Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Spotlight: Coach Chris Brown, CrossFit Awaken
Name: Christopher Brown (Owner)
Affiliate: CrossFit Awaken, Beaumont CA.
Years as a CrossFit Coach: 4 years
Favorite CrossFit movement: Clean & Jerk
Favorite song to WOD to: anything by Underoath
Fran Time: 2:08
Most recent PR: 242lb Squat Snatch
Last cheated on a WOD: NEVER!
Bacon Preference: Chewy (and nitrate free).
Last cheat meal: Apple fritter doughnut that was about the size of a dinner plate. It was large and in charge. I love pastries - that seems to be my kryptonite. (On a scale from 1 to 10, it was definitely a 10.)
What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
The passion behind the methodology
What has been your best coaching experience so far?
Every time a client thanks me for changing their life
A God filled inspirational box that glorifies the Lord in everything we do. We focus on being a positive influence and uplifting to our clients and leading them by example.
What’s the most common mistakes you see among new athletes at your affiliate?
Patience, body awareness, coordination, and poor nutrition I believe in proper nutrition and being well rested. Our bodies are machines and will handle anything you give it and will adapt to the training as long as you give your body what it needs to run its best.
If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Find balance in life, workouts, etc… too much of anything can be poison. Have fun and enjoy the ride.
Mobility is key, it is not the workouts or movements that cause injury it is are lack of mobility and flexibility to have proper technique in those movements that cause injury.
Do you have any success stories among your athletes you’d like to share?
The definition of success is “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.” Each one of us is a success story. If you are a dedicated CrossFitter that shows up on a daily basis and works through these brutal WODs, that in itself is a success story.
If ‘Chris Brown’ was a WOD, what would it be?
“Sampson Strength” - All weight and ALL HEAVY
Gymnastics. At a body weight of 215 it takes a lot of extra work to carry that load. Working on it every day to get stronger and stronger.
Who is your CrossFit alter ego?
Kenny Levrich because he is my friend, plus he is so calm and collected before a WOD and in his training. He never gets nervous or stressed. He also is a lover of Christ just like myself. Keep an eye out for Kenny this year at the 2013 Games, this kid is on fire.
Thanks for sharing Chris! Best of luck with the growing community at CrossFit Awaken!