Athlete Spotlight: Chris Green

Name: Chris GreenDSC_0179

Hometown: Forney, TX

Age: 28

Occupation: Eating Disorder Counselor at CIGNA

When did you first start CrossFitting? I started doing CrossFit workouts on my own to supplement my half-marathon training in 2011.  I wanted to add some strength to give me a better edge in my runs.  I would do a WOD or two from the CrossFit main site on my running “off days” to build some strength.  The problem is I failed to account for the “constantly varied” approach and tended to cherry pick WODs.  I think I did Cindy once a week for about 3 months.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Garland? I signed up with CrossFit Garland in May 2012.  This followed the 2012 CrossFit Regionals in San Antonio.  I couldn’t believe what those guys and gals could do.  I have been a regular member ever since.

Favorite Benchmark WOD:  Fight Gone Bad: I love this because it is one of the longer WODS and incorporates many of my favorite movements.  I tend to perform better in WODs designed around stamina and endurance and at 15 minutes with no built in rest, this is perfect.

Least Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran. Enough said.  Anyone who has done Fran knows. For those who haven’t, imagine trying to swim with no arms.  That panic and difficulty breathing you are experiencing is Fran.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background. I ran cross-country and track in both high school and college.  In college I competed at both the NCAA Division I and III levels.  Post college I maintained regular running training with some kind of race every 2-3 months.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?  When I am not busting my but in the gym I tend to be pretty relaxed.  I enjoy reading, outside time with friends (read: sitting on a patio at a restaurant), and I just started making my own beer last summer.  I have made three batches so far and they have all been safely drinkable.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit Garland? Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  As I mentioned before I had been doing some CrossFit workouts on my own to supplement my running. I noticed great results just doing it on my own so I decided to join up with a box to get even better results.  My dad (Lonnie) had been involved with CrossFit Garland as a coach and encouraged me to join up.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit Garland (Before/After):  I have always been extremely lean and thin and have had a hard time gaining weight.  I have noticed that I have been adding healthy weight since I have been working out at CFG regularly.  I try to push myself really hard with every WOD and I have seen in pay dividends with my overall fitness and just feeling great in general.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I feel like I am more positive since taking on CrossFit.  I don’t know if it comes from having improved confidence, being in a better mood most of the time or what, but I feel like I have turned into an optimist since I’ve taken this on.  Maybe I just know I am ready for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Please share with us any of your favorite CrossFit/CrossFit Garland moments.  I think my favorite moments have come as a coach.  In particular there was one WOD that comes to mind immediately.  This was a WOD where members had to complete 100 DB snatches for time with 5 burpees every minute on the minute.  One of the members, Jay, got caught in the burpee whirlpool meaning he would complete his burpees and immediately have to start the next set of burpees without getting any snatches in between.  As a coach I began to start thinking up an escape plan for him.  Was I going to put a time cap on the workout to save him? Was I just going to tell him to quit?  Somehow Jay dug deep and cranked through his next set of burpees faster than any of his previous sets.  He then churned through the next few sets of snatches to finish the workout.  I have never seen someone get in such deep water during a workout and work their way back out of it.  To this day that is the gutsiest performance I have ever seen in a WOD.

Any advice for people just getting started in the CrossFit Garland tribe? We are a great group and a great community.  We don’t really have any strangers in our group and we try to make newbies feel welcome from the time they walk through that door for their first session.  I would say as long as you are able to check your ego at the door and are willing to work hard and have fun you will thrive at CrossFit Garland.

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