February 2019 Athlete of the Month, Chris!
Published February 1, 2019
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
- What was life like before you became a member?
Life before KCF (like there is such a thing) was pretty standard; an endless cycle of gym, work, and social life. I was always pretty active with working out, but like most exercise routines, I hit a plateau where gains were minimal. I always liked to push myself and try new routines at the gym, via YouTube or an exercise app, but even then, I found most routines boring.
- At the time you enrolled, were you already exercising? What was your previous background in fitness?
Before I started KCF, I would spend upwards of 3 hours in the gym 4-5 days a week. I would do multiple free weight and lifting regimens as well as running, swimming and spin classes. I always liked physical activities and kept a pretty consistent gym schedule. However, working out alone always seemed to fall short for me. Without people there to challenge you or help you though the tough sets, you never get those last, super hard reps, which usually are the most important ones.
- What originally prompted you to seek us out?
Originally, I was going to a military course called “air assault” which is an 11-day school focused on military air movements of troops and equipment. The first 3 days are an absolute hell of non-stop running, squats and push-ups (meant to break you down and make you quit). One of the obstacles in the course was a rope climb, which I hadn’t done since high school and was unable to complete in the practice course. I came into the box and explained the situation to coach Tim, and he got me on a rope, gave me a ton of tips and tricks and had me hitting the top within a week. He suggested I give CrossFit a try up until the course started just to give me an extra fitness edge, which was the best decision I’ve ever made. I succeeded at my school, was really enjoying working out at the box and just never left.
- What was your goal when you originally signed up?
My initial goals have changed dramatically since I joined. At first, I just wanted to pass my school. Once that was done, I was focused on getting dubs. After that I wanted to get 15 strict pull-ups. Then I wanted to improve all my gymnastic moves. One of the things I love about KCF is that my goals keep updating past lifting heavier. I like developing more of the technical movements.
5. What have you liked best about working with us?
The best part has been you all (go ahead and pat yourself on the back, I won’t tell). The main reason I stayed after my school was complete was all the members of KCF. I love seeing all of you everyday. I love seeing your PRs on sugarwod. I love our outings and social events. I like being in the company of likeminded individuals. We are all of us very different but have a passion for fitness and strive to improve ourselves every day.
6. What are you most proud of achieving since you started?
I see a better version of myself everyday that I come to the box. I have completed some good goals and I have more in sight on the horizon. I’m happy I can crank out about 20-30 dubs in a row and tomorrow it’ll be 30-35. I am proudest of how far I’ve come and how far I’m going to go.
7. With everything that you have accomplished, has your view of yourself changed?
My view hasn’t, but other people’s view has. I like being a person that people view as fit. Arnold Schwarzenegger noted in his book that being fit says so much to people without ever saying anything. It shows you don’t quit when things get hard, and you make sacrifices for the best of you. I like to be viewed like this and try to maintain this mindset everyday. Also, I want to be a person that Mr. Baby wants to become. He is getting a great fitness head start!
8. What would you say to anyone else who might be dealing with any similar struggles you did?
Don’t give up. Pick up that gym bag and get in the door. No one cares what you look like or what you can do. We are all of us here to improve ourselves and there is no judgment in here. I know you’re tired, sore, and hungry but don’t stop now. You’ve come so far and done so well, just keep pushing.
9. Do you have any special moments/memories?
I could fill the whole two pages with just this. There are so many to mention. I’ll just keep it short and say I always love seeing people set PRs and do new incredible things. I loved seeing Jess get a muscle up and Madonna getting singles and start work on doubles. I love days when I beat Alex’s time, but I always laugh when he beats me too. I love chasing Paul and Andy down, trying to beat them in reps or rowing. Angela melted my heart when she made me a special tiramisu because I was away for Memorial Day. I loved crossing the finish lines with Julie, Kelly, Novoa, and all of the other Spartans. We all know, we make new memories everyday and I’m glad I’m here to share them with you all.
10. What is your favorite movement/lift?
It’s all about the deadlift and squat days. But I’m always up for Murph as well.
Oh sure, give me the short month.
SUCK IT NERDS!!
(ha, you read this whole thing in my voice)