Spotlight Athlete-Chris!!

This week's spotlight athlete is Chris! You will most often see him at the 6:oo a.m. class. Read on to learn more about Chris' story!


When/Why did you first start doing CrossFit?

I started CrossFit Beyond in June of 2013. After Morgan Weinberg continually tried to get me to join CrossFit, I agreed to try the Albany Rowing Center and CrossFit Beyond event.

What fitness activities were you doing before?

Previously, I was a member of Planet Fitness. I was doing basic cardio and some lifting on the machines. After years of going, I wasn’t seeing the results I was looking for.

What results have you seen since you joined CrossFit Beyond?

Honestly, I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life at 33 years old and I hope to continually get stronger. Since joining CrossFit, my endurance has increased and I’m able to push myself farther than I would have on my own.

What do you like most about CF?

CrossFit classes are very structured and that’s what sold me. When I was going to Planet Fitness I would do a little and then go home and I never pushed myself. The people at CrossFit Beyond are pretty great too. At CrossFit, there is a sense of community and everyone there wants you and encourages you to push yourself farther.

What is your favorite CF exercise?

Clean & Jerks and Handstand Pushups.

Your least favorite?

Thrusters are dreadful!

What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?

I’m happy to no longer have to rely on bands when doing pull ups and being able to kip. Doing the Rx weights in certain WODs feels good too, although I can't do the Rx weight for every movement.

What CF goal are you working towards?

I need to get better at double unders and really focus on using my hips to get better at thrusters. But ultimately, my goal is to be able to do the Rx weight in all WODs instead of only being able to do it in certain ones.