Posts Tagged ‘Chris Spealler’

This weekend, Mike Davis, Corbin Acuna and I went to the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games at the Home Depot Center in Carson.  Definitely inspirational.  The athletes were doing ca-razy things, pushing their bodies and minds to the limit.  Here’s some video of the action.

First, before and between events, we had plenty to do:

Here’s film of the Master’s events.  Folks, just FYI: many of these competitors are over 60 years of age, all of them over 45.  Proof positive that mom, dad, grandma and grandpa can still kick your tail.  Also FYI, those green military jugs you see the men carrying are 150lbs…each.  The ladies were carrying 70 lb kettlebells.  I like how the lady at the end totally eats it, but then gets back up and finishes the workout, no drama.

Notice a few things.  First, see how the competitors, after they finish their workout, stay on and cheer on their fellow competitors who haven’t finished.  Second, there is no “I can’t” for these folks.  They don’t play victim to the workout, and no matter if they are good at skills required or bad, they put up and give it their all.  These seniors do things we do every day.  Third, noticed how JACKED they are!!   Wrestlers, take notice…

Finally, here’s footage of the main individual division.  The bald guy (no relation to me) is Chris Spealler, a fan favorite.  A former wrestler, he weighs only 145 lbs, but competed in workouts that featured weights that were difficult for 200lb guys to lift….no complaint from him ever.  He just got the job done.  He didn’t do too bad: finished top 10.  My favorite moment was in the “monkey bar cage” workout, where Josh Bridges (the guy in blue) comes from out of nowhere to win it at the last second, passing the leader (in green) on the last turn.

Btw, the weight you see the women pushing in the push sled workout is 275 lbs…men had to do 375.

Reminder: the Crossfit Games is coming up July 29-31.  You should go.  Here’s some reasons why:

1) ESPN Magazine has called it “the best fifty bucks you can spend in sports.”  It’s a good show.

2) You and your wrestler will get to see the results of the methodology that is behind our strength and conditioning program.  Enquiring minds want to know…well, here you go.

3) Motivational.  I garauntee–or your money back–that your boy will come away from it motivated like never before to get off the couch, put down the video game controller, stop watching Family Guy, and go train harder, lift more, and generally murder anything that has weight within a 30 foot radius.   What parent doesn’t want that?  Seriously, there’s something about actually seeing it that inspires people.  When you see the athletes’ performances, their passion for fitness and overall mental toughness shines through, and you can’t help but be influenced by it.

4) I’ve talked about it before, but this methodology, more than any other strength and conditioning philosophy out there, meshes extremely well with wrestling.  The lessons you learn while wrestling the barbell, kettlebell, sandbag, or climbing rope when you’re so tired you can’t see straight carries over to wrestling.  I mean, listen to this guy talk about it, when he says at the end of the interview: “if it’s a cakewalk, it’s not fun.”  Isn’t that wrestling in a nutshell?   More than the physical adaptation, the boys adapt between the ears.  And again, you need to see it to get it.

5) Many former wrestlers will be competing….like Chris Spealler, who wrestled at Lock Haven back in the day.  At a little over 140 lbs, he’s a “little guy” in a sport where guys 40-50 pounds more than him are supposed to be the ones excelling.  He’s one of the best out there, proving that most obstacles these days are self-imposed.  I often hear many of the boys set up these imagined obstacles, and they take on a life of their own in their mind: “I can’t beat him, cuz blah blah blah…I feel bad today, so I just can’t perform…I’m a ‘little guy,’ so I can’t lift that weight and it’s unfair to ask me to” and on and on and on.  At the Games, it’s either put up or shut up, and guys like Spealler will…well…put up.  Here’s a video interview of him (no, he’s not my brother!).  Listen to him talk about “not being a victim” to workouts that he doesn’t like.  That’s a lesson most of our boys need to get:

6) And finally, there’s a life application to all this as well.  In CVHS wrestling, we look for character development that will extend past the mat, character that will stay with your son well after he hangs up his shoes for good.  Many wrestlers I’ve known have busted their tails in high school, only to totally hang up on fitness afterwards and live the sedentary lifestyle.  The health problems associated with such a lifestyle are often not too far behind for my former mat warriors.  CF is all about living long and strong…staying healthy into your 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s so you can be there for your wife, kids, and grandkids for a long time.  I’m not only hoping to inspire them to work like a horse for wrestling, but to stay fit and strong for the long haul.

Again again again, you need to see it to get it.  You can get tickets here.  Even if only for one of the three days, it will be worth it.