Whether we have past gym experience or not, the feeling of being timid or shy because you’re not the most “experienced” person in the room has probably been something we can all relate to. Chad came to CrossFit St. Charles with the experience of not always being the “fastest” or the “strongest” when growing up.
Nevertheless, he has pursued his journey between the four walls of our gym and we couldn’t be more proud to call him our Athlete of the Month for May!
As his coaches have put it…” he is consistent and coachable, learning more and getting stronger each day! He’s improving at a rapid pace. He’s able to take queues and immediately apply them.”
Make sure to read our full interview with him below to learn a little bit more about his story.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from a small town in southern Illinois. I enjoy being active by doing CrossFit, and weather permitting, I am an avid golfer. I got to marry my best friend and soulmate, Lauren and we love to be in the kitchen finding new recipes, playing with our Chihuahua, or traveling somewhere new.
What made you start CrossFit and what has kept you doing it?
My sister is a level 2 coach in Millstadt, Illinois so I‘ve attended her competitions every now and then and have seen how CrossFit works. But my wife Lauren, who started CrossFit before me, convinced me that CrossFit would be much more enjoyable and more our speed. She was right. . . like always.
Has your motivation changed since you first started?
I used to hate early mornings and would normally workout in the evenings, but since starting CrossFit, I thoroughly enjoy getting up early and am always looking forward to my next workout with CrossFit and the WOD.
What have you learned since joining the CrossFit St. Charles family?
The coaches at CFSTC have been so supportive of finding simple tips and tricks to master advanced movements no matter your skill level. They are always wanting to push you to do your very best and know when you can go heavier or faster.
What is your favorite movement?
Not Snatches or the Assault Bike
I enjoy Power Cleans and rig movements. I find myself looking forward to WODs that include those movements. I feel myself prioritizing those movements the most.
What impact has CF had on you outside of the gym?
My wife, Lauren, is my biggest encourager and biggest pusher to be a better person. Not just in the gym, but in maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.
I find myself watching YouTube videos on how to become a better CrossFit athlete and learning techniques for harder movements (Muscle-ups, Snatches, Butterfly Pull-Ups, etc. . . )
7. What is your next CrossFit goal and how closer are you to reaching it?
Hitting my first bar Muscle-up followed by stringing multiple together and prioritizing movements around technique and having confidence when approaching your goal.
What’s something we might not know about you?
My high school mascot is “The Midgets.” My golf handicap is 4.5 and was a collegiate national champion in 2011 and I’m the baker of our household.
What advice might you give to someone who is considering joining CFSTC or is new to the gym?
I was always timid in the weight room growing up as I wasn’t the strongest or the fastest. But the family and coaches at the gym are there to not only work out with you but to work out together as a team and encourage everybody to push to do their best no matter their expertise.
What is the Chad motto?
I say “Ooooof” a lot, but…” every step taken should be a step forward.”
If you could write your own WOD, what would it look like?
3 Rounds for time: 15-12-9 | Pull-Ups, Power Clean, Wall Ball
What are two of your favorite songs?
Since joining CFSTC, I’ve jumped on the Big Bootie / Two Friends playlists train to workout to. I’d say remix Big Bootie 18 and Florida Georgia Line – This Is How We Roll
Congratulations, Chad! We’re all proud of you and look forward to seeing you improve your craft at the CrossFit St. Charles gym!