Occupation in addition to coaching: Firefighter
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? When did you start CrossFitting?
I played sports in high school and always stayed consistent working out in the gym and stuff. I decided to try Crossfit when Adam Shockey, another member at Big Horn, started and had awesome things to say about it. I started training at Bighorn in June of 2014. Prior to that, I had just used all the common excuses (too expensive, I’ll get hurt, not what I like to do) to keep myself away.
Take us back to your first WOD: My first workout was a Hero WOD called JT. 21-15-9 of HSPU, ring dips, and push ups. I modified the handstand push-ups to strict press at 95# and have never been so sore in my life. It’s what made me a believer because that workout is extremely unassuming.
Favorite WOD: Tough to say, but I’ll pick Cindy.
Least favorite WOD: I always dread to see the rows, but I know they’re good for me. I have to modify kettlebell workouts since my back locks up from when I crashed my skateboard in high school.
Favorite Big Horn CrossFit moments: Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? I have found that I just end up hanging out with my friends from work and the gym almost 100% of the time. I like working as a hobby. Sometimes I feel like “relaxing” in the traditional sense stresses me out worse.
What does coaching mean to you: When I first was asked to coach, I said no. I didn’t know what I had to offer to anyone. I’m the same as everyone else in the gym, I have good days and bad days. I struggle with motivation and I have a million things I need to improve on. But what ended up changing my mind was the desire to drive people to become better and do whatever I could to help them. It’s a cheesy thing to say, but after talking to the people who workout at Big Horn, nobody needed an Olympic athlete to coach them, we all just need someone who believes in us and can help clear up the obstacles that get in the way of our own journey. Getting to know each members capabilities has been a really fun experience. My favorite thing to do is “hassle” a member who is underestimating their ability and watching them achieve something that they were certain they couldn’t do.
What else would you like to share: I think it’s important for everyone to know that as a firefighter, my coaching schedule can vary widely, and because of that, I don’t always make it to every gym event, and sometimes I go a while without seeing every member. But I’m always in contact with the gym, and read every email that gets sent, so if you need me, you can always seek me out for whatever you need. Keep training hard!
This Saturday, May 9th 8pm. Support Coach Chris as he competes for his spot on the 2016 Fired Up For Kids! Firefighters Calendar. Reservations and details here. We love you Chris!