Speal: Rocky Mountain WOD #2

June 14, 2009 12:01 PM

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Sevan Matossian sends us this video of Chris Spealler, filmed at his affiliate, CrossFit Park City, in Utah.

Spealler will be competing at this years CrossFit Games, and decided to try the second workout of the Rocky Mountain Regional Qualifier. The workout was:

3 Rounds for time of:
10 Chest to bar pullups
10 Front Squats (165#)
10 Burpees

Even with a body weight of only 139 pounds, Speal can still crush it. The top times for this workout in Denver were Matt Chan with 3:12, Ricky Frausto with 3:45, and Kyle Kasperbauer with 3:54.

Speal, Rocky Mountain WOD #2... [wmv] [mov]

16 comments on this entry.

1. MarcusG 5'9" 165 wrote...

June 14, 2009 12:28 PM

Good job Speal, that's a great time!

2. Go Blue Hens wrote...

June 14, 2009 1:05 PM

Chalk... chalk... puke. Nice.

3. Joe Westerlin wrote...

June 14, 2009 1:49 PM

Good sh** Chris.

4. tater wrote...

June 14, 2009 5:53 PM

I believe that was the as rx'd weight of 165, not just 135.

5. Shane M. wrote...

June 14, 2009 7:37 PM

135 at 5'3"(?) with very low body fat isn't very light.
Look how fast and how little he is affected by pull ups and burpees.... he has obviously chosen speed in those over increasing body weight to 145 and having additional strength. Either way, he will do well at the games... I don't care what they are, he is simply a superior athlete to most.

He has 165 on the bar. bar+35x2+25x2=45+70+50=165

6. D. CROOKS wrote...

June 14, 2009 8:00 PM

7. Shane S wrote...

June 14, 2009 8:49 PM

8. Pat Sherwood wrote...

June 15, 2009 5:52 AM

Strong work, Chris.

I noticed that my burpees look quite different than yours.....mine are slow! haha

9. Ryan Brown wrote...

June 15, 2009 2:01 PM

This discussion about Speal's weight is really interesting to me. He has obviously made a conscious decision to stay in the 130-140 range. And I can't say that I blame him. His bodyweight movements clearly benefit greatly from this size. And he's been able to get strong enough at this weight to manage the heavy movements fairly well. I think he is a freak in the sense that most male athletes will find this "happy medium" at a place somewhere between 2.5 and 2.8 lbs of bwt per inch of height. He has found it at (a very lean) 2.1 lbs of bwt per inch of height. Out of curiosity, I would love to see him do a mass gain cycle and get up to 160 to see where that takes his performance. But, I won't be surprised if he never does this because, as they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And with his current stats it's hard to argue that anything about Speal, as an athlete, is "broke".

10. dan wrote...

June 15, 2009 3:06 PM

i think some people's bodies and bones structure just aren't conducive to putting on weight

excessive amounts of eating and heavy lifting could do the trick, but it could compromise overall health and fitness.

11. BrandonB wrote...

June 15, 2009 10:56 PM

Having done this WOD at the qualifier, I can honestly say... Chris, you're a beast pal! :-)

BrandonB from CrossFit Omaha

12. Marko replied to comment from BrandonB...

June 16, 2009 9:49 AM

GREAT WORK!! I also have done this WOD at the Regionals and you really nailed it. However, they were really watching that your chest touched the ground on every burpee. Of course had you done this you would have probably changed your time by a whopping 5 seconds.

You still crushed it!!

13. Ryan wrote...

June 17, 2009 9:44 PM

Man handled this workout. i did this workout last week and it killed me. The front squats are 25 below my BW and 30 above yours and you destroyed it...awesome job!!

14. Matt Sutterfield wrote...

June 19, 2009 10:04 PM

a thought on the weight... it's not always a decision to be at a certain weight. Everyone's biochemistry is different, and some folks have a a hard time putting on a few pounds because their body "wants" to stay light. I've been upping my food intake for awhile now (mostly whole milk), and my body just doesn't seem to want to leave the mid-170's range (at 6ft).

15. gaucoin wrote...

June 22, 2009 10:48 AM

I'm pretty sure Chris has actually put on some weight since the 2007 Games so I'd imagine if he wanted to be heavier still he would be. He's probably quite happy where he is, but I'm not him so I can't rightly say.

Funny story, I managed to spot myself in the background of this picture of Chris and Ricky. I look to be finishing my last pull-ups from the 'Fran' WOD. Yuck!

16. Kenny G. wrote...

June 26, 2009 11:22 AM

Wow, that was incredible. Chris handled some business. Does anyone know the name of the song he uses?