Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

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“I do CrossFit just because I love it. I do it for the health and longevity. But, that looks very very different. I really do, and I am passionate about telling people about it because, CrossFit as a sport has a lifespan. It does not promote longevity.”  Chris Spealler

Chris Spealler is a seven-time CrossFit Games athlete, coach and owner of CrossFit Park City, long-time member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff, husband, and father of two. Chris discovered CrossFit and his passion for competing in the sport following his collegiate Division 1 wrestling career. He has competed in CrossFit since 2007, collecting two Southwest Regional titles, three Top 10 CrossFit Games finishes (2007, 2008, 2010), and winning the Spirit of the Games award in 2010. After the Games in 2014, Chris has made the decision to retire from competition and instead “train for life,” but with the introduction of the Masters 35-39 age group category he will once again find himself on the big stage in 2017. Chris holds a love for the outdoors, mainly skiing and mountain biking, and he has been using his newfound free time to enjoy these hobbies and more time with his family.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Chris’ background in wrestling
  • Finding his direction after college while spending time outdoors in Utah
  • The “sport” side of CrossFit and how it drew him in
  • His early days of doing CrossFit at the globo gym
  • The evolution of CrossFit as a sport and a community
  • Chris’ favorite competition memories
  • His decision to retire from competition in 2014 and the goals he set for his final season
  • What his life has been like now that he’s training for life
  • Chris’ perspective on CrossFit as a sport vs. CrossFit for longevity
  • Three things Chris does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing Chris struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Chris

You can follow Chris at his website or on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 05 – Men of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team

Ep 33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

Ep 41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: Chris talks about how we don’t all have to have the same “why” for training as top Games athletes like Mat Fraser. What’s your “why” for training? How does this “why” shape your training regimen and the decisions you make?  Let me know in the comments below!


Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

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“There was a group of us…and we often would workout together. But it was such trial and error back then. They would give us some workouts, see how it went. And we were always kind of racing each other. But it was still so new. We knew it was a great workout and that’s it. We didn’t have any idea what revolution we would be a part of.” – Annie Sakamoto

Annie Sakamoto is a mother of two children, four-time CrossFit Games athlete, owner of CrossFit Santa Cruz Central and one of members of the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA. She began her CrossFit journey in 2004 when she was introduced to Greg Glassman and since then has trained, competed, and coached, bringing a veteran perspective to the ever-changing Sport of Fitness. She has competed in the team, individual, and masters divisions of the CrossFit Games and was awarded the “Sprit of the Games” in 2011. She is known as one of the original Nasty Girls alongside Nicole Carroll and Eva T., who paved the way for future generations of CrossFit women by performing muscle ups in the named workout. She’s also one of the few women to have a workout named after her with the classic couplet of double unders and sit-ups known as “Annie.” In her spare time, Annie enjoys surfing and spending time with her family in Santa Cruz.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Teaching cardio kickboxing, and her intro into CrossFit by Eva Twardokens
  • Annie’s first CrossFit workout and the early days in Santa Cruz
  • How the workout “Annie” came to be named after her
  • Her transition training to coaching
  • Her experience as part of the early CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff
  • What led her to transition to owning and running her own affiliate
  • How competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games changed her perspective on competition
  • Being a role model for her children and what drives her to compete
  • How her approach to training for competition has changed over the years
  • A day in the life of Annie
  • Three things Annie does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Annie’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

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You can follow Annie on Instagram and Facebook.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 03 – Lindsey Smith on Competitive Drive and Finding Balance

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games and the Future

Ep 29 – Dave Castro on Applying Lessons Learned as a SEAL, His Daily Routine and Directing the CrossFit Games

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”

Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: In this episode, Annie tells us that the “girl” workouts were named after people because they included movements that were considered their weaknesses. If there were to be a workout named after you, what movements would it include?


Ep 58 – Nicole Carroll on the early days and preserving the culture of CrossFit

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“I’ll never forget that. It was recent too – or at least within the last couple years. Someone asked – Greg was doing a Q+A at a Level 1 and one of the participants asked, ‘What’s the most important thing?’ – I don’t know if they said learn or do or know as a trainer. And he just said, ‘Care, care, and care. Everything else you can learn.’ And it’s really true.” – Nicole Carroll

You may know Nicole Carroll from her most recent role providing tips for the workouts each week of the CrossFit Games Open, or as CrossFit‘s Director of Training and Certification. She also happens to be one of the early members of Greg Glassman’s original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, CA. She helped to pave the way for generations of CrossFit females to come by performing muscle ups in a video of a workout called Nasty Girls alongside Annie Sakamoto and Eva T, and the workout called Nicole that you’ve probably done before – that was named after her. Since that time, Nicole has been a leader in the development of the CrossFit Training and Certification department and the preservation CrossFit’s core mission and culture even as the movement has grown tremendously over the past several years.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Nicole’s background in the arts and yoga and her move to Santa Cruz, CA
  • The original CrossFit gym and the early days of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar
  • What led Nicole to take a leadership role in CrossFit Training
  • How Nicole’s role and the Level 1 have evolved evolved over the years
  • The “Nasty Girls” workout
  • Body image and CrossFit
  • How the workout “Nicole” got its name
  • Nicole’s perfect day
  • Words of advice to someone starting CrossFit today
  • Three things Nicole does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Nicole on Instagram and at CrossFit.com.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 21 – Pat Sherwood on CrossFit, the Games and Quality of Life and Longevity

Ep 28 – James Hobart on teaching, competing, and the real purpose of CrossFit

Ep 29 – Dave Castro on Applying Lessons Learned as a SEAL, His Daily Routine, and Directing the CrossFit Games

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease, and the “5 Buckets of Death”

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: I’ve always looked up to Nicole as a strong female role model in CrossFit, not only for her physical ability but for her leadership and steadfastness in preserving CrossFit’s core culture. Who is a female that you look up to? Tell me more about her in the comments below.