Who is Chris S.?

25 May

Once upon a time there was a wee gym in Philadelphia full of men and women who started out with two coaches, tile floor, and a room full of sandbags and one pull-up bar. Later on with the help of its members that gym blossomed and grew into a new space that was filled with new equipment, new people, and even, new coaches.

I am very proud, CrossFit Center City, to introduce to you the newest member of our indomitable coaching staff – the mysterious “Chris S.” He will, in the absence of Greg (more on this later*), be helping us out by filling the position of Assistant Coach while he is training to take on full coaching responsibilities.

Chris comes to us from a long history of athleticism and a number of months spent CrossFitting at a gym outside of Center City.  He is CrossFit-certified but still very much learning to use his skills as a coach within the context of our training style here at CFCC.  We originally took him on as a member during the period of the CrossFit Games Sectionals, and soon found that his skills as an athlete were well-balanced and also well, really really fast.

We, the Coaches, would like to congratulate Chris on his hard work in shadowing us, his humble spirit, and the general positivity that he brings to every session he attends at CFCC.  We’d like you all to welcome him as well and continue to help him acclimated to what we think is Center City’s finest training center.

Where are you originally from?

-Somers Point, NJ

Describe one defining experience in your life:

– Finding out my father was diagnosed with cancer was a pretty gut-wrenching experience for my family and I. Despite being informed of this misfortune, we decided to embrace it and to take it on as a catalyst to change our lives as a whole. We dedicated ourselves to live more consciously and began to workout more, eat better, and to greater appreciate the time we spend together. I am happy to say my father is currently in remission and we are healthier and happier as a whole than ever.

What is CrossFit?

– CrossFit is a medium between body, mind, and soul that provides purpose and the pursuit to live every day as best as you can.

How did you first find out about CrossFit?

– I first found out about CrossFit when I dropped into a friend’s gym down in South Jersey.

What’s your favorite workout?

– To be determined. I can tell you which ones I don’t like.

If you had to pick one thing what would you be better at if you could?

– Patience

What do you think makes CrossFit different than just your typical gym?

– I think the biggest difference between CrossFit and a typical gym is the community-based approach within CrossFit. We bleed, sweat, and cry together, but we also share our lives and passions outside of CrossFit. Family and friends are very important to me, and this is what I thrive on.

What are some specific goals you have for your own training?

– Continue to progress in my strength and conditioning: Squat 350, Deadlift 400, 4min. Fran, Turkish Get-up 135, Run a 18min 5K, Run a 1hr and 30min ½ Marathon
– Compete in as many CrossFit competitions as I can.
– Qualify for CrossFit Regionals
– Further my education and certifications within CrossFit: Get my CrossFit Football Certification
– Complete a triathlon

What are some hobbies you have outside of training?

– Staying active in all sports and life: surfing, snowboarding, football, rock climbing etc.
– Spending time with family and friends
– Enjoying good food and drink
– Always continuing to learn

What are you relevant Certifications and Experiences?

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification
– 4yrs of College Football at Franklin & Marshall College

*As some of you may have noticed, Greg has officially been very absent from the gym for the last month or so.  We (Erin and Greg) decided mutually together that I would not speak too much about why or whether he had taken a permanent or semi-permanent break from owning and operating CFCC.  I’m very sorry about the silence and hope that it was not too confusing for all of you.  Now that we are nearing the end of May, I am able to say firmly that Greg is no longer an owner of the gym or a coach.  He has decided to step away from CFCC for personal reasons which I am not able to disclose.  All that said, he will still be around to train and he will, obviously, always hold a special place here at CFCC.  If you have any questions at all about his absence, please do not hesitate to ask me directly.  You can also read his bio on our Coaches Page.  As Greg and I have been friends and partners for a very long time, let me say, he will be very missed but I am so grateful for everything he’s taught me.


6 Responses to “Who is Chris S.?”

  1. Reid May 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    So mysterious…

    Congrats buddy. Look forward to your first class.

  2. rachel May 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Yeah Chris S! I think you’re an awesome addition to CFCC. So happy to have you on board!!!!

    • Jordan May 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm #


  3. jpap May 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    congrats, chris!

  4. Christopher May 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    That a boy Santi. Knock ’em dead.

  5. Jack May 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    congrats my man…

    Good luck Greg in whatever you’re up to…

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