April of 2020 may be the most unique period in all of our lives, with everyone playing it safe and helping limit the spread of an awful virus. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t focus your energy on staying healthy! We can’t think of anyone else who embodies this can-do attitude of continuing to exercise and train hard than Chris George! George, as all who know him call him, is our athlete of the month for April!
Tell us all about your background!
I am originally from Minneapolis, MN. Went to college at Auburn University where I ran cross country and track. Double majored in Education and Social Work. My wife and I moved to Nashville because we both got tired of Auburn and wanted to start some where new. My wife, Kim, is from Memphis so Nashville is close to family for her. I have a dog, Gertie, and a son, Wells; aka ‘The Little Guy’.
What about your athletic background, what types of training have you done?
Ran cross country and track since I was in middle school. Ran for Auburn University from 2001-2006. Most training was around long distance running with light circuit workouts in the weight room 3 times a week. We didn’t spend much time lifting because we were running so much (around 80-100 miles per week). So CrossFit was really new to me and way outside my comfort zone at first.
You had an injury a couple of years ago, how did it happen, and what did you do to recover so successfully?
A little over a year ago I partially tore my Achilles while running. As I have gotten older I have noticed the wear and tear running long distance put on my body. To recover, I focused on icing/heating regularly and focused on flexibility while regularly attending CrossFit classes at CFSO. Focusing on functional fitness through CrossFit has helped me prevent injuries. I get a lot less injuries now compared to when I was just running.
Your work and home life take a huge chunk of time out of your day, how have the early morning workouts helped you out?
I love early morning work outs because it really gets my mind settled for the rest of the day and allows me to compartmentalize. I can get my workout in first thing in the morning, allowing me to focus just on work when I get to work, and family when I get home. I think that shifting my workouts to the morning time has enabled me to establish a consistent workout routine, as well. My job is very demanding, and there are a lot of things that can happen in a day that would throw off my schedule during the day and would cause me to miss my workout in the afternoon. Moving it to the morning has enabled me to prioritize taking care of myself, no matter how busy I get.
If a Workout was created in your honor, what difficult movement would have to be in it?
Would have to have some running in it… I still love it!
Share a goal for 2020 that you have!
I think the most important goal I have set for myself is to remain committed to working out 4-5 times a week during the school year. I know this may seem like a very basic goal, but I feel like if I can commit to coming during the school year with consistency that it will significantly help my mental health.
Who in your family are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my son Wells. I love his wild spirit and big heart.
Cheesiest and most memorable warm-up we’ve done?
I am a big fan of the Duck-Duck-Goose. Classic.
Give us a good ‘Dad’ Joke….
Do you know why you never see elephants hiding in trees?…Because they are really good at it!