Athlete Spotlight – Chris Munaretto
The Athlete Spotlight is meant to introduce you to members of our community you have yet to meet. If you have met them, you might just find out something new or something you have in common! The Athlete Spotlight series will run in conjunction with blog posts so look for these every other month or so.
Our Athlete Spotlight for July 2018 is Chris Munaretto!
Which days and class times can we find you?
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:00am and Saturday morning at 8:30 or 9:30am
What do you do for a living?
Outside Sales Rep for Ferguson Waterworks
When did you start CrossFit, and when did you start at CFBC?
I started CrossFit at CFBC in March of 2014
What is your favorite movement and why?
My favorite movement is the Thruster, because it incorporates both the front squat and push press, while keeping a stable core.
What is your LEAST favorite movement and why?
I don’t really have a least favorite movement. There are some movements such as Handstand Push-Ups and Squat Snatch that I’m less comfortable with, but I enjoy the process of working to get better and more efficient at these movements.
What is your biggest CrossFit accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is the overall improvement of my physical health and fitness as a direct result of consistently coming to CFBC, working out hard and having fun with friends. I began at CFBC overweight (240lbs) and had just completed a successful Cardioversion procedure to correct an AFib heart condition. I was prescribed a variety of medications by my cardiologist and asked to get into a regular routine of exercise to lose some weight. Going to the YMCA a couple days a week just wasn’t getting it done for me. A buddy at work told me about CFBC, and I signed up for foundation classes in March ‘14. Since then, I’ve lost weight (currently weigh 195lbs), gotten stronger and faster, and am happy to say that my cardiologist no longer requires me to take any medications.
What were you most afraid of when you started CrossFit?
I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was really out of shape. CrossFit can be very intimidating when starting out. But I quickly realized that you don’t have to be in shape to start CrossFit. It’s for everyone. Once I came to grips with the idea that I wasn’t going to be able to do a lot of things very well in the beginning, and that it was NOT a bad thing, I settled in and began to actually learn how to be an athlete again.
What are your fitness goals for this year?
I want to continue to get stronger, faster, healthier, each and everyday. I have two young boys that are very active and I want to be able to run, play, and participate with them in everything that they do.
Do you have any embarrassing CrossFit stories? You know you want to share…
Took a bathroom break mid workout one Saturday. Accidentally broke the handle off into the toilet in my haste to get back to the C2 Rower to complete my last leg of the partner WOD. Nobody else could flush the men’s toilet for the rest of the day because I actually flushed the handle down. Guess I didn’t know my own strength…
What is your “why” for doing CrossFit? Why do you keep coming back?
CrossFit provides me the opportunity to better myself each and everyday. I keep coming back to CFBC because of the excellent coaching, the great friendships with fellow athletes and coaches, and the overall CFBC community that supports me and makes working out fun every time I step foot in the box.