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Conversations with a variety of people in the CrossFit community and beyond. Enjoy a cup of coffee or your drive with some education, inspiration, and entertainment along the way through shared experiences and information to give you the inside scoop.

Icon Athlete Podcast Chris Spealler

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 508 Ratings

Conversations with a variety of people in the CrossFit community and beyond. Enjoy a cup of coffee or your drive with some education, inspiration, and entertainment along the way through shared experiences and information to give you the inside scoop.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
508 Ratings

508 Ratings

Garretthardy ,

Shoulder Injury prevention and Conjugate for Oly

Chris and Doug,

Thank you for putting out some solid content. Cracks me up listening to y’all talk about pet peeves and just overall rants. I feel like you guys are probably the most genuine podcasters out there. Nothing is off the table, it’s organic and laid back, but still educational. My question is simply about how you as a programmer prevent injuries (mostly concerning the shoulders). Often I see a lot of CrossFit programming that involves going overhead all the time, or having certain exercises that involve the shoulders to frequently. I know that most injuries occur from exacerbating a previous injury, poor technique, lack of coaching, ego etc. However, I am curious on your thoughts on how you program Icon to account for overuse or repetitive movements to mitigate injury. My last question is do you feel that implementing the conjugate method in training can improve oly lifting. Also my pet peeve just to throw it out there, is the suicide bench grip. I don’t know why, but I cringe when I see people do it. They say it helps their bench feel stronger somehow and I want to tell them it won’t if the bar crushes your neck and you have to eat food from a straw. Anywhooo (getting off my soap box), keep up the solid content guys, also Ford Raptors are overrated. Thanks again Chris and Doug for the entertainment, keep the content coming!

-Garrett

Jimmer1234 ,

Did he just say that?

Hey Craig and Dan, long time listener, first time caller. Love the podcast and love the programming, but I have something much more important to bring up... I know I’m a few weeks late here, but can we just take a moment to relive and appreciate the fact that Chris said “hinnee hole” on the podcast? Truly a legendary move.

erinwork865 ,

CF culture in the Middle East

Hi guys, love the podcast; 5 stars. Just wanted to clear up some questions about CrossFit in the Middle East. I managed a CrossFit gym in Doha, Qatar for a bit. While the native population in Qatar is largely Muslim, and it's commonplace out in town to see men in traditional white robes and head dresses and women in black robes and head coverings, it's not the law of the land for everyone to dress that way. A huge percentage of Doha's population are expats; we had over 20 countries represented in our box. The majority of our classses were mixed gender. I would wear booty shorts, but neither men nor women were allowed to take their shirts off. Although this probably had more to do with the super swanky shopping mall in which we were located. Anyway, we also offered women-only classes for the native women. I loved coaching these classes. The women would come in all covered and kind of quiet; we'd close the blinds and cover the doors; then the ladies would shed their robes and these ATHLETES would freakin' THROW DOWN. It was the ultimate example of "don't judge a book by it's cover." These ladies were awesome. Anyway, I'm sure rules are different depending on what Middle Eastern country you're in, but my experience in Qatar was that folks worked out in environments that made them feel the most comfortable (male-only, female-only, or mixed), and that businesses catered to all of the above. But most of all - everyone, everywhere - loves the chance to get down and dirty and throw down. Fitness is an international language.

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