I want to keep this note as purposeful and succinct as possible. I have a very hard time with these types of things, so please bear with me. June 30th (next Tuesday), will be last day as a full-time coach at Ballston CrossFit and CrossFit Route 7. When I moved down to the DMV area last August, I was really nervous about “finding my place.” I left my family and everything I grew up around in New York to be with and start my life with the woman I love. Professionally, as a coach, I knew I could find work, but I was anxious about the connection I could garner in such a new situation and environment. After jumping around a bit for a couple of months to make it work, I was lucky enough to meet with and discuss the possibility of learning how to coach, lead and participate in the awesome Ballston CrossFit community with Tucker. After a few weeks of daily preparations, observing, studying, practicing and crash-course experience, I assimilated into the full-time coaching position at BCF, with plans in motion for the opening of Tucker’s second location at CrossFit Route 7. Fast forward seven months to today and I can confidently say that because of the athletes, people and communities of these two gyms, I have grown more as a coach, person and athlete than ever before in my life. I am forever thankful for all the early morning sessions (with salsa and without), lunch time 80’s pop throw-downs and evening jams at both boxes.
Being able to work with so many inspiring people daily is truly my greatest blessing and it makes me emotional to think that I’ve made this decision on my own to leave all of that. However, I’m a firm believer in the importance of goals and having a definitive purpose. With progress and improvements, comes the need for an adjustment in goals and a clearer understanding of that purpose. I have made this decision to leave for two main reasons. The change will allow me to stay balanced in the fitness world that I love all aspects of. I will be stepping into a position that will allow me to pursue my goals as a personal trainer and sports performance coach, in addition to being a CrossFit coach. The second reason is the step back from the full-time, coach/manager position will allow me more time to focus on my own training. I full-heartedly want to make a push competitively to see how far I can go and what heights I can reach in CrossFit, GRID and weightlifting. While I still have the flexibility in my life to do so, I plan to attack this 100%, give it my all and leave nothing left to ponder and wonder “what if.” I always make those corny social media posts with the ever-present hashtag of #loveyourlifeorchangeit and I believe in that completely. I will still be around training and coaching part-time in the future, just not as much for now.
I am so thankful for all of your attention, support, patience and love. I love every single one of you and I have only wanted the best for all of you from day 1.
I can’t put into words how lucky I feel and thankful I am for the opportunity, care, patience, guidance and friendship I’ve received from the coaching staffs and from Tucker. It seriously takes a village and that’s evident in the overall awesomeness of BCF and CFR7 on their own, and together as a box family.
Don’t be a stranger, and if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to email me or message me! I will always help in any way I can. Love you all!
– Coach Chris
Back squat, find heavy double or triple (depending on experience and technique)
Back squat, find 1RM
Fitness & performance:
5 rounds for time:
25 double unders
15 walball shots, 20/14*
5 box jumps, 32/26
*if you break during your wallballs, you must add 5 wallball reps to that set