Spealler on Steroid Testing

June 22, 2009 5:00 PM

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Sevan caught up with top games competitor Chris Spealler, and asked him what he thinks about steroid testing.

Spealler on Steroid Testing video ... [wmv] [mov]

19 comments on this entry.

1. Jay wrote...

June 22, 2009 5:45 PM

poor dog can't reach the ball at the end....

yes for steroid testing

2. Renee Lee wrote...

June 22, 2009 5:59 PM

lolz...the puppy was a great addition. thanks sevan!

3. Riley wrote...

June 22, 2009 7:20 PM

Speal, i'm 17 and about 140 lbs. You are an inspiration to me. One day I hope to be where you are. Good Luck in Aromas.

PS: How do you train for the heavy weights, given your weight disadvantage and all?

4. Ian wrote...

June 22, 2009 8:13 PM

I'd like to see a more open discussion of hormone therapy in the CF community, coming directly from those who use them. Unfortunately, PEDs are treated like a dirty little secret. Maybe we need to get off the self righteousness trip and take a more open look at this.

It is a well documented fact that as a man enters his mid 30s, the natural HGH and testosterone output diminishes. Workouts take longer to recover from. Injuries take longer to heal. Muscle is more difficult to build. Most any man in his mid 30s will attest to this. It is also quite clear that the use of hormone therapy by professional athletes has had significant anti-aging results, albeit with unknown side-effects. Athletes of today are frequently able to extend their peak performance well into their late 30s and early 40s, with markedly increased ability to heal from injury. While some may say that this is simply due to better dieting, etc., I speculate that most professional athletes performing at the highest levels of competition are using illegal supplements.

I am entering that stage of my life where my hormones are slowing down. The other day, I stumbled upon a local "Anti-Aging" clinic, and was quite astonished at how it is apparently legal to go get anti-aging hormone therapy under the care of a doctor. I have to admit, the idea of being able to slow the aging process and perhaps restore my levels to where they were naturally in my early 20s intrigues me, if it could be done with minimal side effects and with modest dosage. This would be a markedly different use of hormone therapy than the gluttony of a bodybuilder or NFL player, and something that could potentially improve fitness.

That said, I believe that hormone therapy is something that has no place in competition, unless everybody was completely honest and disclosed what they had used, which would be impossible to enforce. I support testing, yet only wish it was more infallible so that we could just all be more honest about the topic instead of living in this world of denial and self-righteousness.

5. Cameron W wrote...

June 22, 2009 8:50 PM

Totally agree that there should be testing, but...

...the dog totally steals the show in this video.

6. Michael Wiebe wrote...

June 22, 2009 8:57 PM

They totally rehearsed the dog part beforehand.

7. Guy wrote...

June 22, 2009 9:33 PM

I bet the dog is on PEDs.

8. pete wrote...

June 22, 2009 11:33 PM

Agreed. There is no way a dog in her 30's can maintain that kind of muscle mass. The 'roid rage' at the end is evidence enough.

9. ken c wrote...

June 23, 2009 5:20 AM


that is really damn funny! almost spit my coffee.


you know you could probably acheive the anti aging effects you want from steroids and still test clean. steroid testing catches people who want to cheat too much. the test is for a 5 or 6 to 1 testasterone to epitestasterone level. if its that high then its presumed you're juicing because no one has a testasterone level that high naturally. at lower dosage levels you would probably still test clean.

10. scott wrote...

June 23, 2009 10:37 AM

Pete -

Funniest thing I've read all week.

Thanks for that.

11. David wrote...

June 23, 2009 11:26 AM

My question is this...

Why would someone really be "juicing" now? If you look at the big picture, CrossFit is such a small community and very few people think of it as a sport, so why would they take steroids to be better at fitness?? I'm not naive to think no one is/has, but I just want to laugh at them for it. If there was potential to make hundreds if not millions of dollars, then I see how someone could convince themselves 'roids are a way to go. But just so a few hundred thousand people (the CF community) to know about you?? I find that to be as dumb as running from the cops.

12. Dan replied to comment from ken c...

June 23, 2009 1:18 PM

Ken, forgive me if this is a stupid question, but if that's how they test it why do people not just inject themselves with an amount of epitestasterone to get the ratio to the normal levels?


13. JoeM replied to comment from Dan...

June 23, 2009 2:36 PM

Correct Dan and thats what athletes did when the T/E ratio came into effect to cheat the system again. Testers would then claim foul when someones epitestosterone levels were too high but the athlete could then claim just naturally high testosterone levels again with the T/E ratio in balance.

If your interested in the subject, read Malcolm Gladwell's article on this


14. George wrote...

June 23, 2009 5:33 PM

Great post.As a male reaching my 40's, I totally agree, it is a lot tougher to recover. Half the guys on the senior PGA tour are on hormone replacement/testosterone and they are just swinging a club.

June 24, 2009 10:15 AM

Where outside of Philly are you from? CFG is in Hatboro-Horsham. Just curious.


16. Dominic wrote...

June 24, 2009 11:10 AM

What happened to the Josh Everett 'roid video? Why did that get taken down?

June 24, 2009 11:30 AM

Best cf video ever.

18. Christin Street wrote...

June 29, 2009 10:17 AM

19. Bronson wrote...

November 14, 2009 12:58 PM

I think it should be up to the discression of the person. It's kind of sad that the first to point others out usually have a guilty conscience. Personally I could care less if people decide to use PED's.