However when you watch his last ten and Josh's last ten reps, it reminds you of how amazing Everett really is. Good luck to both of you at the Games this weekend.

3. gaucoin wrote...

July 7, 2009 8:13 PM

Yar, that be scary...

4. gaucoin wrote...

July 7, 2009 8:17 PM

Yowza, that was scary!

5. Regs wrote...

July 7, 2009 8:19 PM

Josh is clearly a beast and has much cleaner reps but this guy is moving the bar much farther. If you measured total distance moved over a 30 rep WOD, he is doing 2-3 more reps worth of movement in basically the same amount of time. Now that is amazing. Show the big guys some love.....

6. ken c wrote...

July 7, 2009 8:27 PM

yep. strong dude no doubt. and moved well on that monster hill wod at the qualifier. damn.

July 7, 2009 10:12 PM

WOW, that was really close, Great Job Jeff!

8. sevan wrote...

July 7, 2009 11:07 PM

1 BIG REASON not to miss the 2009 Games ... Jeffrey Leonard

9. Kris Kepler wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:49 AM

a top 10 finisher!

10. CraigB wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:26 AM

Okay. I'm all for giving the big guys some love but lets keep things in perspective. People on this site always talk about how far the bar is moving and how the big guys have to move weight farther, but no one every mentions the weight.

At 185lbs Josh is moving 72.9% of his BW 30 times overhead.

At 230lbs Jeff is moving 58.6% of his BW 30 times overhead.

Just because Jeff is moving the bar further doesn't mean he's doing more work.

Great effort by both guys.

11. Bill replied to comment from CraigB...

July 8, 2009 6:17 AM

As defined by the laws of physics (and crossfit) he is doing more work. Work = Force x Distance so at 6'3" he is doing considerably more work.

At a higher body weight it's arguable which performance was more impressive, but there is no question Jeff was doing more work.

Great performances by both guys, excited to see what they have in the tank this weekend!

12. Eric replied to comment from CraigB...

July 8, 2009 6:29 AM

I understand your point, but Work = Force x Distance so by the physics-type definition Jeff is doing more work since he's gotta lift the bar higher to lock out. And you've gotta consider those extra few inches costing him a few hundreds or tenths of a second on each rep. But being heavier he also has more muscle mass to assist him in doing that work, so it kinda evens out. First place won't necessarily go to whoever does the most work or who generates the highest average power output--the stopwatch just measures who completes a given task fastest regardless of physiological difference.

Either way, once again each one of these competitors does a great job of making the rest of us feel weak and inadequate.

13. Nick wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:04 AM

Hey, I was just wondering, when did dissecting each person's workout become a part of the Community? I mean, Everett does 30 snatches in the time it takes most Crossfitters to do 10, and all we can do is talk about physics? If the reps are to Crossfit standards (FUll ROM), then that is that, who care who is taller, or who weighs more.

I am pretty sure that there is not a height or weight handicap at the Games-same weight, reps, standard for all

14. kenc replied to comment from Nick...

July 8, 2009 7:37 AM

because craigb stated something that was incorrect and eric and bill explained exactly why. the taller heavier guy absoultely is doing more work assuming the time to do the work was nearly the same. since it would be completely fucking boring to plug people's wod time, height, weight, leg and arm lengths into a formula at the end of each workout to determine a winner (and probably not fair and kind of nerdy) we just go with time.

15. kenc wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:56 AM

actually very nerdy.

16. CraigB replied to comment from Bill...

July 8, 2009 10:03 AM

I don't want to completely nerd out on anyone here nor do I want to turn this in to a huge physics debate, but a couple of you clearly do not understand the formula you are referencing. In physics we say that work is done on an object when you transfer energy to that object. For introductory thinking this is the best definition of work. However, it this instance the work formula only applies to the object (barbell) being lifted and does not factor in the mechanism (ht & BW of the individual) applying the force to the object. Even the power formula P=W/t fails to accurately capture the mechanism that is applying the power. So you are only partially correct, a 135lb barbell that moves from the ground to 75"in height is working more than a barbell that moves from the ground to 72" in height. It has absolutely no correlation nor does it accurately reflect the ability of the human mechanics involved with moving the weight.

For the instances of Crossfit the work and power formulas are interesting starting points for a discussion but they are incomplete formulas when attempting to determine human performance.

A more accurate formula would be based around Kinesiology which is the study of human muscular and skeletal movements which when properly applied, allows maximum efficiency of the skeleton combined with the muscles (power producers).

Nerdfest over.

17. Kieran replied to comment from CraigB...

July 9, 2009 3:13 PM

CraigB, you're SO CLOSE.

There are two things happening in the workout. One might be called "prescribed work" Usually, the load is fixed, but the range of motion/distance the load moves will vary depending on the athlete. In this case (Isabel), move 135lbs overhead (which is probably 84" high for Josh, and maybe 90" high for Jeffrey.)

So Jeffrey has to do more "prescribed work" for the exercise.

In addition, there is another quantity which might be called "total work". This is the prescribed work, plus any work required based on moving the athlete's body. Now, there are two variables: range of motion/distance the body moves, and bodyweight. Again, this is greater for Josh.

Coach is on tape saying that there appears to be an upper limit to the rate at which work can be done (aka power output) which can be sustained. Since Jeffrey is doing more work, he is going to be have a theoretical disadvantage in Isabel against Josh (but an edge against someone taller and/or heavier like John Welbourne.)