Definition of grunt work: basic, hard work, often physical, tiring work, that is necessary for something to succeed.

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Grunt Work was built by 8x CrossFit Games competitor, Chris Spealler, and Navy SEAL veteran and outdoor enthusiast, Andy Stumpf.

These two friends, through years of experience in fitness, recognized a gap in the fitness and outdoor community; a program that would build lasting strength for any endeavor – CrossFit, hunting, mountain biking, base jumping, Navy SEAL training, etc.

That’s when Grunt Work was developed. This type of training forces you to deal with the awkwardness of odd object movements, carries, static holds, and more, by recruiting muscles in new ways and forcing your body to work synergistically.

After testing this method they discovered that the brain tends to think in terms of movement, not specific muscles, and odd object training can help us get strong in powerful ways that are more primal. By training with objects that are imbalanced, awkward or unstable, we can improve our ability to control the unpredictability stressors and demands we face in competition or in life.

Grunt Work is a necessary for anyone looking to improve their overall strength and capabilities for ANY endeavor.

Chris Spealler

Chris is a former Division 1 collegiate wrestler, 8x CrossFit Games veteran, Affiliate Owner, and entrepreneur. He competed at the very first CrossFit Games in 2007, where he went on to collect a pair of Southwest Regional titles and three Top 10 finishes at the Games (2007, 2008, 2010), along with a “Spirit of the Games” award in 2010. His never quit attitude, heart, and work ethic have helped bridge the gap between the CrossFit community and the elite competitors. Chris now helps others achieve their own greatness by sharing his knowledge and experience through programming and coaching for Icon Athlete and Grunt Work.

Andy Stumpf

Andy comes from a world of tactics and precision. Throughout his 17-year career as a Navy SEAL, he has executed hundreds of combat operations in support of the global war on terror. Just a few of his awards and decorations include 5 Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Presidential Unit citation. Although no longer wearing a uniform, Andy continues to fight for the SEAL community and their families through skydiving and base jumping. He has set two world records in an effort to raise 1 million dollars for the Navy SEAL Foundation. You can find Andy on his podcast, Cleared Hot, and traveling the world searching for boundaries.