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Member Spotlight – Chris Chandler

We are honored to feature our second Member Spotlight. Last month we highlighted a hardworking Taylor Haydock as our first Member Spotlight, and we loved getting to know more about her.. As we grow, it is harder for us to get to know each other, especially with classes at all times of the day. So we hope that the Member Spotlight will be a way to get to know someone you don’t, learn more about a friend, and find inspiration and motivation within our own community.

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This month’s Member Spotlight is Chris Chandler! Chris has been a part of CrossFit Regeneration since our first year. You will usually find him regularly in the evening classes, and most would describe him as quiet, hard working, dedicated, strong… You may have even seen his teenage son, Ben, joining him in the workout at times.

Charlie Sims shared this about Chris:

“Chris is one of our most consistent athletes. He’s been a part of our community for 3 years and I’m pretty sure that he’s never been absent for more than a week during that whole time! Sometimes I’m even a little jealous of his consistency. That consistency has brought him a long way over the years, but I’m especially impressed with the progress he’s made with his flexibility. It’s amazing how far he’s come!”

Chris answered some questions for us about his CrossFit journey:

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?

I had been running for about 3 or 4 years.  Everything from 5Ks to Marathons.  I hit a plateau where no matter how much I ran, I couldn’t seem to get any faster.  I started searching for a strength training program and found CrossFit.

My first day was intimidating.  I knew nothing about CrossFit.  Kari worked me through an intro class and evaluated my movement and fitness level.  I couldn’t do an air squat or pretty much anything else she asked of me.  I learned pretty quickly that I wasn’t as fit or strong as I thought.

When did you first come to CrossFit Regeneration?

June 2012.  I believe I spoke to Charlie a few times but was on the fence about joining.  A Groupon came out and I figured I would try it for a few months.  Been here ever since.

Experience playing sports or exercising prior to CrossFit?

I played soccer and ran cross country in high school.   Amateur bike racing and running in my twenties.  I was in an accident in my late twenties. A couple of surgeries later I just stopped being active.  Had a couple of short term gym membership in my 30’s.  Really didn’t start exercising again until I got back into biking and running in my early 40’s.

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend?

Usually attend the 5PM class four days a week. Try to run 4-6 miles a couple of days a week with one off day.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit  Regeneration?

Multiple things: Getting away from the office, working out with my friends, crushing a WOD and looking forward to the next, blowing up on a WOD and looking forward to redemption.

Favorite CrossFit accomplishment?

When I learned to consistently string together double unders.  Struggled with doing 1 double then two singles for a year (or more).

After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal?

I’m not usually too hungry after working out.  Eat a protein bar on the way home.  Washing it down with an ice cold orange Kill Cliff is the best though.

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?

Hanging out with my wife, Erica, and kids, Ben and Abby.  Cheering on Ben’s soccer teams.  Following UofL sports.  Active in the media and tech ministry of my church.

What do you do for a living?

IT Consultant and Software Developer.  Primarily working as a contract developer for a local medical software company.

What is one goal that you are currently working on?

Coach Moria’s success in the Masters Olympic competitions has motivated me to get with Zach about doing some one-on-one work.  Now I need to find time and follow through.

Summer Swole Attendance Challenge

Many of us have specific goals that keep us coming to the gym…wanting to set a new PR, lose weight, etc. But I’d like to encourage you to set a Summer Consistency Goal. Simply make it your goal to get to the box an average of 3-5 days a week over the summer. Here are 5 good reasons to have a Summer Consistency goal.

1. A consistent workout regimen reduces stress and increases your mental well being. When you work out regularly, your body releases endorphins that enhance your mood.

2. Consistency will decrease your chance of injury. It is too straining for the body to experience sporadic spurts of strenuous exercise.(Like hitting the gym once or twice every other week.) A gradual increase in intensity will allow your muscles, tendons and ligaments a chance to adjust to the strains and challenges of a fitness regimen.

3. Endurance fades when you skip exercising for too many days in a row. You’ve worked hard to achieve the gains you’ve made this year, you don’t want to lose them over the summer.

4. Perhaps most importantly, motivation also fades when you skip your workouts. For every day you decide to not come to the gym, it makes it that much easier to not come the next day…and eventually to stop coming all together.

5. By setting a Summer Consistency Goal, and achieving it…you could WIN PRIZES!……..

What?! That’s right! Introducing our
Summer Swole Attendance Challenge:

summer swoleThis challenge is FREE to CrossFit Regen members. You don’t even need to register! But you do need to MAKE SURE you LOG IN TO WODIFY every day you come in the gym during the months of June and July. We will be tracking the attendance via Wodify.

RULES:
-Log in to Wodify at the gym to track your daily attendance.

-Attendance at the gym is required. (At home workouts do not count for the attendance challenge.) Prizes are based on an average weekly attendance, so it’s okay if you miss a week or so due to vacation.

-You must workout, but you don’t have to complete the daily WOD. Participating in a specialized class (MissFit, Patriots, Bootcamp), Personal/Skill Training, or Open gym all count.

-Only one attendance time will count per day. We happily welcome you to come in and workout more than once a day. We like seeing your face. But the extra daily times will not count towards this challenge.

PRIZES:
GOLD LEVEL Prize – Have an average weekly attendance of 5 days a week during June and July – Receive FREE Admission to our Fall Seminar Series featuring specialized fitness training in the areas of running, rowing, weightlifting, and nutrition. PLUS Receive a FREE one-on-one Skills Session by one of our CFR coaches!

SILVER LEVEL Prize – Have an average weekly attendance of 4 days a week during June and July – Receive FREE Admission to our Fall Seminar Series featuring specialized fitness training in the areas of running, rowing, weightlifting, and nutrition.

BRONZE LEVEL Prize – Have an average weekly attendance of 3 days a week during June and July – Receive 1/2 Price Admission to our Fall Seminar Series featuring specialized fitness training in the areas of running, rowing, weightlifting, and nutrition.

We’re looking forward to seeing you every week this summer!

 

Member Spotlight

Taylor

We are starting a fun, new project at Crossfit Regeneration, the Member Spotlight. Our members are the very best part of this place. Determined, hard working, strong… basically awesome! As we continue to grow, it is harder for us to get to know each other, especially those who come in the mornings versus the evenings. This is a great way to get to know someone you don’t already, or learn more about one of your WOD friends, and find inspiration within our own community.

Our first Member Spotlight, is Taylor Haydock! Taylor has been a part of Regen for almost a year, along with her husband, Justin, and they have two beautiful children, Hamilton and Helene. Taylor is usually a member of “Team Zombie” (6 am class) where her drive and positive attitude does not go unnoticed. Coach Zach shared this about Taylor, “She’s a natural athlete, responds to cues very well, and always brings a positive atmosphere to the classes.” Taylor also participated in Project Teamwork as a part of the 2015 Open, where she rocked some big PRs and new skills!

Taylor was kind enough to answer some questions about herself for us:

How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD?

My husband joined sometime in the Fall of 2013 after hearing about it from fellow member and lifelong best friend, Brandon Quinlan. My first experience didn’t actually involve a workout. I came to watch Justin do a class so that I could see what all the CrossFit fuss was about. Charlie sat with me and our newborn daughter and spoke with me about the ins and outs of CrossFit. He answered a lot of questions I had and extended the invitation to come check it out when I was ready. I wasn’t ready just yet, but I’d be back!

When did you first come to CrossFit Regeneration?

I officially joined and attended my first class on June 16, 2014. That was the first day of Coach Kari’s CrossFit Mommies class AND the beginning of my CrossFit journey! The decision to join the world of CrossFit has been life-changing. The only regret I have is that I didn’t jump on board sooner! The Mommies’ class was THE perfect opportunity for me to get back into working out and making time for myself after having my second child.

Experience playing sports or exercising prior to CrossFit?

I have always had a passion for and been very active in physical activities and sports:

  • Ballet for 8.5 years from childhood into my early teens
  • Volleyball from 6th grade through high school; traveled with a club team in the off season
  • Group fitness classes as an undergrad student at UK
  • 2 years as the Group Fitness Director for UK’s Campus Recreation department, teaching classes for university students and faculty/staff nearly everyday during grad school
  • Ran several road races (5Ks, Triple Crown, KDF Mini Marathon)
  • Sprint triathlon and 70.3 (half-Ironman) in 2008
  • Tough Mudder in 2012 Before CrossFit
  • RIPPED and Spinning classes at LAC

How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally attend?

I come to CFR 3 to 4 days a week. I usually attend the 6am class, but lately, I have been mixing it up with the 5 or 6pm. Starting in June until August, I’ll be at the 9:30 or 11:30.

What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit Regeneration?

My CrossFit friends and the challenging workouts keep me coming back! This community is so wonderful and welcoming. I look forward to coming every day, and I’m sad when I miss a workout. I love that I can work out with my husband or at least talk about the WOD and challenge/hold each other accountable if we cannot make it to the gym together. The childcare option is a major plus, too. CrossFit Regeneration makes it virtually impossible for me to have an excuse to miss a day!

After a hard workout, what’s your favorite meal?

I love an ice, cold protein shake made with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, avocado, and ice after a good WOD!

What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit?

Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do when I’m not at the gym. I also love getting together with friends, finding fun activities to do around the city, and traveling to different places to visit out-of-town friends and family.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time PE and Health Teacher at John F. Kennedy Montessori Elementary. In addition to my “classroom” duties, I plan and implement several activities and programs during and after school to educate and help my students and their families, as well as my colleagues, lead healthier, more active lives.

Outside of teaching, I am an independent presenter for Younique, a natural-based cosmetics and skincare company. I enjoy spending time each day networking and sharing these amazing products with other women.

What is one goal that you are currently working on?

Toes to Bar is my current goal. I can do it, but not consistently enough for a MetCon. My ultimate goal is to regularly be able to perform at the C/prescribed level of Crossfit. I also live for the day when I can do a Muscle Up!

Favorite workout or movements? Least favorite?

I don’t have a favorite workout, per se, and as much as I miss Coach John, I sure do love the new programming. My favorite movement is Wall Balls – it’s such a great total body exercise! My least favorite movement is Burpees. Let’s just say I have a love-hate relationship with them!
Advice to someone considering CrossFit for the first time?

We have the best CrossFit box in Louisville-area as far as I’m concerned! Our Foundation class and Mommies’ group are both amazing ways to get started and ease into CrossFit without feeling intimidated. I love all of the new programs we offer, too. There’s such a variety, which makes CrossFit Regeneration so appealing to so many different people. We’ve got a really amazing thing going on here! I feel so blessed to be a part of it!