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Your King of the Point for February is Chris Casey. Chris is an amazing athlete who has patriotically served our beautiful country. Chris is athletic, humble and always willing to put in the extra effort. We are super proud that in such a short amount of time he’s learned the bar and ring muscle up. Thank you for trusting us and making us part of your day. Congratulations, Chris!

We’ll honor King Chris with his very own workout!

Learn more about King Chris below:  

 

What brought you to East Boston?

I grew up in Massachusetts but lived all over the place since I went to college.  I came back to mass in 2012 and moved to East Boston in 2013, I was looking for a condo in and around Boston for a few months and found a great building here in Eastie and have been here ever since.

 

What drew you to CrossFit? 

I live right down the street from CJP, I have walked past a million times while walking my dog.  After a few years of hectic work travel I finally decided to stop by and check it out.  I was getting bored with my normal gym routine and felt like CrossFit would be a good new challenge.  Growing up playing hockey then spending a few years in the Army I was familiar with the concept of working out as a group or a team and I think I missed that over the last few years.  Since starting at CJP I have really enjoyed the community aspect, the coach support, and camaraderie/competitiveness of all the athletes.

 

What was your expectation on your first day at CJP? How has your perception changed since that day?

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I figured it was going to be different and I knew it would be a challenge.  I would say since day 1 I have come to realize that CrossFit and CJP really are for everyone, we all come to class each day with our own strengths/weaknesses and everyone has customized goals for their health and fitness.

 

What keeps you coming back to CJP?

 The coaches and the other athletes help to keep the workouts fun, varied, and competitive.  I usually come to the weekday 6 am class, despite the early hour, it’s a great way to start your day.  I like the Saturday 9am class as well because I get to see athletes and coaches from the other classes.

 

What are some of the changes you have experienced in your physical appearance, strength and/or body composition. How have you used this outside of the gym?

I feel stronger overall, but I think the biggest thing for me has been working on mobility.  I never focused much on mobility other than some stretching here and there.  After my first meeting with Javy he helped identify some potential areas of focus.  I still have challenges with front rack and overhead positioning but I keep trying to make incremental improvements.  Highly recommend RomWod!

 

Biggest improvements/struggles with CrossFit?

I remember during the CrossFit 101 class I legit could not jump rope, I had never jumped rope my entire life.  With some help from the coaches and other athletes I am now doing double unders.  Mobility is still an area that I am focused on improving, but I am now more confident in most of the movements, I was excited to check off ring and bar muscle ups this year (although both need a lot of work to be more consistent/confident with the movements).  Next on the list is hand stand pushups.

 

If you could create your own WOD, what movements would you use? Maybe a long amrap with lower reps of thrusters(3), pull-ups(5), Cleans(7) toes to bar(9)……something like that!?!?

 

Meat head nickname (with explanation)? 

“The Mechanic” it’s more of a golf thing than a meathead thing but it sounds kind of like a meathead nickname (no offense to actual mechanics!).

 

If you were to encourage someone on the fence of joining the CJP community, what would you say?

Just give it a try, you will wish you started earlier.  I wish I had started as soon as I moved to the neighborhood….I might be doing HSPU by now!

Long Live King Chris! 🙂