Athlete of the MonthMay

Chris Derix

Career: Psychologist

Years at CrossFit St. Charles: 1

Truly makes our community stronger

I have been married for 8 years and my wife, Heather, and I have two awesome kiddos, ages six and three. Most of my free time is spent with family, church-related activities, and drinking fancy beers. I have lost a total of fifty pounds since starting CrossFit in August 2018. Most of that weight has been after starting the RP diet with 1:1 coaching with Jessie.

  • What made you start CrossFit and what has kept you doing it? Has your motivation changed since you first started?

    I have a long history of unsuccessful attempts at eating better and working out consistently. Scott L brought up his interest in trying CrossFit and I told him I would join him. I knew I needed to make a major change and couldn’t go at it alone. My initial motivation was my commitment to Scott that I would do CrossFit and be consistent. This remains motivating, but my motivation has changed from “I have to” to “I get to.” I love the feeling of leaving the gym at 6 am knowing I have already accomplished something.

  • What have you learned since joining the CrossFit St. Charles Family?

    I have learned that I am much stronger than I realized, both mentally and physically. I have relearned the benefits of challenging myself, as opposed to focusing on my comfort level.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit moment?

    This year was my first CrossFit Open and I loved it! It was terrific seeing the community come together in supporting and competing against each other. More specifically, I was elated to do the first five pull-ups of my adult life and being able to celebrate with my family and teammates.

  • What impact has CrossFit had on you outside of the gym?

    I think the greatest impact has been mental. Prior to CrossFit, I would purposely avoid things that I was uncomfortable with. I currently embrace discomfort more than ever and actively seek out ways to challenge myself.

  • What’s your next CrossFit goal(s) and how close are you to reaching it?

    My next goal is to complete Murph. I hope to complete it this year (scaled pull-ups). None of these movements are within my wheelhouse and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

  • What’s something we might not know about you yet?

    Most people don’t know that I am a psychologist. I love being able to impact people’s lives daily. Also, no two days are ever the same, which I need because I tend to get bored easily.

  • What advice might you give to someone who is considering joining CrossFit St. Charles or is new to the gym?

    I would say that you won’t know if it is for you if you don’t try. You will likely be surprised how welcoming everyone is and how every movement is able to be scaled based on your current fitness level. Finally, experiencing the community here is something you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

  • What’s the Chris motto?

    Do what makes you uncomfortable.

  • Write us a WOD! What kinda movements do you love? What’s your favorite way to put in work?

    Rowing and heavy lifting are my jams! My favorite WODs tend to be shorter AMRAPs or workouts where I don’t have to worry about pacing. For time: 1000 m row 30 bodyweight deadlifts


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