CrossFit promotes full-body strength while less time filling |

CrossFit promotes full-body strength while less time filling

When Chris Spealler ended his wrestling career after college, he was lost as to how to maintain the same level of fitness he’d achieved as an athlete.

A Marine friend introduced him to CrossFit, a training program used by soldiers, peace officers and fire fighters for total body fitness.

There’s a tendency for people to perform exercises that enhance their ability to do their favorite activity whether it be skiing or cage-fighting.

CrossFit exercises are based on "functional movement at high intensity" that helps people "play harder and longer," Spealler said.

His Marine friend loved this since he never knew if he’d be called upon to run a long distance, lift something heavy or be in combat.

CrossFit trainers believe people who specialize their exercises end up suffering in other areas.

"If a runner runs every day of the week, they get good cardiovascular, but their strength goes in the bucket," he explained.

Another thing that happens is boredom as workouts become methodical.

"I found CrossFit two years ago and really enjoyed it," he said. "The workouts feel more like sport and I noticed some awesome results."

Spealler had been working in bicycle and ski shops, but was so passionate about this program that he became certified and started his own.

On Nov. 8, Spealler will open his own gym in the Basin on Rasmussen Road by Burt Brothers and Sticks and Stones Furniture.

With his certification from the headquarters in Santa Cruz, Calif., Spealler is allowed to tailor his studio to fit the needs of his clients here, but the workout program is nearly identical to that in any of the other CrossFit gyms across the country.

"Park City is such an active community and people do so many different things, but people can get stuck in a rut of one type of training," he said.

The cross-training method employed by CrossFit builds strength needed for running, biking or skiing, but also makes bodies better adept at daily living.

Because the workouts are designed to build strength, they’re only about 20 minutes in length.

"You can’t push hard for longer than 20 minutes before it gets long, slow and methodical, so classes are shorter," he explained.

And because the activities are varied, and sport-like, participants get to know each other like a team and support one another in their fitness goals.

Client Senta Beyer joined Spealler’s classes after seeing him teach in the Field House. She said it looked fun and interesting. Since then, she’s made friends with the people in her group and said the program is "addicting" to her and her husband.

"It’s a great way to get in shape in a short amount of time using a strength-based regimen. I find it very boring to be in a gym pumping weights, this has more fun and excitement," she said.

As a certified trainer, Spealler teaches participants how to properly perform the unique exercises that make up the program. It’s one-on-one training at a fraction of the price of a personal trainer, he said.

Julie Minahan is a personal trainer herself and pays Spealler to do his workouts.

As an avid mountain biker, she said it gives her more power in climbing hills.

She was introduced to CrossFit through friends, but laughs that she’s hesitant to tell her biking friends about it for fear of losing that edge over them.

"All girls think they’ll get big butts and big thighs. I haven’t seen that with myself yet, it’s just made me faster," she said.

Mountain bikers like to be outside, she said, but this kind of strength training improves her core strength making her better at all sports.

"You work really hard for a short amount of time, you sweat, and you’re in pain, and then you’re done. It’s short and sweet," she said.

Russ Britton is a runner and said Spealler’s workouts have improved both his 5K and 10K times.

"I’m happy on all accounts," he said. "It’s been a great investment. My wife does it as well and we both enjoy it."

Grand Opening of CrossFit Park City on Nov. 8

Free introductory clinics will be held at 10:30 and 1:30.

The first month is $100 for three classes per week

2730 Rassmussen Rd.


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