Chris Burgess

Each month we'd like to feature a different athlete here on the website. This is a way for everyone to get to know each other a little better especially if you don't workout in the same class. This month is Chris Burgess.

Chris and daughter Ellis

Chris and daughter Ellis

Chris is technically the very first member of CrossFit 43 North. I've been coaching Chris for over a year out of my garage. Since I moved all the equipment in my garage into our space here at CrossFit 43 North Chris has been working out here since the beginning of March and he was nice enough to answer some questions for me.

Where do you work? What do you do there?
Mission Aviation Fellowship. I wrangle, coerce, and smith words. These words then go into various publications, websites, and brochures. I also do social media (but who doesn't.)

And ... I play ping pong.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
A little over a year. But stepped up the intensity in the last couple of months.

What is your favorite movement?
Advanced power fork to mouth. AMRAP. (Seriously though, I like weighted bar dips.)

What has been a favorite workout you've done?
I really have enjoyed the workouts that involve several different movements for time. The first and last workout of the elements class is one that comes to mind. 200 m run 15-12 -9 squats, push-ups, ring rows and then another 200 m run. I saw a very big decrease in my time for this workout after three weeks of the element class, so that was fun. I also like the heavy days.

What movement do you hate?
Anything that tests my very limited flexibility.

What workout have you hated most?
Anything on the air-dyne (or "the devil's la-z-boy" as I call it.) We did a workout a few months ago that was just four rounds of 40 calories on the air-dyne as fast as possible. It was only about 4 or 5 minutes of total work, but I felt like my thighs were going to explode and that my lungs were going to fall out of my mouth. I have never been so out of breath and scared.

Why did you choose to start CrossFit?
I had played high school and college sports and love to mountain bike. As I have settled down a bit--gotten married, had a couple kids, and working a desk job--I started noticing that I was gaining weight and had other issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol. These were things that I had never dealt with before. I needed something that could help me get back into shape not just so I could do fun things like mountain bike again, but more importantly be around and active for my kids. Clayton offered to begin training me and I fell in love with the Crossfit model of fitness. It was one of the most challenging and effective things I had ever done--and it works for my busy schedule of working, being a husband and dad, and taking seminary classes.

If someone asked you "What is CrossFit," what would you say?
Crossfit is more than a workout program or an exercise. It is a sport, a community, and a new way of living. Crossfit, at its basest level, is a means by which I can be a better and more disciplined employee, student, father, husband, and follower of Christ.