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Rogue Vs AF Tahoe Throwdown

Roundtable in Tahoe: Managing Work, Rest and Intensity

Should CrossFitters Pace Themselves

With some of CrossFit’s top athletes in Lake Tahoe, Calif., for the Rogue Vs. Again Faster Throwdown, it was a great opportunity to throw the athletes into a room and get them talking with the cameras rolling.

In this installment, the competitors discuss the importance of recovery from day-to-day workouts and multiple workouts on the same day. The topic fuels some heated debate among the athletes.

“I think most people don't have a clue how to listen to their body,” Chris Spealler says. According to him, his wrestling background has given him a keen sense of his own ability and recovery needs. “I don't look at it as like I need to be exposed to all these workouts and just wear myself out. I know my body well enough that I know how I should feel every second of that workout.”

The debate continues over whether the stimulus of failure during a workout can improve overall work capacity and how to test that stimulus. The athletes also discuss when to put their bodies to the test.

“It's learning how to manage work and rest. That's a huge part of CrossFit,” Spealler says.

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5 comments on this entry

1. Matt F. wrote...

Chris Spealler is by far the best athlete on the planet.
He knows how to manage the pain and the clock to his advantage. I would love to see Chris win the 2011 games.

2. Billy wrote...

The best athlete on the planet? Prove it. Have him come win the decathlon. I doubt he'd come close.

3. Christian wrote...

The decathalon isn't constantly varied. It is the same movements time and time again. So is that a true test of fitness?

Why don't you have decathaletes come try crossfit or even try to get to the games?
I may admit you may be able to beat him at those 10 tasks, but everything else he is probably better than any decathlete at.

4. james wrote...

I dont think Lipson has any place giving advice to Speal here

5. John wrote...

Not trying to take away from Graham or Spealer, but Rich Jr, Froning is the best Crossfitter out there.


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