Member of the Week: Chris Minnock

Published August 5, 2015

1. How did you find CrossFit and how long have you been doing it? 

After moving to Tucson, a trainer at the U of A hospital gym told me about CrossFit and had me do some of the workouts on my own. Like most everyone else, I realized quickly that I wasn't in as good of shape as I thought. I loved it though. I started looking around for a crossfit to go to, and Rubria told me about Crossfit Northwest Tucson. I've been hooked ever since I got here and was introduced to the fittest 60 year old man I've ever seen. I didn't believe him at first when he told me his age.
2. What is your favorite movements and also what is your favorite WOD? 
Cleans and anything with jumping. I don't have a specific favorite WOD, but I like the chippers and hero WODs. My favorite part of these workouts is seeing how far and fast you can push your body before failing - and where you fail. It's all a mental game really.
3. What WOD has left you thinking "I hope I never see that one again!"? 
None. I like the challenge and working on my weaknesses. I do cringe a little when I see WODs with a lot of situps or heavy overhead squats though.
4. What is your least favorite movement or WOD? 
Overhead squats are painful when you don't have enough shoulder flexibility.
5. Has CrossFit changed your life in any way? 
Besides getting into ridiculous shape trying to keep up with the "big boys" in the gym, I have adopted a much healthier lifestyle overall. I eat almost entirely Paleo now and have done a ton of stretching and yoga to work on my flexibility issues (if you haven't realized by now it's clearly one of my biggest problems). These things make me simply feel better all the time. The most important thing Crossfit has given me though is an amazing group of friends. There are so many awesome people that I otherwise would have never met without crossfit. I get to see these people everyday when I go to the gym, and that's what I look forward to the most.
6. Any advice for new members of CrossFit NorthWest Tucson? 
Focus hard on technique for the movements in crossfit and carry this over into the WODs. Time or number of reps are not what's important and not how you improve. Solid technique and efficiency are the key. STRETCH everyday. Pick an area that is bugging you or where you are tight and at least put in 10-15 minutes a day. This is something you should continue to do forever. It will help you get into much better and stronger positions during movements and will help prevent those nagging injuries from popping up. Your body will love you for it. Also, be patient. This whole crossfit thing is a journey, not an endpoint.
7. What is one thing you miss about being a kid? 
Going outside to play for hours at a time and having nothing on the back of my mind that I could be doing otherwise.
8. What is your favorite book? What is your favorite movie? 
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. Lord of the Rings movies. 
9. If you could have any super power, which would it be and why? 
Instant teleportation. It would save hours every day if I could just teleport where I wanted to go. I would be able to see the entire world at any time even just for a few minutes. I could see my family instantly without taking a flight home. The list goes on and on..
10. What is your favorite music during a work out? 
Rock music like Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Shinedown. I like to PR to Nickleback with Dan Sidebottom. For heavy lifts, rap music like Lil Wayne, Jay Z, and Kanye West give me the swagga I need to lift big.

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