Chris joined Barbarian Crossfit in March of 2016. At the time, he weighed 270 pounds and had just been declined by a life insurance company because of his poor health. Chris fit a lot of the stereotypes of former athletes who stopped exercising, started working a desk-job, and didn’t change their diet to match their change in lifestyle.
The first couple of months were a struggle physically for Chris, but the amazing community at Barbarian and the desire to better himself kept him coming to classes on a frequent basis. Over time, he started improving at the workouts (they never get easy), he felt better, and the results showed on the scale and in pictures. Over the course of a year at Barbarian, Chris lost 60 pounds, and started feeling confident enough to compete in local competitions.
In December of 2017 Chris wanted to give back to the Barbarian community, so he talked to Coach Adam about coaching. Adam thought it would be a good idea, so in January of 2018 Chris attended the CF-L1 seminar and attained his Level 1 Trainer certificate. He is passionate about helping others make the change that he did a couple years ago.
CrossFit Level 1-2018
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran- There is just something special about a 3-minute workout that can leave you in the fetal position.
Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Diane- I hate staring at the wall waiting for my shoulders to recover enough for me to do more handstand push-ups.
Favorite Barbell Movement– The Snatch- I’m honestly not great at snatches, but it’s such a complex and nuanced movement that I can’t help but love it.