Meet Your Coach: Chris!

If you've met him, you love him... and if you haven't met him, you will. He's been known as the Governor of UB for many years, and through his time here has been an enthusiastic learner, competitor, community leader, mentor, and now, a bonafide Coach! Chris is still in the process of completing his internship here at UB, but this weekend he will be coaching his first classes on Sunday at 9:30am and 10:30am. 


How long have you been training? 

I have been training for many years which included  Muay Thai, playing baseball, running and CrossFit.

   If you could share just one piece of knowledge to someone just starting out in their fitness journey what would it be?      Get a coach and be consistent and disciplined in the movement. Learn the mechanics behind the movement. Just because you learned it off of YouTube doesn’t mean that you are doing the movement correctly. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who want to help and are more than capable of doing so.     

If you could share just one piece of knowledge to someone just starting out in their fitness journey what would it be?

Get a coach and be consistent and disciplined in the movement. Learn the mechanics behind the movement. Just because you learned it off of YouTube doesn’t mean that you are doing the movement correctly. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who want to help and are more than capable of doing so.

 

What is your workout program?

I train five days a week and my program consist of a training program developed by Josh Akiona of CrossFit 808 in Honolulu and by Shannon dePeralta of CrossFit 604 (Coach Shannon).

Do you play sports?

I swim for recovery on Sundays at the Y on the Embarcadero.

Do you eat a particular diet or follow a specific diet philosophy?

Yep. I weigh and measure my food and follow my macro plan developed by Ashley Smith, of Working Against Gravity and connect with Nikki Staley to make any tweaks ever now and then.

How often do you train?

Five days a week and occasionally six.

How often in training do you hit a new PR or acquire a new skill?

Hm. Over the past couple of years, I have really been focussed on learning to move better and move more efficiently. This really means getting after gymnastics and being focused on shapes (yes Shannon, I’m listening), and developing strength in positions via pause drills developed by Shaheen Hashemian aka ‘Shah The Monster.’

What do you find contributes to your fitness the most?

Having a plan prepared and knowing in advance what I am training.  Having an extensive warm up. Having a disciplined meal plan. Seeking out various coaches to make slight adjustments or to have eyes on you (shout out to CrossFit Dave, Sam Smith aka Drake, and Jon Hanna) and having a supportive community and friends (shout out to Kim, Cam, Quinn, Doc, Hayley, Steve, Sean ‘The Canadian’ Falconer, Sunli ‘The Situation’ Guo, Zoe, Jon, Max, Chelsea, Alfredo ‘I’m 1/4 Black’ Ramirez, Royal, Whitt, Lisa and Jeremy Reither, Jo and Britt, Terry ’Ter Bear’ Kezer, Mike ‘The Bicep Program’ Coutermarsh, Chad Kindred, Patrick ‘P-Dawg’ Bedwell, Marek, Skyler, Adrian, Loryn, Brigitte and Sach) and having some phenomenal coaches/friends along the way: Jenny, Jon Schoenherr, Nikki Staley, Steve Wong, James Kusama, Shann, Josh and of course, the one and only Coach Trent ‘T- Pain’ Simmons.

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What is your next strength /fitness/skill goal to be achieved?

Developing the resilience in muscular stamina to withstand slight injuries.  And legless role climbs and, consistent handstand push ups (to the [new] standard), handstand walks, better cycling in Thrusters and more strength in positions for my overhead squat.

What is your pie-in-the-sky health/fitness/skill goal? Also known as a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)

Hm...Training for Competition again? 

Have you ever been injured? How did you move past them?

In January 18, I sprained some ligaments in my ankle. During the initial x-ray, j learned that I had a broken bone in my ankle for close to 20 years (because of a former running accident).  To get past it and still train and compete in the Open, I have followed the protocols developed by Dr. Jon Ide-Don at SFCF and other rehab movements developed by MVMT_LAB in Vancouver, Canada. I was referred to both by Coach, Shannon, and as a result I have adopted a more lengthy warm up and mobilization protocol. Also, Coach Josh adds in various movement drills from different sources including Kate Galliett, John Wellbourn’s Power Athlete and Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell methods.