Athlete of the Month
We are thrilled to announce Kris Garcia is this month’s Male Athlete of the Month! Born and raised in Southern Cali, Kris enjoys being active through sports and making a difference. Outside of Cross Fit, Kris plays in the VAVI Soccer and Kick-Ball leagues. You can always hear Kris supporting his peers during the WODS and continues cheering until everyone has finished the WOD. He has been our #1 Unofficial Coach.
Kris’ commitment to others introduced him to the wonderful world that is CrossFit. We are grateful to his friend, John, although he is currently on a hiatus (not to mention he lost 45 lbs., yay!), for introducing Kris to CF619. Kris hopes to continue making a difference for others through Coaching Across Continents. It’s an organization that would allow him the opportunity to coach and mentor children in developing countries.
Kris’ commitment to others, as well as his commitment to his training makes him this month’s superstar (Spirit Fingers, please)! Take a moment to learn more about Kris’ awesomeness below.
How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I heard of Crossfit from a co-worker, and thought really nothing of it. I figured it was simply some cardio-weightlifting class for people who wanted to lose weight. I agreed to join with a friend to help him get into shape, and the rest is history!
What was your first WOD experience?
After two years of NOT going to the gym, I jumped into a WOD consisting of strict pull-ups, sit-ups, and wall balls. I want to say it was a 30-25-20-15-10 sort of deal. I couldn’t string together more than a couple pull-ups at a time, and wall balls…well… let’s just say that I was walking funny for the next 4 days. It was the most rigorous and difficult workout I had ever done in my life.
How long have you been Crossfitting?
For about 1 year and 8 months.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Getting over my ego in the gym… Learning not to compare myself to others and how to focus on the proper form and functionality of movements.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
Let’s start with the bad: It has got to be thrusters. It incorporates movements I am weak in (legs and overhead) and drains me extremely quickly.
My favorite movement would have to be tire flips. There is just something extremely satisfying in the very basic/visceral movement associated with lifting and throwing heavy s%*t and getting dirty while doing it!
Which is your favorite girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
Any body weight focused girl works for me, but if I had to pick one… I would say Cindy. Yeah, she’s a bitch, but I love her!
What do you do as a profession outside of Crossfit?
I’m an IT Systems Analyst at Forward Slope Inc. Lots of sitting, got to stretch those hip flexors!
What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
I enjoy playing soccer, surfing, and anything having to do with beer whether it be brewing or tasting.
A fun fact… or two…
Star Wars Fan!
Aside from beer, I just try to eat clean. I try to avoid sodas, sugars, fried foods, and saturated fats. It’s also important to keep alcohol consumption low because it KILLS gains!
Do you have any Fitness Goals?
Personally, I find having specific goals restricting and distracting. Attaining a specific goal (target squat weight for example) may give rise to a feeling of accomplishment that could cause me to plateau.
Really my goal is simple: to become stronger every day; physically, mentally, and spiritually. You don’t get stronger by simply lifting weights… pushing through prior physical and mental boundaries and doing what you previously thought to be impossible; THAT is getting stronger. THAT is the goal.