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#62 - Chris Spealler On The Evolution Of CrossFit, The Glock Controversy & Finding A Good Medium

A former college wrestler from a family of standout athletes, Chris Spealler quickly became one of CrossFit’s leading ambassadors, impressing and inspiring newcomers to the sport with his underdog spirit, unequaled work ethic, and warm personality. A competitor at the very first CrossFit Games in 2007, he would eventually collect a pair of Southwest Regional titles and three Top 10 finishes at the Games (2007, 2008, 2010).

To start, Chris talks about how he got into CrossFit. Next, he talks about the things that now shape his current life, and a short look into five years ago. Chris then talks about what made him decide to start having a coach as an athlete. He then compares what CrossFit was like back then from now, and talks about its evolution over the years.
Next, we talk about gun rights and Chris’ thoughts on them for CrossFit athletes. Chris talks about daily workout routines, and he shares with us what a day looks like at the end of a competition. We also ask him if he enjoys his training before he starts talking about what things are like before regional competitions.
Things get interesting as Chris starts to talk about how he prepares for upcoming events. He also talks about what mindset he gets into when he’s competing in regionals. Finally, Chris talks about gymnastics and barbell movements.

For any aspiring athlete, this conversation is definitely worth a listen to. It’s interesting in more ways than one though, as it gives us a look at how a professional works and functions day to day, and in the main event. Another one for the books, guys!

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Show Notes:

  • Tommy’s tribute. [3:50]
  • Chris talks about himself on how he started CrossFit.  [06:15]
  • Things that shape Chris’ life now. [07:10]
  • How was your life five years ago? [08:57]
  • What made you decide to have a coach as an athlete? [10:05]
  • A comparison of CrossFit now and then. [14:10]
  • Evolution of CrossFit weightlifting. [15:55]
  • His thoughts on gun rights for CrossFit athletes. [21:25]
  • Chris’ daily training workout. [26:35]
  • What does your day look like on the last day of the competition? [27:30]
  • Did you enjoy your training? [29:40]
  • Training before the regionals. [31:45]
  • How do you prepare your workouts for upcoming events? [32:50]
  • Chris’ mindset when competing in regionals. [35;00]
  • Gymnastics and barbell movements. [37:05]
  • The worst moment for Chris in CrossFit. [40:35]
  • 6 from 6. [43:15]
  • Where is your favorite travel destination? [43:35]
  • What is your dream destination? [43:00]
  • What books would you recommend? [43:23]
  • Who is your biggest role model? [44:40]
  • What are the things that you do in your downtime? [45:30]
  • When you invite three people to dinner, who would they be? [45:45]

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Your weekly podcast exploring fitness, adventure and life. Hosted By Bill Kerr and Tommy Ahern, AdventureFit Radio focuses on bringing you interesting interviews from all realms of fitness, adventure and life in general.