The Weekly Dose of Awesome

This is what you need to know: The process is never ending, growth is lifelong. That sums up Chris. He's been at it since the "OG" days but still treats everyday as a learning opportunity. When class ends, Chris can be found doing extra credit skill work and cool down mobilizing in the back. This in my book, is what makes Chris awesome. Chris' hunger to learn and improve is eternal. Cheers my friend.

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Name: Chris Haire

Nickname / Alter Ego: My wife calls me "Pookie Bear" :P

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Occupation: CTO of LiveCanary, which I recently co-founded with 2 colleagues from a former job.

When did you first start CrossFitting?: Summer of 2009

When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?: July 6th, 2015

Favorite WOD: Helen

Least favorite WOD: Kalsu

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? When my wife and I started dating, we were looking for a gym that we could work out together at. I had heard of Crossfit and found group personal training a great way for me to get to the gym already. Conveniently between my work and my wife's house was a Crossfit gym, so we gave it a shot. I worked out there until we move to Baltimore and after an injury, stop Crossfit until starting back at UB. A friend talked me into doing a marathon and that finally got my off the couch and back to training.

What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? It's made a morning person... I use to struggle to wake up before 9am, and now, I really enjoy the mornings at the gym before work and life gets crazy. I really enjoy working out with the coaches and regulars in the morning at UB. I also never thought much about gymnastic movements and mobility, and now have a new-found respect for them.

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What is your secret talent? My cooking skills... I won my wife over with raspberry red wine sorbet.

Pick a super power you would like to have: If I could have the powers like the Bradley Cooper has in "Limitless", that would be pretty awesome. I'll settle for being able to do a muscle-up, though.

Favorite shower song: Anything from Kanye West or Jay-Z

Biggest phobia: Spiders

Favorite cheat meal: Beer... definitely enjoy a good IPA