Chris Walsh, August 2019 Athlete of the Month Talks About Health and Longevity
There are so many reasons why we agreed that Chris deserves to be the CrossFit Salus August 2019 Athlete of the Month. Walsh has been a Salus athlete since the very beginning. And after some time off, he’s been back and attacking the workouts with Coach Steve to improve his health and longevity.
One of Chris’ best attributes is his insatiable drive to succeed. He’s positive, hard-working and always eager to kick some serious butt at the box. He shows up for each of his sessions with the right attitude…to be better than HE was the day before, not comparing himself to others.
These qualities have been the foundation of his ample success in and out of the gym.
Meet Chris Walsh…
When and why did you start CrossFit?
I began CrossFit in October 2013, after my good friends Pat Chanod and Chris Mulvaney joined CrossFit Salus and encouraged me to do the same. They explained that CrossFit was different than any other kind of gym setting they had ever experienced.
I wanted something different at the time and I wanted to get into the best physical shape.
How has your performance changed since you started CrossFit?
I have definitely improved in countless areas since originally starting. When I first started, I couldn’t do much correct. But, after being able to accomplish unbroken dubs, muscle ups, handstand pushups, etc. it is unbelievably rewarding. This is one of the things that makes CrossFit unique.
There are always new things to learn, new limits to push and new goals to chase. I am always looking for new ways to improve and accomplish more.
Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Pretty much everything in CrossFit is a progression. All of the lifts and exercises are not learned over night. And even when you think you have them all down, you want to improve your technique. So along the way, I have picked up tons of things I couldn’t do when I started.
Tell me the impact that CrossFit has had in your life?
CrossFit has definitely improved my lifestyle in many ways.
I have more energy these days that before CrossFit and I am much stronger and sharper.
CrossFit keeps me accountable.
I want to eat better, sleep better and keep myself healthier so that when I show up to class, I perform better.
How do you describe CrossFit to your friends?
Best and most intense workout of your life, each and every day. Great sense of community and camaraderie.
It can really change your life for the better.
What keeps you motivated to continue?
I want to stay fit, healthy and strong for many reasons.
Having a healthy life and enjoying longevity are important for my business and my family.
Favorite lift or WOD?
Fran and Annie are probably my most enjoyable. Nonstop and always trying to shave off even a few seconds each time.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Salus?
Don’t be intimidated to try CrossFit and don’t be afraid to fail at something.
The hardest part sometimes is simply showing up. And if you can do that, you are way ahead of 99% of the population.
What is your next goal to accomplish?
I took a year off from CrossFit and have been back in the gym consistently week after week for the past 4 months.
My next goal is to get my muscle-up game back to where it was.
Each week I am getting closer.
It has been a fun journey back.
If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
21 (50 dubs) 15 (50 dubs) 9 (50 dubs)
Handstand pushups, pull ups, pistols
Dubs in between
Favorite thing to do for fun?
Hang out and laugh with my two crazy little girls.
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Favorite motivational quote?
“Whatever you can do or think you can do, Begin it! Action has Magic, Grace and Power in it.”